Up and Running with Trapcode Form

with Chad Perkins
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Up and Running with Trapcode Form
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One of the most popular and yet complex plugins for Adobe After Effects, Trapcode Form is a unique particle system that creates stunning and professional results. Instead of generating particles, Form's particles just exist. This course helps you bridge the gap to mastery of Trapcode Form. Author Chad Perkins introduces Form's properties, base forms, and particle types, and then moves on to mapping Form particles to 3D objects and creating effects like organic fireballs and 3D holograms. He also shows how to light particles in After Effects, integrate audio, and create 3D Form objects. The course includes three sample projects that are highly applicable to real-world client requests, including dissolving a logo design.

This course was created and produced by Chad Perkins. We are honored to host this content in our library.

Topics include:
  • Altering Base Form properties
  • Adjusting particle settings
  • Distorting particles with fields
  • Understanding Quick Maps
  • Using layer maps
  • Creating holograms
  • Lighting and casting shadows from particles
  • Getting Form to react to audio
  • Using your own layers as particles
  • Creating a light wall
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- [Voiceover] Hey folks, welcome to this training series where we're going to be learning Trapcode Form from the ground up. My name is Chad Perkins, and I'll be your host through this course. I couldn't be more excited about this. Trapcode Form is an extremely unique 3D particle system. It doesn't constantly spit out particles like almost all other particle generators do, like Trapcode Particular for example. Form particles just exist. No birth, no death. Because of that you could do all sorts of unusual and beautiful things with Form. But this unconventional system comes with a price.

Form can be difficult to understand and master. So, in this course we're going to start from the basics. In most cases as we go throughout the course we'll introduce a concept in the most simple way possible. Then once we understand the tools we'll elaborate and create beautiful art and subsequent movies. We'll look at how to use other objects such as graphics as your own custom particles. We'll look at how to use Form to create organic objects like stars and even fog, as we turn a still daytime image into a nighttime tracking shot.

We'll learn how to mess these particles up, with fractal distortion, spherical distortion, dispursion, twisting and more. We'll solve the mystery of the often confusing quick maps and then once we've got the basics down, we'll use those quick maps to generate an organic fireball from scratch. We'll make holograms. We'll enhance Form with after effects 3-D tools like lights, shadows, and a shallow depth of field.

We'll tackle the big and powerful world of audio reaction to control Form with audio. We'll start with the basics, (thumping music) then build an elegant example, (elegant music) then combine audio reaction tools with the quick map stuff we learned earlier to create this. (thumping music) We'll look at how to import 3D OBJ files and use them as the shape of our Form object.

Finally we'll put it all together and look at several practical examples, dissolving a logo, creating light using HDR form particles and creating a rotating orb consisting of multiple copies of Form. We'll cover all this stuff and much more in this training series. If Form has baffled you in the past, have no fear. This course will get you up to speed and making phenomenal project with Form in no time. So let's get started.

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