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VFX Techniques is back with a new course on particle effects—everyone's favorite feature for creating realistic smoke, fire, explosions, and other phenomena. Author Lee Lanier tackles a wizard battle, producing Harry Potter–style effects as the two wizards fight with their magic wands. Using this sample footage, he shows how to generate particles with After Effect's built-in plugins, dives into the settings to adjust their appearance, and retimes and color grades the scene to create a particular magical mood. Plus, learn about green-screen removal techniques, background plate repair, CG particles, and rotoscoping techniques. This course covers puffs, sparkles, blobs, flares, smoke, sparks, and blasts, so you'll be prepared to create particles for almost any scenario.
(MUSIC) Hi, I'm Lee Lanier and welcome to VFX Techniques creating particle effects. In this course we'll look at ways to incorporate particle effects within after effects. I'll start by showing you how to generate particles using several builtin plugins. Then I'll show you how to alter the particles with dynamic settings in various effects. We'll see how to change in mode of a scene through retiming and color grading. We'll be covering all these techniques, plus plenty of other After Effects tools.
So, let's get started with the VFX Techniques, Creating Particle Effects.
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