VFX Techniques: Creating Particle Effects

with Lee Lanier
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VFX Techniques: Creating Particle Effects
Video duration: 0s 2h 50m Intermediate


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.

Topics include:
  • Setting up the project in After Effects
  • Generating a particle blob
  • Hand tracking particles into the plate
  • Patching the background
  • Creating particle puffs, sparkles, and explosions
  • Motion tracking elements
  • Color grading shots
  • Keying green screen
  • Layering particles


Hi I'm Lee Lanier and welcome 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 built in plugins. Then I'll show you how to alter the particles with dynamic settings and various effects.

We'll see how they change the mood 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 VFX Techniques, Creating Particle Effects.

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