94. Particle Explosion
• Build a complex particle system using CC Particle World
• Synchronize the particle blast to shatter a title
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746 Responses to "Particle Explosion"
strimpel
03/21/2014
cant find any feature in the new camera lens blur that do the same as the specular brightness like the oldest lens blur had please help
puck
03/06/2014
I told my husband it was after effects time and he thought I'd taken the wrong medications. :/
Heather T
10/23/2013
This is a great tute! However when I download this it comes in OK and registers as 9.2 mg, but when i try to extract it says it is empty. I am wondering if it is just for Mac and not windows
lentz
10/17/2013
i see that the out of depth plug-in works fine in the video, but for me it shows this watermark and i don't know what to do about it. i downloaded it straight from the website and am running Cs4. please help
awesome
09/13/2013
i love it , very useful for me as a beginner!!
Kei
09/11/2013
How did you go into the options for the particle world preset? When I look on my effects control all it shows is Reset and About, there's no option button. Please help.
Christian
08/23/2013
How do you go into the options for the particle preset? When I look on my after effects all it shows is... Reset and About. No Options button. Please help.
Owen
10/16/2013
CS5 and above no longer have that option. He's using an older version. Everything you want is inside the plugin.
bonz 32
08/22/2013
you are the boss.
NickK
08/21/2013
Just rewatching this tutorial again. I forgot how hilarious Andrew's tutorials are!
Rosewood59
08/05/2013
Hey Andrew,OR If any one know how to do this,

The layer that has the word that does the explosion. When I duplicate that layer and change the word. It changes all the word in other layer. How to I do this to change just one layer but keep all the setting the same. In The sample video you have 2 word explosion but you didn't show how to do it?
Julian Semerene
08/30/2013
The problem is that you're duplicating the same pre-comp inside the comp.. Basically, you're just telling it to put the sam singular pre-comp into it once.. If you go into your project manager and then duplicate there (and then drag it into your comp) you should be good
Jonathan
08/05/2013
Great tutorial, can u please tell me how u brought up that expression code? Really interesting stuff.
Kevin
07/23/2013
In case anyone needs the ccNull info: x=thisComp.layer("ccNull").transform.position[0]-thisComp.width/2;
x/thisComp.width

y=thisComp.layer("ccNull").transform.position[1]-thisComp.height/2;
y/thisComp.width

z=thisComp.layer("ccNull").transform.position[2];
z/thisComp.width
Scottie
11/27/2013
THANK YOU
Hamid,B
07/11/2013
Hello
You had made some particles using some stucco and a camera, I want to have it's tutorial, please guide me how can I have that.
I am very thankfull
Marwin
07/08/2013
Thanks master :D
iyiding
05/12/2013
I'm a study,learn Ae
Mostly deaf
03/05/2013
Any chance of a closed captioned version, or transcripts using dragon dictate?
INDIGO
02/14/2013
cool !!
SHIVANGI
02/02/2013
VERY NICE TUTORIAL.
Skull
01/24/2013
How do you bring up the expressions for the ccNull object? Help need this for a project!
Why Tell Your Wife
01/09/2013
Women do this too ya know :)

Nikki
10/28/2013
Agreeeeeeeed and my Husband doesn't know about After Effects. Ergo, men can be ignorant of nerdy shit too.
jonathan
01/08/2013
hola quisiera saber si es que me pueden ayudar de donde descargo el plugin de lens blur q no lo tengo si alguien me puede ayudar
Olesia
12/22/2012
Sorry to ask, but I can't link velocity (layer "particles", physics) to the control layer, as I can't make the needed sign for stretching and linking (looks like the spiral, I'm not sure about it's name. You called it like pickwig or so) to apper. Could you help, please. I'm Russian, and I'm trying to do sth in AE for the first time.)))
YunS
12/14/2012
cooooooooooool
Victor
12/02/2012
I dont have the "Options" space when applying the motion blur to the particles... what do I do then?? please answer
Emanuele
03/05/2013
Hi Victor,
my advice for you is to use the following effect:
Effects > Blur & Sharpen > CC Radial Blur.
Set Type as "Straight zoom"
Set Amount around 15

The effect is realy similar.
You must applicate this effect to the layer "Particle".

Greetings ;)
EM
victor
12/05/2012
But Do I do it OVER the particle system effect or under or where?
ahmad
12/04/2012
you can use another blur for the particles i try it before
Bill
11/27/2012
You mention "forward arrow" to move forward 10 frames... I'm using a Bella keyboard.. could you give me an idea what "forward arrow" looks like?
Amy
11/26/2012
great tutorial! though I do have a question, the second time I tried to recreate this, the particles kept flickering on and off in frames (ie: one frame its there, the next one its not, and so forth)
why does this happen and how can I fix it?
Alex
06/06/2013
I have exactly the same problem. It seems to be connected to the particle birth rate size. As I increase the value some of the particles start to flicker on and off. Some help would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance :)
L U I S A L B E R T O
11/20/2012

LA PALABRA MAS HERMOSA ES EL PERDON
Kathy
11/02/2012
oh sorry... i didn't know it was guy time.
sorry for crashing!

- totally awesome tutorial! :)
Jack
10/26/2012
Is Camera Lens Blur the same as Lens Blur? It's the only one that has lens blur in it's name. I'm running CS5.5 on a school computer (we just upgraded to windows 7) so I don't really have the installation disk, so will Camera Lens Blur work?
3rdming
10/17/2012
great tutorial you have, keep it up thanks Alot!
bkoken
10/15/2012
hey guys. re particle explosion tutorial 94. I love it but cannot seem to get your expression connecting particle x,y,z positions to the null layer. Have typed it in manually and pretty sure it is exactly as per your expression you created. However, I keep on getting window error saying expression disabled. underneath that it specifically says:

error occurred at line 1.
comp: 'comp 3'
layer: 3 ('particle')
property: 'Position X'

It shows same error respectively for Y and Z position as well.

Any ideas why this is happening? I have quintuple checked!

Thanks
Digital TK
10/17/2012
You need to be sure that the Null layer name (in the exppression) is the same as you named it. otherwise it wont work
Ashenafi Berhanu
09/04/2012
Whan an awsome tutorial as usual!!!
Rodney
09/04/2012
and we'll write something clever " write something clever "

haha to funny sir.
Jay A
09/02/2012
Excellent tutorial as always, Andrew - thanks for this. Where did you get the sound effects from for this example?
kranthi
08/06/2012
i want to learn the particles in after effects. and i want learn about the logo making
hassandh
08/02/2012
its good thanks
hasan
08/01/2012
from where i can find cc pixel polly and cc pixel world? please help me to find it for free
off
07/31/2012
nice tutor..

bravo
Mohanad 117
07/31/2012
Thanks andrew u the best
Amir Hassan
07/20/2012
Thanks Boss
Markus
07/05/2012
Great tutorial, thanks a lot!!!
feras abdul
07/03/2012
z=thisComp.layer("Null 1").transform.position[2];
z/thisComp.width
this code doesnt work :(
but thanq soo much for the tut
Death_angelus
05/06/2013
Be sure you've made the ccNull layer a 3D Layer before past this code ;)
Angie
06/28/2012
My "sprite" particles dont look like this... at all they look like little glowing dots not winged things.. help?
kevin
06/19/2012
hey. how to get that frichluft?. i don't have like that ^^
kevin
06/19/2012
thanks! \m/ it helps me a lot. ^^
Chameleon
06/03/2012
Place the final comp please :(.
1boompje
05/15/2012
I have no wife I'm just 14
RAMJEEVAN V. GHAZ
05/14/2012
TUTORIALS FOR PARTICLE SISTEM VERY LIKE
MAU RM
05/14/2012
how do you get CC Partical world
char
05/13/2012
When I change anything that changes appearence of the composition, it doesn't automatically update while I'm changing it. Instead, i see the change once I'm finished. For example: If I scale something from 100% to 50%, I don't see the transition, but I see the object scaled from 100% to 50% automatically whem im finished dragging...How can I change that? Thank you!
ben
05/10/2012
How do I open the particle world options on CS5.5
grayson
05/11/2012
there is no options but on the layer to which you apply Particle World, enable motion blur (tick the box under the motion blur icon, which looks like three circles overlapping.)
Mau
05/09/2012
This is great. Excellent work!!!
Brandon Fraser
05/05/2012
At 6:58, It says I have to go onto options. I'm using CS5.5, and..I don't have options..?
Shadstar
05/04/2012
WOW, I am realy impressed with myself on this one. Made mine blue and added some different effects!
GeekAmateur123
04/30/2012
At 09:36min , when you open the script fort X,Y and Z values , I can't because I don't know open the box of script :S

Can you help me please ?


(I'm sorry my english , I'm french and I don't speak english very well :/)
arun
05/08/2012
prass alt and hold and click on animation watch the script box will open
Rk
05/03/2012
I think you need click in the icon time and keep tight at the same time the alt key.

(I'm sorry too for my english)
Kabir
05/02/2012
Alt click on the stopwatch for the values to script
catalin
04/21/2012
thanks for the tutorial! i am new in this. 2 days :D

how can i repeat the explosions. i tried to precompose and duplicate, change the start time. but nothing happened
henvic
04/17/2012
sorry but I could give the expression of ccNull because I can not optener
Bocki
03/31/2012
Awesome effect.
As always xD
hussain
03/30/2012
i can't find the option button next to the cc particle world , (cs5)
Bruno
03/11/2012
Friend! where get him the preset "Frischluft" to get "Out of focus"?
urgent please!
Thank you!
FIX THE NUMBER
02/12/2012
i just fixed the comments it was 666 now 667! :D lol
Lik
02/09/2012
Very good tutorial great :)

But i stuck beetwen 7.15 and 7.30

Here is picture:
http://imageshack.us/f/853/picture2uo.jpg/

Please somebody help! :(
Viker
02/15/2012
Animation -> Add Expression
Lik-man
02/09/2012
Please somebody help me:
I can't velocity in slider...
Here is pictures:
http://imageshack.us/f/811/pictureib.jpg/

http://imageshack.us/f/853/picture2uo.jpg/

In tutrial that is 7.15 and 7.30.... I have AE cs4

Great tutorial btw...
Bea
03/20/2012
Alt+Click then parent
Viker
02/15/2012
Animation -> Add Expression
Idad Nurjaman
02/07/2012
Terima Kasih (Thanks)
Nestor
02/03/2012
awesome
vishnu
01/29/2012
Awesome!!
its better to share more tutorials that include cinema4d
Nico
01/16/2012
you my friend, are awesome. Thanx :D
Dillon
01/09/2012
Getting alot of trouble finding certain things on my AE CS5 :(
REP
01/04/2012
Yup, no options button, but that is a CC thing (as it is a complete re-write per web chat info), not Adobe.

However, almost all of the "options" functions (in CS5.5) are in the Effects Controls tab. For example the "Opacity" functions are now under "Opacity Map" and you can select "Custom" in the drop down menu to manipulate the settings. "Depth" functions are under "Extras," "Floor" under "Physics" with "Floor Is" now called "Floor Action", etc.

True, Force Motion Blur appears to be gone but you can get a similar effect by simply turning on Motion Blur at the layer level and enabling it on the composition. It may be that this function simply over-road the fact that motion blur might not be enabled on the layer but this is speculation.

Also, "Lens Blur" is now called "Camera Lens Blur" and has the same functions, and perhaps more, albeit under different names such as Roundness for Iris.

I was able to recreate the project with minimal differences.
Dan
12/28/2011
Love your tutorials, Andrew!

Secondly, for those of us on CS5 we're pretty much screwed out of this one... There's no "Options" button for the CC Particle World on CS5, and I've wasted the past hour and a half trying to find a way around it. Google results all suggest to turn motion blur on via the layer's "Switches" settings... but that doesn't actually doesn't do anything in this instance.

Anybody have any luck with this??

Basically, thanks to Andrew and a big fat screw you to Adobe! If it ain't broke...
van
12/20/2011
How do you apply the "old" click when you click on the velocity as i cannot understand it.

Thanks
soldat
03/12/2012
dude he says "alt click" not "old" click lol
Kat
01/22/2012
about the "old" click, i had the same problem. I think that it is a comannd - "add an expression". Go to the animation, and manual add an expression.
Kat
01/22/2012
about the "old" click, i had the same problem. I think that it is a comannd - "add an expression". Go to the animation, and manual add an expression.
chrid
12/19/2011
hola amigo q buenos videos y buenos tutoriales sigue asi porfa ayudame deseo bajarme un plug-in para adobe after effect bueno si se puede gracias
AnonymousxD
12/09/2011
How did you get the simulation: CC Pixel Polly?
I don't have it =.=
Warr
11/29/2011

Hey, my layer seems to disappear with i put the particle effect on it, but i love the tutorial, I will try this again, maybe i missed something, I'm use CS5 for it, this was awsome. thanks
penti
11/29/2011
How I can SHOW the expression at 9:37?
Wich comnad i could use?
Gale
11/29/2011
The Particle World Script doesnt seem to be working for me i turned on the 3D layer and pasted the codes from the notepad file. Im using CS5.5. Nothing hapens when i move the ccNull
william
11/16/2011
you forgot to mention one thing.........That half way through.....at 11:27 seconds in........you forgot to mention that the project was originally 32bpc then you say switch it to an 8bit.....how bad is this going to mess things up...and Editing this in CS5.5 is way different. like on the lens blur.....cs5.5 dont have the specific one....and they have a camera lens blur but the setup looks way different...any suggestions TY
Bolonice
11/08/2011
hello Andrew,
where can i get the sound effect for this video tut's.
maybe you can give me :D
ryan
10/31/2011
whether the after effect CS3 support for all your tutorials?
JeweLz
10/18/2011
Hello Andrew,

I have a question. I'm using After Effects CS5.5 and I have a problem with the Particle World options. Actually, I don't see the options button anywhere.
So I can't apply that Motion Blur and that kind of ruins the tutorial...

Is there a way to fix that?

Regars.
fer
12/08/2011
also in the effects and presets just type force and force motion blur should appear just add it to the layer and it should give you the same effect or something very similar (the effect will appear in the control layer intead of particle) hope it helps :)
JeweLz
10/18/2011
Actually, I figured it out.
For all who have the same problem, here is the decision.
At the Effect Controls tab you have a little button with options. Click it, then click Show Animation Presets and you are ready. :)

Hope I helped someone.

Andrew, thank you for the useful tutorials. Keep up the good work.
nani
10/14/2011
very good in in options but particles and motin blur and cc particular
mark
10/12/2011
its great
Funk Knight
10/11/2011
Awesome! Thanks for this! Extremely useful!!!
Yolanda
10/04/2011
That is an awesome video ever
but i am using CS5.5 version of after effects n i found the CC pixel polly were missing...

can anyone help?
Lelouch
10/04/2011
ahhhah the intro of all ur videos begin with "Hey what's up, andrew kramer here" and there's that song in background, very funny


Btw amazing tutorials
Thank for share :D

Joel
09/29/2011
where can I download the adobe After effects please!
TF
09/28/2011
Great tutorial as always!!

I have a slight issue with the slider keyframes, the 3 keyframes have the values of 0, 150, 0 & I have got 4 sets of these on the timeline, however when I add another set it doesn't activate the particle world parameters that are linked to the slider.

I assume there is no limit to how many times the slider can be keyframed!!
TF
09/30/2011
What a numpty, I figured it out!! I was using a texture for the Particle World and the texture was in a pre-comp with a duration of 30secs, so as soon I was keyframing the slider after 30 seconds in the Master Comp, it wouldn't see any texture anymore.
Preacher
09/28/2011
you can go to animation and press add expression while you clicked on velocitiy then you're able to link it in CS%
nic
09/24/2011
good
Poreznik
09/20/2011
Hello,
i have AAF CS5.5 and i cant find ParticleWorld effect options to turn up the motion blur
Karina diaz
08/15/2012
it should work I bought Cs5.5 and I had particle work go to the search box and type particle world
marihanna
09/14/2011
These tutorials are amazing. Wathced many of them and only thing i now hear in my head is "Edit, duplicate.. Edit, duplicate.. Edit, duplicate..."..
Antoine
09/02/2011
What mean Slider Control in french please 'cause I'm french !
RafaelBrasil
09/01/2011
adrew voce e o melhor!!!!!!
lopezi
08/22/2011
can I find the sound effects of the composition?
Candace B.
08/17/2011
i had fun working with this tutorial. totally blowed by boss away. :)Hope ur feeling better! VIDEOCOPILOT AMAZING
n.darken
08/17/2011
this time, you can say for your family, i'm endrew cramer's fan
twinkle
08/16/2011
hi, i don't have the CC pixel polly effect.. from where can I get it?
Carl
08/12/2011
nice tutorial ~ TQ~ good website, pro man~
Eto
08/05/2011
Thanks a lot. First time using After Effects.
Found this very helpful and my progress has been great.
Cheerio ol' chap.
hasan
08/05/2011
hi ok
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