85. The Ring
• Build a silver ring in After Effects with a particle wipe
• Use valueAtTime expression to automate over time
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Tutorial includes info for using CC Particle World as well as Trapcode's Particular.
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785 Responses to "The Ring"
Bruns
08/02/2014
Thank you. One of greatest tuotorial ever made for adobe software. Result is so great and it was easy to follow up with some experiecne from after effects and photoshop.

Great work!
Gameube
07/26/2014
Wat
Julien
05/16/2014
Hi, this tutorial is awesome thanks. however i followed you step by step, exact settings and numbers however when i do the rotation on the spec and spec two the circle changes into and eliptical shape then back to circle while rotating :/ what do you think is the problem? I am using CS6
udayanga
04/01/2014
I like this.
Guy
03/22/2014
Hey again another awesome tutorial thank you for that.

This is what I came up with

http://youtu.be/36YaPNJn4nM
Jane
02/12/2014
Great Tutorial! How can I make the Null object to start from the bottom of the circle in clockwise direction?
Scott Green
12/23/2013
The 3D Orbit Tool preset appears to be missing? http://www.videocopilot.net/tutorials/3d_orbit_tool/
joe
11/14/2013
pls can u do a tutorial on element 3d or if u have any of that let me know
shimith
10/27/2013
Hej,
First thank you sooo much for all your tutorials.
I really love them, its so help full.
Second is it ok to use this intro in my movies. We are not selling it. Its a youtube channel.
OPV
10/24/2013
Thank you soooo much, you're awesome for doing these tutorials
MisterAks
09/12/2013
hey Andrew Kramer !!
First Ty Sow Much
I m from Pakistan
wnt to be a Vfx Artist
u helped me alot
voltage35
12/13/2013
Mister Aks! I am from Pakistan too and following Andrew's tutorials. Can you please contact me via e-mail or Facebook etc so that we can share a lot about VFX???
Kent
08/18/2013
I can't make a perfect circle, after I double click the cirlce, its perfect, but when i try to edit the pixels it changes into a little bit oval, i thought that was okay but then when i try to rotate by doing the (time*80) it ruins everything.
arif
06/15/2013
andrew good work brooo
ILYASS
06/11/2013
YOU ARE THE BEST
sedrick
05/26/2013
Je veus juste savoire comment télécharger les motions graphyque dans le net
Gopal sharma
05/15/2013
very nice sir an thanks you
Claudio
05/07/2013
Hello, I love the classes, but I have a problem here. The slider even when linked to the line three're not running the transmitter is still working.
Thank you.
ps: sorry my English, it was translated by Google.
Omar
12/19/2012
what is the first song of your intro?
Martijn Kuikman
10/16/2012
Hi Andrew what a great tutorial!! Really awesome effects, this has been great help for me. But I do have one question.

Here is my situation: I did every step you explained in this tutorial (and made my own adjustments) so I placed the Null in the middle of the comp. and pickwipped everything to that Null. Now I wanted to place my text not underneath the ring but on the right side. So I moved all the layers a little to the left to make some room for my text. Worked just fine!

But this is the problem: The particles who are flying away after being emitted are flying out of the screen (of the layer). but because I moved the layers over to the left there is a Hard edge were they just disappear. So I thought I lets just scale the size of the layer up. but now the size of the circle that the particles make is bigger to. so its not lined up with the ring anymore..

So my question is. How can I scale up the size of a layer without scaling up the content of the layer??? If someone had an answer to that I'd be helped so much! :D

Regards, Martijn.
r3dr00m
10/19/2012
Martjin,
Two ways to do it.
1. I create a mask and feather it, so there is no hard edge.
2. Pre-Compose the layer - Leave all atributes and in composition settings increase size of that composition.
firewall321
09/19/2012
hey . i buy Particular but and inistall this but after effects say to me : pls inistall Particular
how is inistall Trapcode Particular ?
i inistall in the plug in but after effects say again .
pls pls pls pls pls help me .
thanks a lot
Himiko
05/21/2013
Go to C/ Program Files/ Adobe After Effects CS6/ Plugins or Presets.
Camilo
09/19/2012
I have thats problem!
Camilo
09/19/2012
I have thats problem!
Pierrache
09/05/2012
Hi guys !
I got a problem using 3D Orbit Preset, it says :

"Class 'effect' has no property or method named 'Slider', expression disabled
Error occured at line 1.
Comp:'Comp 1'
Layer: 1('Null 1')
Property: 'Position'"

If someone could help me, that would be grateful ! :)
Brad
08/14/2012
Mac CS5.5 Rotating Specular layer issues. After having put in the expression time*80 when scrubbing the mask elongates at the top and bottom during rotation. I can't figure out what the... Seems like a simple rotation gone crazy. I even duplicated a simple circle and it still elongates at the top and bottom. Help...
your funs
08/03/2012
This video is amazing,would you mind I use it in my graduation video opening,99% not for commercial purpose,and may i ask for your music to match this project,which i couldn't find in your fro-folder.
Pam
07/19/2012
For those who don't want to download Patriculars demo/dont like the giant X that appears when you use it, I was able to create the same thin streak by creating a thin line with Particle World, then using the Liquify tool!
bigmike
06/07/2012
every time i go to the opacity map for the particles it closes the entire Adobe after effter effects program. I am running Cs6 could this be a problem?
llFike
06/03/2012
THANKS THANKS THANKS THANKS (I would like the whole year).You guys are F*CKING awesome!
someone-who-needs-help
05/17/2012
i was wondering how i edit the background in the '85' file from the 'project files' folder?
anyone know?

i really need help!
HOOMAN-TEXT
05/14/2012
thank you
RAKOVEC
05/11/2012
Muito bom, muito obrigado pelas aulas, vocês são muito bons!!!
Sameem Khyber
05/05/2012
thanks this helped a lot to me
Dave
05/02/2012
looks like someone was lazy there...
http://youtu.be/WpKnwec6LEw
Mohamed
03/20/2012
I just wanna ask something about the null object can I use motion tracking to make it follow the rotation of the ring instead of using that preset, just wondering I thought it might be right too and i will be easier to make it follow the shape we want if we didn't want to use a ring shape
i am interesting noww...
02/23/2012
very-very interesting
Luke
02/14/2012
I also don't have CC Vector Blur, Please help!!!
Manu
02/14/2012
hi,
am say very very thaks for this helpful site and all presets and ideas are very amazing thaks for everything
Mohamed Sannoh
02/04/2012
I dont have to CC Vector Blur how do I get it?
Tania
02/01/2012
I do not have vector blur effect ... How I get it
Mwanted
01/13/2012
i know this will sound melodramatic but....

There is no way anyone can describe just HOW great this tutorial was, how great YOU are, how many people LOVE you. you are the idol of MILLIONS Andrew..MILLIONS. you are FAR by the BEST video creator/editor/VFX creator. I love you Andrew. We all do <3 :)
sam
12/21/2011
hey if you want an easier animorphic flare get magic bullet looks
Alan
12/09/2011
One to rule them....
Mitch
12/08/2011
Fantabulous. Thanks a million.
Tim
11/16/2011
Hey, Great tutorial.

Just thought i'd mention how amusing it is to see this tutorial used in an ever increasing number of TV ads in Australia.

on average I see about 3 per week!!!!
Jolan42
11/09/2011
Thank you for so many amazing tutorials !
Parvez Farooqi
11/04/2011

Hi Andrew,
i have no word to thank you you are the greatest person in this field good luck
MixHouse
11/01/2011
Time warp :x
amruta ghosalkar
11/01/2011
can anyone please help me to find plugin for TRAPCODE PARTICULAR.
joey
11/02/2011
type it in youtube... thats were i got it from and it also shows were to place the file
Joey
10/26/2011
this was cool... ive almost completed it and its only like my 3rd time using after efects..
thanks
Nikki
10/06/2011
:( i tried rotating the spec but it seems that the mask is screwing up... what do i do now? :(
johann98
10/11/2011
i had the same problem. Did u find the solution??
Elgo
10/06/2011
I saw this tutorial used in the logo for a show on Australian TV, its called The One.
gaston
09/22/2011


you're too genius ... I love these tutorials a hug from Argentina Gaston ....
Ed
09/20/2011
Didnt work D:
chandra kumar
09/10/2011
thanks
good
marcos
09/08/2011
I love this tutorial ... but must also do so in Spanish
Floj
09/06/2011
A little but might be a silly question.
Null and particle world layer is just works fine just as in the tutorial. I want that effect in the end of the my movie but when i scaling those layers to the end where it will start, the incoming form isnt that perfect. It's just like starting from a random zoom. But when i drag the the particle world layer to the beginning of the comp its ok, its zooming out smmothly.
Does anyone know how to do that in any point of the video?
Salah
08/29/2011
hey wats'up this is Salah from to say hi for Andrew Cramer the man who made Graphic in After Effects, I Always buy your DVDs like twich & evolution & Riot gear Its really great & go forward Andrew , actually i have alot to say but is not really enough to say thank you & special THX for Sam Loya the real actor in your movie in future, so , Im not gonna say goodbye but see you in states one day so keep that in mind my friend who you don't know my face, the day after tomorrow will be our (christmas) sorry i don't know the speeling as well but im sure you got the idia so ,

happy new year with candle & real nice night.

best regards.
humxa
08/20/2011
can anybody tell me how tomake the comp full screen to preview?
Jip
11/17/2011
pres the ` button on the left of the 1 button when your cursor is in the field you want to make fullscreen.
nashwa
08/17/2011
i need this effect to complet project
XHS
08/10/2011
good.
Nikian
08/05/2011
I must say, this is by far one of the best tutorials and step through's of all time!. One little problem though. I seem to have a large green 'X' across my screen after I started on the Particle World step. I am running Mac (10.7) and AE Cs5.

Many thanks.

:D
preston
11/02/2011
sounds like yr running a trial version of the plugin
Da'niel
08/03/2011
hi know I have a problem with this I'm using After Effect Cs4 says the class 'Effect' Have not any property or method nomber With The 'Slider' expression disabled ...... thanks for your attention I hope your answer
Josh
08/01/2011
i do not have vector blur
marcus
07/28/2011
cool ANDREW, this ring is gonna be my LOGO, Thanks :D
Andragaz
07/20/2011
Thanks man :D Awesome tutorial :D
ed
07/12/2011
excellent, but unfortunately this has become so overused i don't think im going to use it =(
oxygen
10/10/2011
then make your own style then .use half circle ..
JJ
07/06/2011
Hey Andrew~!
It's Very good tutorial 4 me!
but I can't use the 3d orbit preset in CS5.
Do you have any idea 4 CS5 or Can I beg the other tip?
I Really want to finish up but I can't now... lol
Help me PLZ!!!
Aaron
07/05/2011
good
PaRaD0X
07/05/2011
It can be more cool if :
My After Effects didnt give a Don't Send error after some hours ... after i made Particle World ... and i strictly followed the tutorial ...
tommy
07/05/2011
also, if you are afraid of sock puppets, proceed with caution! xD great Andrew! :D
richard
07/01/2011
very good
sunil
06/23/2011
good one
Hei
06/22/2011
Where can I find the plug-in Trapcode Particular?

... HELP ...
Tim
08/12/2011
Its not included in AE as standard but you can get them from Red Giant Software, the full suite is $899 Particular is $399
prashobh
07/05/2011
try this- 4shared.com, rapidlibrary.com,filestube.com
agata
06/20/2011
Hi Andrew,
I am a big fan of your talent, and I do my best to catch it all up, but it is quite depressing when I cant. I find this particular tutorial pretty difficult.
PastorPeace
06/21/2011
It's more difficult for me cause I dont have the other plug ins he uses
Anuj
06/19/2011
u r great ,ur are my teacher.
Ralph
06/18/2011
PLS READ THIS

I'm having troubled saving the 3D orbit preset
any one mind uploading it and posting the link?

please
BLACKPRINZE
06/06/2011
NICE WORK ANDREW UR THE GOD OF AFTEREFFECTS ....NEXT COMMENT WILL PLACED B\BY MY BEST FRIEND..
Rob
06/02/2011
Hi, great tutorial, but one confusing problem - when hooking up the CC Particle World system to the null object, I'm following the tutorial EXACTLY - but once I'd added the expressions and clicked away, the particles have simply vanished. Scrubbing the timeline, no particles being generated. Also, the x y z co-ords don't change as the null object moves - they're showing as locked in place. So despite apparently being linked, the Particle solid is doing nowt.

Any ideas folks? What am I missing?
Marius
11/16/2011
THANKS PASTOR. I LOVE YOU MAN. had the same problem and was trying to solve it. im sure i typed it in at the bginning tho but after i read your post i checked and it wasnt there. thanks man!!!!!!
PastorPeace
06/21/2011
I had that problem. I had to make sure that the expressions had x= in the begining.
vishal
06/02/2011
i like this tutorial. i will defenetly try to do this and other experimental also . thanks for such a good tutorial. thanks
Avi
05/23/2011
Hi,

Can I use CC Particle World in After Effects 6.5??
BLACKPRINZE
06/06/2011
HAI BUDDY DOWNLOAD THE CS3VERSION OF A DOBE COLLECTION IT HAS CCPLUGINS INSTALLED ITSELF
snirx
05/18/2011
Amazing!!!! :)
Justicer007
05/06/2011
Thank you very much, the tutorial is useful for me.
nagarajan
04/25/2011
the ring effect is very supper and i unterstand your tutorials thanks
MrMortjon
04/15/2011
As always, the best, but how it can i dont have the "options" for teh cc particle world? i only have reset and about?
Jonathan Ottinger
04/12/2011
Im having some annoying trouble. There is a giant X that goes across the entire composition on every layer that has the trapcode particular on it.... help..
JukeJammer
04/14/2011
Check and ensure that your registration is done (unlocked from demo to full version). Hope it helps.
Karffe
04/11/2011
The best, what else to write. Thank you so much THX ANDREW!
aman
04/07/2011
Hi
how do i render this with alpha. I am rendering as png files so i bring them into flash. I just want the circle and the light effect.
ramai
04/07/2011
I want download this file
Tamerlan
04/06/2011
Hello! help me I did not get. an error occurs. When i tipe in "x = (this part comes from the" Null 4 "layer)-thisComp.width / s; etc .....

Aftereffects says there is an error. please I beg you to help me, I am from Kyrgyzstan
Nikolay
04/05/2011
Thanks for this amazing tut! :]
jaya
03/27/2011
hai andrew you r doing very good job. I learnt and learning lot from you. thank you buddy.
James
03/25/2011
Brilliant tutorial.

I have got one issue. After following it, I have 2 diagonal lines from each corner crossing in the middle that seems to have a slight glow...

I'd like to get rid of them.

Any ideas what they are please let me know.

Thanks
alex
03/26/2011
it's probably bcos u have the trial version.
Sinan Kurt
03/25/2011
I hope one day you will make a tutorial for animation like "charlie the unicorn" :S
Satan Clause
03/22/2011
Thank you for the null object it is extremely useful. I figure out how to even animate/reveal text with it.
This is my favorite logo effect btw, thanx for sharing it.
Sonata
03/20/2011
hi iam sonata in iraq....
very nice job
ramana
08/04/2011
hi sonata u r from kirak
Victor(Hun) Vdentertainment
03/18/2011
Thanx for this tutorial. Now it's my logo's Fx... Your tutorials are fantastic. I learned much things on your page. Thanx... (Hungary-Magyarország)

... sorry about my grammar... :D
wego
03/15/2011
grandiiii...bellissimo sito e grazie per i tutorial!
Dasha
03/14/2011
Great tutorial! Thank you!
Elias
03/12/2011
I loved the video much, but I wonder if I could join the page, I am a designer and I like making TV ads and other things, handled by the Photoshop, After Effects, PowerPoint, if you like it write me and E-mail and who is engaging for the page, thanks.
yeniel
03/06/2011
goooood !!!!
Big G
03/05/2011
thanks <3
Hassan
03/04/2011
Awesome..........
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