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TRAPCODE: 3D STARS

Easily put extruded shapes into particular By Ko Maruyama
Here is a simple way to make an extruded shape emit from Trapcode Particular.  The tutorial is the result of a question asked in the DMN Forums for Adobe After Effects.

As you might know, there are several plugins for creating particles in Adobe After Effects, one of which is from Trapcode, called PARTICULAR.  You can find the plugin demo at Red Giant Software (where you can also purchase the plugin).

Creating a simple extruded shape in After Effects has been possible for nearly a decade (more?).  How?  Brian Maffitt had created a plugin called SHATTER as part of his Atomic Plugins, but it was quickly incorporated as part of the application.  You could still find a tutorial for how to create 3D shapes in After Effects by visiting www.TOTALTRAINING.com.  In previous versions of Brian's training videos, he outlined every one of the plugins that came with the popular animation software - - every plugin.  Including his own SHATTER.

So, while there may not be a 3D star tutorial out there, this is based on Brian's tutorial (the one that shipped with the original plugin release and made its "evolution" into other Total Training tutorials).




These are big movies, so you'll want to download them, or open them in a new window: (800 x 600).  Or you can right click on these names to download the movies (file will go on the crayon):




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Ko Maruyama is a freelance animator in Los Angeles.  In addition to working on film and broadcast animations, Ko teaches at Pasadena's Art Center College of Design - focusing on motion design.  When working, writing or testing software allows, you can find him lending a hand in the After Effects board and lurking among the Cinema4D, Visual Effects and Photoshop posts within the DMNForums.
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