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Thin/wispy smoke

Postby Smallbird2 on 11/9/2015, 1:04 pm

Hi all,

I've been trying to create some thin/wispy smoke almost all day but come up short all the time. I'm fairly new to using AE i might add. I have looked at a large array of smoke tutorials but I just can't seem to get my desired effect.

What I'm looking for is thin (not puffy smoke like sphere/cloudlet particles) that kinda flows at the lower half of the video, maybe at 1/4 of the screen at the bottom.

The closest I have got is using Particular with a sprite and some Directional Blur. It's kinda okay but it gets stiff even after playing around with Turbulent Field in Particular and as well as Turbulent Displace.
Sprite used http://nobacks.com/wp-content/uploads/2 ... oke-15.png

The reason I'm not using any stock footage is because this is just one of a number of pitch videos for a introduction to an upcoming online event and the duration is ~1min.
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Re: Thin/wispy smoke

Postby gregalan on 11/10/2015, 3:42 pm

Hi Smallbird2, welcome. If your smoke is looking ok and it's the motion that's the problem you could try effects such as Bezier Warp or the Puppet Tool which can give good fluid movement. (It may on the other hand be quicker and easier to get a stick of incense/cigarette and a piece of black card and shoot real smoke with your phone.)
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Re: Thin/wispy smoke

Postby Farmfield on 11/10/2015, 5:35 pm

When in doubt, use turbulent noise. ;)

And I only spent a couple of minutes setting this up, there's a lot of tweaking that can be done for the look as well as the movement, this is only the base setup but it's perhaps something to start from. :)
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Re: Thin/wispy smoke

Postby Smallbird on 11/15/2015, 2:04 am

Thanks for the reply guys.
I managed to get a suited result with Fractal Noise :)
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Re: Thin/wispy smoke

Postby Farmfield on 11/16/2015, 10:15 am

Hehe, I meant fractal noise, not turbulent noise - I thought about turbulent displace... :D

www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gUc3wFrN1g#t=307
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