The Adobe After Effects Particle Playground plugin is a powerful environment for particle systems & other eye-catching special effects, but few After Effects users even know it's there! And what's more, many of those who do find its interface mysterious and intimidating. Yet Particle Playground is a wonderful environment for all kinds of effects (particularly text effects) that are difficult or impossible to achieve with other tools.
Our Particle Playground expert Richard Lainhart fills you in on the basics of how particle systems work, and how they differ from After Effects' standard keyframing techniques. Richard dives in at the deep end to show you how to create unique particle effects like snow and fountains, before taking you into Particle Playground's incredible particle text effects.
You'll learn cool techniques you can use in your productions, like the ever-popular revealing of a logo from a string of randomized letters, bouncing animated text off a wall with real physics properties, and blowing up selected letters in a line of moving text. You'll also learn how to use image sequences to create run cycles and animated particles. From there, Richard walks you step-by-step through creating the Matrix Code Effect, as featured in the popular Matrix films, and how to customize it for your own title sequences.
Particle systems can be confusing and difficult to understand, but once you complete this tutorial, you'll be well on your way to mastery of the Secrets of Particle Playground.
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Samuel wrote on November 26, 2013
Really good Training....well explained... a little dry, but I got everything that Richard was talking about and that's everything
Solo Goodspeed wrote on August 21, 2011
Wonderful.... before I watched this tutorial, I didn't even realize A.E. HAD a particle system feature, thought I was stuck with Motion for that. Even though this tutorial covers just one of After Effects' plug ins, it's a significant one for those of us who've worked with particle generation, and the instructor touched on many aspects of it to help get this user up to speed. I don't know of any other online tutorial that includes this in their walkthroughs of After Effects â€” much appreciation to MacPro Video for filling this need for Adobe CS media creators!
Robert Randle wrote on March 3, 2011
Overall I found the video to be informative and explained the AE plug-in very well. I also discovered some things I didn't realize the plug-in was even capable of which makes it a mandatory addition it to my arsenal of not just graphics tools but text tools, too.
My only criticism is that the instructor spent a bit more time on some aspects where I think he could have moved on.