NEW TUTORIAL: Particle Explosion

In this in-depth tutorial we will build several particle systems linked to a single control layer for precision animation with the standard Particle World system. We will also use the Pixel Polly filter to give our title a shattering blast.

Watch Tutorial

Video Sample in HD 720p

I’ve also linked CC Particle World to a 3D Null object using this code:

Download Script

Now when you need to find this expression, just search the blog for it!

POSTED:
12 years ago
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101 Comments
10 years ago
Excellent tutorial.It is must useful tutorial for projects
Kevin
12 years ago
wear can i find all file type flourish, cc pixel polly and explotion and evryting please HELP me.

if anynone can help me contakt me : kevinkadre@hotmail.com
12 years ago
thanks,I like your tutorials,hope more news
Adrian
12 years ago
I am still confused on where I can located/download the CC Pixel Polly? Please help!
Cione
12 years ago
Hello!, i am cione from italy.. thank you andrew for the tutorial, but i have a problem. i haven't got a CC pixel polly...Where can I download it?...excuse my language is not perfectly correct...
dfrancisco
12 years ago
Hello Andrew! How are you? I hope you're fine. Well, this tutorial has a problem it shows some minutes and them it stops and go back to the begining. Maybe it is a a error on the website. Well i ask you to put again that exciting tutorial, please.

Thank you, keep the good work and i wish you all the best
Draco429
12 years ago
Nevermind, I got it! For future reference, for aspect ratios greater than 1, divide the second line by that aspect ratio.

Ie, if your ratio is 1.5 like mine:

x=thisComp.width/2/1.5

Sorry to butt in, Andrew. This was the first tutorial I did with AE after I got it! I'm looking forward to doing more!
Draco429
12 years ago
Amazing, yet again. I finally got a camera and my CS4 Production suite, so I'm able to work through some of these tutorials. I have a question, though; for the script that parents the null to the emitter for Particle World, does this work for all aspect ratios? I'm on a DVPRO HD piece of video and the particles won't correctly follow my null. (Pixel Aspect ratio is 1.5) Any ideas?
MaTriX-HaCkeR
12 years ago
ohh man you relly anspired me to after effect
you are
===============THE ONE=================
bonnie
12 years ago
very good,anderw~!i hope your new tutorial.
Shaggy Step
12 years ago
Hello Mr. Andrew... Thx a lot for this tutorial... But, where do i can find/ downloading/ purchase the cc pixel polly?! It doesn't comes up, when i type the words... T_T
john10
12 years ago
jhay andrew how did you get that depth of field and out of focus presets was it free
mohammed
12 years ago
thank you very much.. i was looking this kind of effect....thanks bro
Mike
12 years ago
I had a similar problem, if you copy and paste them you get an error but if you type them from scratch it seemed to be accepted.
12 years ago
Come on will some one help in the expression gives me an error on the composition :X
12 years ago
Oh god! I feel so powerful! Thanks to Andrew Kramer, I feel more useful, because now I'm a software engineer and I dominate very well After Effects. In 2 weeks I saw 94 clips tutorials... so it's a lot of information to digest. Now it's time to go to my own AE projects.
Perhaps in the future, I will investigate this site:
http://www.adobe.com/devnet/aftereffects/
emilio
12 years ago
tnx ak
12 years ago
Man, just when I think I'm getting good. That scene was nice and crisp, as usual. You rock, man.
jose
12 years ago
Not only your giving some of the best tutorials about AE ( if mot the best) but your doing it in such cool fun way that every day I check if there's a new one. Man, your the one. By the way, your action essentials2 are really good to work with. Thanks a lot from Belgium.
AndyJ
12 years ago
Wow, this looks awesome....

great stuff Andrew!! From Australia !
Qw3rtium
12 years ago
If I'm right "pixel polly" renders faster than "shatter" and I think Andrew just used it for this tutorial to get a fast effect rather than changing all the settings in the "shatter" effect
12 years ago
Hey Andrew , in Action2 Intro demo video you have greate control with Sparks . create tutorial about it in your next work
thank you
LM_Media
12 years ago
maybe this is a stupid question... but what are the pros/cons of using "pixel polly" rather than "shatter"?
12 years ago
Hi Andrew Welcome back, Please take a second and watch
my New Vid from Action Action Essentials 2.
and everyone too can watch not all

Viewer Discretion Is Advised

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqS9L1fruok&feature=channel_page
12 years ago
in the expression give`s me an error :X
12 years ago
Try the text file.
Nate Birkas
12 years ago
for some reason when I paste the expression scripts in i get a syntax error...?

pls help
12 years ago
I am not sure why no one has mentioned this yet, but if you try to copy&paste the AE script from the blog post into AE you get an error. This is because the blog is using quotation marks and AE uses block quotes.

At least this happened to me on my Mac.
Thorsten
12 years ago
Absolutley AWESOME Andrew!

If i were not a man i would love you twice ;-)

Greetz from Germany
john10
12 years ago
hey andrew how did you get those presets for depthof field and out of focus is it free?
12 years ago
Andrew Kramer....awesome work yet again, cannot wait to put this into practise!
Daniel Bergeron
12 years ago
Never mind! I realized I forgot to make the ccNull a 3D layer. Silly me :P
Daniel Bergeron
12 years ago
I'm having a problem with linking the "Z" Expression:
"z=thisComp.layer(”ccNull”).transform.position[2];
z/thisComp.width"

When I enter the text, I get this error:
"After Effects warning: Bad argument: index 2 out of range for stream of dimension 2
Expression Disabled

Error occurred at line 1.
Comp: 'Comp 1'
Layer: 3 ('Particle')
Property: 'Position Z'"

What can I do to fix the error? I really wish there was the after effects file so I can see what the problem is myself. :-/
12 years ago
thanks, very very thanks Andrew :)
Alby Smith
12 years ago
always bringing the amazing stuff...

thanks AK!

Video Copilot for good!
Dmitriy
12 years ago
Great teaching style, I wish my university professors were so good.
Thanks from Ukraine.
Alex Melikov
12 years ago
This is cool!!! Thanks Andrew for all tutorials. :)

From Tbilisi, Georgia
Qw3rtium
12 years ago
Even though this really wasn't anything so new, these tutorials are always inspiring. Keep 'em coming!
12 years ago
Absolutely amazing, please please please never stop Mr Kramer!

Love your work!!!
12 years ago
Geez... people comment 3 minutes after this gets posted to say how great the tutorial is. Did they watch it on fast forward?
Taeve
12 years ago
@ Josh:

Pixel Polly should be found in Cycore FX folder in AE Plugins folder
12 years ago
Thank you very much for your tutorial. It's Great!!! I liked it very much!
KHK
12 years ago
a very cool tutorial
thaks from amsterdam
12 years ago
Hmm, I can't find Pixel Polly in AE :( Help, anyone?
4apay
12 years ago
just brilliat, thnx, ive been wondering for a long time how to make text blowing effect with particles
12 years ago
Hey, thats cool :-) Thank you for this.
12 years ago
Super interesting! Great tut.
sa2uke
12 years ago
Finally explosions!!!
Arry
12 years ago
Always look better...
GREEEAAATTTTTT TUTZZZ
vida
12 years ago
;-) Pui hle mai.....

thnks, andrew


frm,
aizawl
Dextrmania
12 years ago
EASY EASY man u just destroyed us with a grenade wow that was amazingly fantastic its worth the patience we had for a new tutorial (i still think sam loya is in the hospital!!!)
Keep it up man!!!
Greetings from SAHARA DESERTS,hahaha Africa!!!
12 years ago
Thank you Andrew for this fantastic tutorial.
12 years ago
Haven't watched the tut yet (too much real work) but cant wait! don't have a wife but the girlfriend knowS!
D3FO3
12 years ago
Will somebody get this guy a Webby Award!
JEN
12 years ago
WOW..!!COOL
obama
12 years ago
You're wife tells you: "You're on the couch tonight!"
sohail
12 years ago
Impressive !
Well Done and Thanks

Pakistan
12 years ago
Best TUT
thanks Andrew.(allkhanan from Afghanistan)
Loay Emad
12 years ago
Impressive !
Well Done and Thanks
AV.Rishi
12 years ago
amazing andrew!, you are rock,
thanks once again.... from india(Tamilnadu, Erode - target ads )
brain blast
12 years ago
Wow this is great and i almost put the codes in my head...
hahaha..
very cool stuff
12 years ago
Nice tutorial, Andrew. The shatter is incredibly adaptable, and it'll be fun to fold into stuff I'm doing.

And the built-in explanation for my wife helped a lot! :)
IvanWo
12 years ago
Nice!!! Thanks for ur every great tut
Kai
12 years ago
awesome!

This is very cool, and I love the HD sample video.
pvsciteach
12 years ago
Awesome Andrew! This is a great effect with a ton of possibilities!
Did you just use something like Photoshop or Illustrator to create the glow particle for the textured polygon (I should probably be checking the forum for this, huh?)
Looks fantastic, can't wait to integrate these techniques.
Looking forward to the new compositing plug-in and maybe some tuts using the Action Essentials 2 elements...
Please?...
12 years ago
The things a person can do with CC Particle World, CC Pixel Polly, and Particle Playground can with some experience, blow Particular out of the water sometimes.

Particle Playground is my new favorite plugin at the moment because I just implemented it in a FX shot I did. I had to make a planet explode but needed more debris floating around. So I got a few textures of rocks and made a few different PNG files, one for every rock, and used them as the "Layer Map" and presto! More flying rocks.
And that was a very simple solution, if I really wanted to make it look good, I could have made animations of rocks spinning and offset the time in the "Layers Map" option and done more than was necessary for it to look real. ;)

-Benjamin
Dre
12 years ago
Great Job!!!! U the whole entire reason i do this
Vizion
12 years ago
Thank you so much. I was always trying to use Simulation>Shatter to shatter texts but it was so pathetic. Now I know there is CC Pixel Polly. :)!
B3T0N
12 years ago
awesome ... i will watch the tutorial ... in free time ... now i must sleep :D
RuuuJ
12 years ago
As Always, Great Stuff!!
Diego G.
12 years ago
Ok, next time I'll pause it :P
Thanks for answer...
12 years ago
Yeah, that is usually what stop will do but it should continue the cached file when you hit play.You may want to just try just pausing it.
    manku
    11 years ago
    please help if where can i find a pixel polly simulation. i only have a trial version of after effects and as i look at your tutorials, it requires that plug in. so where can i find it?
alfa
12 years ago
that's very cool..
thank you
Diego G.
12 years ago
AK, I wanted to tell you that when I'm watchin some tutorial with your new player, and I put Stop and play again, It started loading the video again, and not starting from the begining loaded before. Is it only happening with me?
Sorry for my english :S
ade
12 years ago
well done kramer, thanks for the tutorial,can u do more tutorials on cinema 4d, Pleaaaaaaassssssssseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee? u know TV/BROADCAST GRAPHICS AND AMINMATIONS
ade
12 years ago
dis is gangstar, thanks again Kramer for dis classic
12 years ago
You tell my wife it's After Effects time. (I'm too scared)
12 years ago
Wow, seems like this can be good for a variety of things.
amit tiwari
12 years ago
cool, very informative sir.
ricko
12 years ago
nice job!
Douglas
12 years ago
ThX Exelent!!!!
12 years ago
Another expert introduction by Andrew Kramer.
12 years ago
COOL!!!
12 years ago
Awesome :)
12 years ago
it's been a while, nice tut. Nice to see you using Standard plug-ins over trapcode particular (although i am obsessed with particular V2.0 at the moment!) this reminds me that the original particle systems are still worth a look-in every now and then.
12 years ago
I love surprises. Thanks Andrew!
Chad ONeal
12 years ago
Haha, I KNEW you were going to name that pre-compose layer "Title Explosion".. man I have an addiction
12 years ago
he's always got something new.
guudkelly from Ghana
12 years ago
i have a problem with rendering:
After Effects error: unable to allocate space for a 11550 x 16394

can you help me?
Johann Torres
12 years ago
another hit thank you andrew! :)
Cody
12 years ago
ALRIGHT ANOTHER TUT! THANKS ANDREW
Austin
12 years ago
I look forward to watching it.
Henry
12 years ago
NICE!!
Excited to see a new tutorial from you Andrew. :)
Jasper
12 years ago
Well done!
Amazing tutorial!
nivek
12 years ago
very nice just what i was looking for
very very very Nice Dr.androw!
12 years ago
BTW, amazing tutorial. A particle tutorial will be very useful to me. :)
Gert
12 years ago
awesome!!!!

from netherlands
Ryan Rakboop
12 years ago
very well done! very informative! It just amazes me that your technique keeps evolving!
Hidde
12 years ago
Nice im excited