108. Particle Shadows
• Cast realistic shadows from a 3D Particle System
• Includes work-flow tips and setup for custom sprites
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This tutorial also includes a mini 3D Max demo for creating the "Future Balls"!
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310 Responses to "Particle Shadows"
Jesper
07/13/2014
Have tried this tutorial maybe 25 times now. Have given up. Blaming my computer on this because I now know every step in my sleep and still can´t get it to work.
Morten Normann Almeland
12/06/2013
Is the software that you use here from Red Giant?
Angus
03/11/2013
Sensational. Thanks, so much for putting this tutorial up. You just solved the issue I was scratching my head over.
pm
12/19/2012
yes you are awesome !!!
Peter
09/08/2012
This video is sooo great thanks a lot. I learnt a lot. But I have an issue I can't really work out and found nowhere the solution. My problem is when Andrew hits top view, he also sees the particles from the top view angle, BUT when I hit top view, I see the particles from the exact same angle as in active camera view, so I can't move on with many project because of this. I believe it's just an adjustment, but I can't find it. Can someone help? Thanks in advance, Peter.
Andrea
10/02/2013
i have the same problem, i reviewed the tutorial countless times but i can't figure it out :( i DID create the camera but when i switch between views i see the particles always from the same perspective (the one of the active camera)
peterdez
01/25/2013
That's probably because you have not created a camera.
r3dr00m
10/05/2012
From what I can understand, you can see the same thing in Active Camera as you can see in Top View. What me it means, your camera is in Top Position. Does it happens only in this tutorial or is that all the time?
Connor
09/17/2012
I'm having the same problem. Also, when i create the null and new camera in the shadow comp it gives the particles a new position (doesn't actually change the seed value).
omar
08/14/2012
are u secretly a teacher?
david poleski
06/29/2012
Andrew,
This is simply amazing, beautiful work. And what command of the tools you have...allowing your gravid and wonderful imagination to roam so freely and create such an inspiring and evocative realm. Really lovely work. Kudos!
Albert
06/29/2012
Eyo! Endrew u rock dawg. You make your tutorials easy to understand by the jokes and you make and everything. you da best bra
Kyle
06/05/2012
You're tutorials are awesome! I like your design techniques and work flow, and you're hilarious!!! my favorite part of this tutorial "yup, future balls..... always a problem"

Keep up the good work! :)
prem kumar reddy
03/21/2012
its very nice awesome work.
luism4nu3l
03/09/2012
man is awensome your work, i desire can ear your tutorial in spanish, i am from venezuela
shaofei
01/11/2012
That's very good,thank you very much.
J.S. Eddy Imagery
01/09/2012
Exceptional tutorials. So complex, yet so simple... Great job. Thank you for sharing your hard earned skill so freely with all of us!
Wilberforce
01/04/2012
how do i download this tuts
AE Guy
11/12/2012
Use Youtube Video downloader it can download videos from any site
kay
10/04/2011
is there any writing tutorial that i can follow instead of video...having some problem coz' in loading. help.
Reggie
09/27/2011
Can You Also Use Video To Make It Because i want this in my video
Bufa
09/19/2011
I found the solution
ctral+a to all (png) image you render it then selected as sequence
that well copmine all the image to one animate image
Bufa
09/19/2011
Hi
Pleas..!
How do you make the (png sequence file) of the 3d BALL
M
09/01/2011
Futuristic balls hehe
Vaibhav Kadam
08/20/2011
Hi.............
Where is the Tutorial download link.
Please available because my internet don't have that much speed to watch it.
Please................................
Knap
08/16/2011
still have something to learn and your toturial are so helpfull. This time i dont have the tradcode option in Effect. i have CS5 tell me where i can find all the adds you have on your AE. thx a lot
pham thanh tung
07/26/2011
hjfk.
dongge
07/03/2011
yao xi yao xi ....
Julian Salazar
07/02/2011
Hi there...All this effects are in the evolution package? ..So .. This effects are compatibles with AE 5.5 ?...
Sadaf
06/19/2011
Hi Andrew ,I am Sadaf from Afghanistan, thanks for your teaching ,How can i get free plug-ins ,hope to help me
kinglong
06/14/2011
Why I am in the effect of rendering 3 DMAX without your bright the effect is very dim instead of me
yasha
06/01/2011
i did the ball on 3d max but i dont know how to render it and how to imported to AE can someone help me please i really wanna do this so bad or can someone make me a tutorial on how to make and how to render it and added to AE thank u
mustafa
05/15/2011
so good
PaulUtham
05/05/2011
Fantastic
Daniyal
05/05/2011
Awesome work
Guney
04/22/2011
hey mate it's cool...
smail
04/13/2011
hi
i am beginner !
bu it great
thanks
wkhalad
04/13/2011
good work
thanks
Evguenia
04/06/2011
Andrew, thank you so much for what you're doing. I needed to find out about the looping gif animation, about the particles in 3D space and about the bounce particle effect. I found it all in this tutorial. I also bought one of your products and I absolutely loved it. Thank you for what you're doing! You're the BEST! Yes you are, when it comes to AE tutors. I haven't met anybody better! I'm sure I'm not the only one!
Please don't stop making your products and tutorials!
Best Regards!
Ateryxx
03/28/2011
Hey Andrew,

First I want to thank you for this awesome tutorial, I am learning a lot. I am a little bit confused about how to animate that ball, because in 3D Max you just modeled it without set any starting, or ending frame. This is the only issue I am having with this tutorial, I already made the ball, added shell modifier and material, I just don't know how to proceed with animation.

Thank you very much, you rule man.
Javi Agüera
04/13/2011
I found a solution to this (at last!!) The PNG file must be a PNG sequence which will reflect your animation. You must animate the ball (hit AUTO KEY and animate it). Then, in RENDER SET UP, select the number of frames you used in your animation. Scroll down and in OUTPUT, click FILE, create a new folder (because it will render a high number of frames) and select PNG as filetype. Then, in Af Ef all you have to do is import the first file of the sequence. The PNG sequence box must be checked, and, there you go!!
Javi Agüera
04/13/2011
I have the same problem. Everything's fine but when I go back to AE, the ball just won't move, because it's not animated. I don't know how we can render the animation in 3DS Max. Thank you!!!
Ila Yogeswararao
03/21/2011
sir this is yogeswararao my dome work is many imparthint
Jonathan
03/14/2011
YOU'RE GENIUS!
Misi
03/13/2011
Hi Andrew,

I hope you are going to read comment from such a old post!

I have problem with my shadows. Let me explain.

I am doing dhadows to my bouncing balls. Something like in you examples.

The problem is When I set up the expession for the focus distance and connecting it withe the position of the grid and camera it is just working in the opposite way. That means as the balls are getting closer to the ground the shadows are vanished and blured. As the balls are bouncing away from the ground the shadows are getting sharp and smaller. Which is obvously not good.

Any suggestions where am I go wrong.

The null rotated -90 degrees. The floor rotated as you did - 90 degrees.

Any idea, suggestions.

Thank you,

Misi
zhouchuande
02/24/2011
it is great
pirak
02/22/2011
your my new teacher...thx a lot man!!!!!!
zehirulislam
02/22/2011
its great
virtualmachine
02/18/2011
The funny thing is, very few people know who Larry Bird is.
Felecan V Andrei
02/14/2011
so great....so so great....
lucian
02/09/2011
good..respect!;)
dorksorn
02/03/2011
Cheer ! I love all your tutorials... !
moazzam ali
02/01/2011
i like this tutorial
mohamed
01/29/2011
this is cool keep it up Awesome tutorial
Alain Lores
01/28/2011
one of the smartest particular tutorial i've seen.
Arun
01/27/2011
Awesome tutorial.

Keep it up...
Antonio
01/25/2011
Awesome tutorials, Kramer for president!
mojtaba
01/23/2011
I thank you very much you pay good site
Robert
01/04/2011
This site is absolutely amazing, way beyond my capabilities at this point, but I have already started making some amazing animations and just wanted to say thank you.
Josh
01/04/2011
Hi Andrew,

Awesome Tut.

Just wondering how you did that camera zoom technique in your demo example.
Ryan Connoly
12/29/2010
wassup andrew kramer i;m just letting all of you folks know that i'm going to be using this technique on my show. Check it out at Youtube.com/filmriot or triunefilms.com
Dan
12/29/2010
I'm new to AE so you can only imagine how mind blowing this is to me.

Your personality (which actually captures your audience) even trumps your astounding knowledge.

Great stuff, Andrew.

Dan
Mike
12/29/2010
There's something wrong with the project files :(
Jimmi
12/24/2010
Thank you man.
really useful!
FishTea
12/15/2010
Hey Andrew i think your crazy man!!!!
I admire you for that!
^^v

Hope i have that ideas in your head!! LOL
doski
12/15/2010
hi andrew
u r very best
thank u
Jon H
12/14/2010
Another great tutorial! I love the humor as well =P
Proofray
12/13/2010
That Smoke Shadow effect reminds me on the Smoke Monster from LOST. Would love to see something like that with the lighting added.
Sam Peaer
12/09/2010
Hi do you know that Adobe affter efact dose not write Arabic my friend in Arabic land asked my to sand you you this massege , by the way this point are a weak point in after effact. Sam
Elad
12/08/2010
you should totally make a tutorial for
a guy jumping inside a wall and disappear in to it
leaving some waves on the wall :D
smartass
12/11/2010
How about no!
Mauro
12/08/2010
Thank you, Your works are wonderful ... Merry Christmas and a prosperous new year.!

Copilot Onward!

By Mauro! here in Brazil!
DARE
12/08/2010
My thanks go to Mr.Kramer
then let me appreciate your good job
believe me when you give something
you will get something else in advance
U have really done well for me
Philippe
12/06/2010
We love complex tutorials !
sures
12/06/2010
thank u for u r works
Hervé Palak
12/06/2010

Hi Andrew Cramer and video copilot's team

You are so fantastic !
Thank you for your tutorials and good mood!

From France,
Hervé
Regie
12/01/2010
Thank you for your tutorials, it really helps me to understand AE...
lining
11/28/2010
Is there anyone go beyond Andrew in this arena?
Daddy_C
11/25/2010
Andrew Kramer is a Digital LEGEND!! Thanks for your tutorials Andrew, your skills are amazing, a modern day YODA!
Tim
11/16/2010
Hi,
Thanks for the wonderful tutorial. Wondering if anyone knows of an equivalent to "shell" in Cinema 4d. I cant figure it out.
thanks so much.
sajantk
11/08/2010
awesome u r grate machuuuu..........
Vimal
12/09/2010
Hi man ,r u frm Kerala.
ahmed esmail
10/24/2010
u r very good man
i hope i will like u
Jazi
10/17/2010
you the Big BOSS, really!
Michi
10/16/2010
Very Good Tutorial. I come to fast nice results! Thank you!
lee
10/10/2010
Awesome work!!! Nice tutorial!!!
AEeater!
10/06/2010
hi
U R the best AC
torrejais
10/04/2010
can you tell me how you pass the animation on 3d max to after effects? i have a little trouble in that stee..thanks
faris
09/27/2010
thenk you
Neil Regalado
09/26/2010
Is there any free third party plug-ins?

because i'm just a student, and we kinda need it for our Video Effects class.. though it is not required, it's just, i want to try it, because your's are amazing
ashkan
09/24/2010
Good job.
your web site is very usefull.
r@di@nzz
09/23/2010
great work dude!! jst become a fan of u....like ur tutorials..m jst d beginner of After Effects...and ur work really helps me a lot to learn AE...thanks dude.
Marin
09/17/2010
AWESOME GREAT THANK YOU!!! FOR THIS TUTORIAL!! YAHOOOOOOOOO
bc
09/17/2010
Used the same shadow technique with Form and some matchmoving...
http://www.vimeo.com/14896729
Keyes
09/15/2010
Tanks u?sir
good work.
Thomas
09/12/2010
Thanks for another great tutorial, Andrew! Really appreciate your time, man!

Lots of thanks from Norway
Carlos
09/12/2010
Hi, i love your tutorials but i haven't found a dvd menu tutorial for after effects,if you please do a simple one.
Thanx and Good Work
The Wigs
09/07/2010
It would be great to put some sort of energy pulse either inside or outside of the future balls. Or perhaps make them into a light sucker so they absorb the ambient light in a shot. I like the potential for this tutorial. I also love Andreisms... LOL @ "I'm like the wite Larry Bird." :D
phing
09/06/2010
very very goooooood work
Subash
09/05/2010
Master Andrew You Are Rocking Everyday.
AlaniX
09/05/2010
Hi Andrew, i am cuban and i live in cuba also, i am a huge fan of your works and right now i am studing your tutorials, my question is if there is another way to find your plugins for ae cs4 for mac, in cuba the internet is too slow and i dont have credit card.
Thanks man and sorry my english.
Ruben
09/02/2010
Hey!!Great tut Andrew but I have a problem with 3DSmax. I can´t view the Render Setup Box. click on in switch but don´t appears nothing... i have any time with this problem. help please!! thx
fdograph
08/30/2010
you rock man!
armin
08/30/2010
hi my name is armin from iran how i can give best quailty in ae bcuase i made tizer in iran but cant give best of those
smash
08/22/2010
sir,
i want 2 become motion graphic. can u help
pls.
jasper
08/18/2010
good movie andrew,

i got only one question
how can I scale a whole composition down
becouse I made a to big movie.

srry for my bad english I am Dutch
pratap
08/16/2010
Hello Andrew, i want text effect more. will u please make some hollywood film text effects. there are various kinds of amazing text effects you can find in english movies. i want that. how do you make sun rays effect coming behind the texts in most of the movies.
InSpecialFX.co
08/15/2010
thx for your tutorial. realy2 helpfull. GBU
tushar
08/15/2010
sir u r god.
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