63. Smoke Screen
• Composite and animate smoke elements in 3D space
• Create a custom particle map and write new expressions
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Tutorial Notes:
UPDATE: The Texture element is indeed from the Evolution collection and not the Riot Gear one as stated. The project file contains the Smoke Element, the project file has been excluded so that you can experiment.
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508 Responses to "Smoke Screen"
Muhamamd yousuf
09/14/2014
I always love to experiment on your tutorials :) love the way you teach us, and give us Free stuff and ideas,
Lots of Dua's(Prays) and Love from (Pakistan)

Mohd. Yousuf Ramzan
confused
05/30/2014
Do the smoke elements need to be alpha channels? I am 6 minutes into the tutorial an noticed my photos animate, but I still have white and gray smoke on a black background.
regina
03/27/2014
fun
Joanne
03/08/2014
Where can I get or how can I make a similar smoke image?
james
02/19/2014
Great stuff, looking to make a fog layer for the background of my film, haven't really found anything out there to help.
I know you can make fog with fractal noise, or by means of your smoke screen, but how could i put a layer of fog say behind trees or to hide the top of a mountain
john weeks
02/16/2014
the sense of humor is one of the 10000 things u'r tuturials are absolutely great
Name
11/05/2013
how to get a Smoke Element . psd !! Please....
Jasmine
07/29/2013
This might sound silly but im just a beginner I'm currently running cc on adobe after effect . I was wondering how i can use the 3d effect because I've been doing this tutorial step by step but somehow my control f4,command f4 keey wont work and allow a composition to have 3d. Is it different with cc??
Ruben Scheer
03/10/2013
Thanks Andrew.

Very understandable tutorial. I just not only copy paste your technique, but understand also why you did some stuff. Very cool.

You can view my version right here: https://vimeo.com/60552587

Thanks a lot.!
Tasi
10/17/2012
I'm using After Effects CS5 and I can't find that "Luma inverted Matte"
Jim
11/06/2012
Hit F4 to Toggle Switches in the Timeline. Or instead, hit the Toggle Switches button at the bottom of the Timeline. On the layer you want, hit the drop down in the TrkMat column. There you can find you Luma inverted Matte.
angel
11/05/2012
try toggling switches at the bottom and it should be on the right
Jo
09/27/2012
YOUR TUTORIALS ARE AWESOME!!

Im a beginner but i still understand ur tutorials bcz u explain ur techniques.....

I saw a vid of urs when u made a guy explode after lightning...
now i only want that explosion nt other effects cuz itz a little complex...
can u make a tutorial or a small tip for me??

THNX
Cally
07/22/2012
You are the greatest, Andrew! What an invaluable open resource you are providing...the best on the Internet. Not only are your tutorials perfect, but your delivery is first rate. You explain things so clearly and thoroughly that even a beginner can grasp your techniques and adapt them to their own projects. I hope you never stop adding this vital information to Video Copilot.

Be well and be swell. Cally Robyn
Dallas
06/29/2012
Hey Andrew, I love your tutorials and they've been super helpful! i only have one problem. I don't have the Trapcode Particles plugin that I need to make a lot of intros and magic stuff. I'd really appreciate it if you could give me a way to get it for free!
youcholamony
06/19/2012
why can not open video
Mahdi
06/11/2012
I'm beginning to appreciate your humor more and more. Still not as funny as Bob Ross, though.
cam crawford
02/04/2012
Where do I find the background image?
Jannik
01/23/2012
I´m sure i look cool to compine the earth zoom with the clouds/smooke...
Panggah Muhammad
01/13/2012
Hey Andrew, I know you're the best. But, i want to know how to write some "code" in the timeline, and what's the function of that. I think it's too difficult. And I hope you want to give some explanation for that. Thanks!
ThePianistop66
08/16/2012
Those codes are called expressions. I found this blog that explains them :) http://aeexpressions.blogspot.ca/
Mykl
01/09/2012
I think you should revamp this tutorial only because the new Trapcode has gotten rid of Custom and now calls it Sprite among other things.
M Ehsan From Afghanistan
01/04/2012
hi dear (Andrew0 how are you doing and how is your family over there? i thanks full from u and all of
your tutorials. so i will contact with u sometimes
Okay bye for now.
Mike
01/03/2012
Your tutorial got me fired up, great lesson and Happy New Year!!! Mike
RaginAsian
10/17/2011
I need help. I dont know how you got the trkmat menu. I'm using cs3
RaginAsian
10/17/2011
Nevermind, i found it. haha
Teejay
09/30/2011
were i can get the riot gear texture
ThePianistop66
08/16/2012
You buy it from the same website you're watching those tutorials!
D. Valentine
09/29/2011
HEllo, I recently purchased the new Optical Flares Bundle and was watching your 'smoke screen' tutorial. I work with After Effects CS5 and can't seem to locate the 'Alpha Inverted' selection to make the initial cloud photograph transparent. My cloud is WHITE and the backround for the picture is BLACK, the opposite of what you used in the tutorial...how can I make my cloud transparent...???
Handy
11/28/2011
try usin the 'Luma Matte' instead of the 'Luma Inverted Matte' used by Andrew in the tutorial. I have white clouds and black background too, and 'Luma Matte' seems to work to make the background transparent.
super chinese fans of videocopilot
09/15/2011
hi,I come from china, and I have to say that I love you guys and your website very much!U r the best teachers!
thanks andrew?
Nastasya
09/13/2011
Nice tutorial, my clouds look awesome
Chantelle
08/31/2011
Hey, im a bit stuck.
im up to changing the Particle Type to "Custom"
but its not there.
I think they changed the name to "sprite" but when i attach the smoke element nothing comes up... Please help...
Nang Khan Khup
08/21/2011
Tutorials are very useful for me. Thank You very much. I want to request something. Can I get Adobe After Effects of effects (e.g., Trapcode, Videocopilot, etc.,) free and serial number.

I'm very interesting in creating graphic design. So I'm studying very hard from Online.

Please, Your Faithfully
Thank You and God Bless You.
Meagan
05/24/2011
Hi, I'm also having the same problem as James: that the outline of my smoke elements are just going an awful black instead of being transparent.. I'm using After Effects CS4.. any ideas?
james
05/23/2011
after i put the backgorund of the terrain or whatever my outlne of my smoke turns black....any help
Diego
08/30/2011
Same here! trying to find some "cloud.png" on the web to use it.
Yun
06/16/2011
Try using Silhoutte Luma... I'm having problems with the Turbulance Expresion
Jhon
05/09/2011
Hey Andrew , I have a Question , How do i Get the Buttons Under the Composition ?? ! i have FrameBlend and some other icons but i dont have Mode ot TrkMat or Parent :S:S:S Please answere back
bob
05/11/2011
hit F4, it will bring up the other icons
Bayu
04/26/2011
Thanks,, for great tutorial effect..
Aaron
04/18/2011
What is thy bidding, my master!!!!!

Hey Andrew I just wanted to say thank's for an awesome tutorial!
Im only twelve turning 13 in 2 months and because of your work, your my inspiration in life!!!!!
But i do have one question!(haha) how, or i should be saying,"where" do i find the smoke element.
i know many people are asking it! but if anyone could answer! please do!
Thanks!
=)
cenzi
08/08/2011
ok... why is it that some of us OBVIOUSLY download the project files and ONLY see the jpg there? do we not know how to make an aplha channel out of it?
DaVzZ
04/20/2011
Hey Aaron! http://www.videocopilot.net/tutorials/smoke_screen/
And then there is a button there says: Project files click on that and download it WUPTI now you got the Backgroun!
Muthu
04/07/2011
very nice nd iam ur fan also
Xavier
04/04/2011
You are the best.
dev
03/24/2011
how do you add track matte on adobe after effects 7
EnnisBucci
03/13/2011
Thank you friend!
Cross
03/13/2011
Kramer!in my pack of riot gear I haven't texture 21
Anderson Lwaba
03/10/2011

Hi,
you know i like the way you are teach leave peoples, i need to have more plug-in and more tutorial, like the FILM-MAGIC-PRO.
Joe
03/07/2011
I love you, Like seriously. The way you teach leaves people room for alot of personalization. Much better than the project dowloads you find on youtube, with those everyones product is the same. Keep it up :)
jeronimo
02/27/2011
i was told that angels have got no bodies,... u bring heaven to earth, dude´)
Paul UK
02/17/2011
thanks again for an ace tutorial, really appreciate your creativity and genius.
I know you must have given up reading these comments because of the amount of stupid and nonsensical remarks but I felt I had to say thanks. Just in case you check every now and then.
With your help, I am feeding my family better than ever :0 and you are one funny guy, so please don't break my windows or steal the clothes off my washing line.
amvi
02/15/2011
great andrew thanks for sharing with us..from peru
anii
02/14/2011
so cool , awesome :)
thx for share ^^
amitkarmakar
02/13/2011
greatttttt
Yerus
02/07/2011
Man u rock!!! Really nice work! Thanks for all the tutorials!
sagar
01/30/2011
realy cool tute man!
i hope u help us always

sagar
India
KuHi
01/27/2011
well
INDIGO
01/25/2011
cool....
:)
Jason
01/23/2011
This is such a great tutorial. I use this effect for my web series title, My Ghost Sister
Shardul
01/11/2011
I Love Your Work.... Believe or not u have inspired me to do and get batter at After Effects lol! keep up the good work... and thank you for all the tutorials...
E-Z Prod.
01/11/2011
First Massage From 2011!
Zach
12/24/2010
Amazing!
apple boy
12/22/2010
Hey guys newbie here just asking, where can i get the trapcode effects.. BTW great tutorial! :)
Ryan G.
12/16/2010
I can't hear a word you're saying, and I've checked my speakers...
Grace Pasolang
12/13/2010
what an AWESOME Tutorial!!!!!!
mago
12/10/2010
hi thanks for your help
bedil
12/10/2010
dude,, my AE can't choose the " options " on the effects it just "reset" and "about" there.. can you help me,, thnk's before :)
andrej
12/06/2010
where did you get dose smoke element...
Andrew
05/18/2011
Hey guys, I have the same problem is Ian and I don't feel like this question was answered. I downloaded the .jpg from this site, but as we all know, a jpg file does not have an alpha channel. So either everyone else used a different cloud image with no background (aka, using a PNG or TIFF) or they are all experiencing the same problem. Does anyone know where I can find this image without a background OR perhaps I'm doing something wrong? Thanks.
Ian
03/01/2011
Yeah, I downloaded the project files but it's a jpg. The one in Google Image search is jpg. When I try to do the matte for the smoke here it doesn't work and the colorama effect just adds the color as a ring around the smoke.
Nate
01/15/2011
lol.. he got it from google bro.. or a buddy but its on Google. Type in "Smoke Element". Its the first one. Has same measurements, specifications everything.

By the way thanks for posting these tutorials. They help us all, even if we think were pros, out a lot!
Rodrigo
12/08/2010
it´s not in the project file. It´s a jpg with no alpha channel. You need it in .png tiff or targa
David
12/06/2010
Its in the project file dude. You can download it right here. :)
germiman
11/17/2010
Hi Andrew:
I have a problem, I can't add the image in particular v2. Because its not available the "custom mode". Do you have any idea how can I do in CS5?.
Thanx! from Switzerland
Andrew
05/18/2011
If you have a new version of particular, the "custom mode" is now called "Sprite"
Leoublie
03/18/2011
Germiman - I had the same problem and found this red giant tutorial. It's very simple (basically hidden under another category)
http://www.redgiantsoftware.com/support/faq/product-specific/trapcode-particular/211/

Cheers
Murad
11/05/2010
Thnx from Azerbaijan)
Benjamin Auger
10/26/2010
Hi !!!
Thank you for very nice work and good tutorial !
Realy, good job !
Good luck from France =)
arpit
10/04/2010
it need download after effect in keylight..help me?
ahmad
09/21/2010
hey andrew great tut.. where do i get the riot gear background from
Faruk
09/08/2010
when i put my text it's invisible. Any help? i can't see my text i wrote when i put it
jeff
08/21/2010
does anyone know if u can do any of these titles on sony vegas movie studio platinum??
bob
12/09/2010
yea if it has solids, camera, 3d, compositions, layers and everything else in the video. (means NO you cant!)
kaoolan
08/09/2010
hey andrew, im havin problems,
whenver i try to animate it like the times 100 thing it never animates. the rotation doesent work and it didnt let me move the timeline when i put the smoke element in the new comp. Help! Please reply to this.
tom
08/05/2010
Great tut but I need to know how to get that riot gear texture please (without paying and downloading the full riot gear package)
Sam
08/03/2010
Thanks so much andrew from England!
art taro
07/21/2010
oh, I want to have this website in Japanese too.

Amazing website!!!!
Vinsent
07/18/2010
you know? if i couldn't find your website
maybe i can't learn to aftereffects
really thank you for your tuto
keep up the awesome tuto man!
cheers!
Christine
07/11/2010
Andrew Kramer has a sexy voice
Aleks
07/02/2010
Looking for the project files for this ones please? Would be awesome to have.

Keep up the awesome work man!
Swazi
06/12/2010
Can't find the z tool plz help
Chris Sulkowski
01/14/2011
Check 3D for your layer.
Aden
06/08/2010
I think ya tutorials r awsome you should post a boiling bubbles tutorial keep up the great work :)
Ola
06/08/2010
this is indeed a great work, Andrew, you are indeed a genius, please can you kindly send the raw tutorial to my mail box, because i could`t download the project file
Ricardo Chahad
05/16/2010
Amazing effect using just a simple cloud!
Andrew Kramer, thank you very much for this.

Chahad | Sorocaba | Brazil
kanwal
05/16/2010
No one can teach AE better than you Andrew
rajukankipati
04/02/2010
these tutorials r helped me a lot thank you
Julian
03/24/2010
Hey man. Thank you so much for that tutorial, it came right on time to finish my graduation project...
Malith
03/19/2010
Geertings form Sri lanka , you're the best andrew
muhamed
03/09/2010
Je m'aimerai savoir si je peut m'abonner dans votre site, pour que je soit votre corresponda
Marill
03/01/2010
Very useful tutorial :)
Here is what i done with it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2W-61gxcCs
Shex
02/08/2010
Just download the project file.
Click the "download project" button above..

NICE tut maann :D
ii iml0sto1
01/25/2010
How do i get the picture... i cant find any picture like it on the internet. please help
TeamGzN
01/15/2010
Well nvm about that blue name lol , if you guys want to see my video (With this scene) then please go to : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-QGMZmsUh8
TeamGzN
01/15/2010
For those who want to see mine on youtube please select my blue name o.O
Adam
01/15/2010
Andrew, your teaching is the best!

G8 tutorial,
Thx alot!
JB R
12/31/2009
Nice tut

you're really good at teaching awsome dude
Katie
12/21/2009
Thanks a lot! It's really cool!
ABHI
12/06/2009
GREAT tutorial.
Randy
11/17/2009
This is a GREAT Tutorial. I'm no Andrew but using this concept I made a fly through title screen to let some friends use for their music videos. The video its self sucks but the intro is cool.

If you want to check it out and listen to Knocking on Heavens Door at the same time It is on YouTube at

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gBBqoVM_AI

I will also tell you that if you want to learn AE this is the place I have purchased everything they offer and I am still amazed at what you can do.
Armen
11/16/2009
Andrew! Man I gotta say all of your tutorials are the best. Well spoken clearly shown and best of all your a comedian! I was watching an earlier tutorial on my phone and you kept pressing the enter button repeatedly to show how to change the name!!! Haha nice man keep doing what you do.
sana
10/29/2009
U R A GENIUUUUUSSSS!!
teamfunny
10/28/2009
"Email me and I will come to your house and break your windows." Great tutorial, love the jokes at the end.
Stagno
10/28/2009
Really great, you are a genious!
mango
10/16/2009
Thanks Andrew.
zews
10/13/2009
cool
anurag
09/03/2009
well done andrew...
i really got great help from all your tutorials and this one is awesome...god bless you..:)
zhou
09/02/2009
Very nice tutorial :) Thx for Andrew Kramer
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