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By Owain Street

May 29th, 2012

In this episode of Red Giant TV, Owain Street bring it back to basics, with Trapcode Particular. This is definitely more of a beginner tutorial, so if you’re new to Particular, this will be great place to get started.


October 11th, 2013 at 9:11 pmdevin hujdic says:

thanks so much for the project files, I was in need of falling leaves, but VERY short on time, so I used your project. I will however, have to go back and watch and learn the process again sometime soon

March 15th, 2013 at 11:04 amAndres says:

Thank you so much Owain and Red Giant for this nice tutorial, I love the way it was presented and I hope to see more tutorialsthis.
Many thanks,
Andres Garzon
New York City

October 21st, 2012 at 11:05 amSaid Al Riyami says:

This is will be my reference .... great work

September 2nd, 2012 at 10:22 amAnni says:

WOW!!! Thanks for this great, beginner friendly tutorial!

August 24th, 2012 at 6:00 amDayne Collins says:

This is superb ! he explains everything perfectly i wasnt left wondering or questing anything in the process. LEGEND ! please make mooOore !

July 10th, 2012 at 4:49 pmAbdelali says:

thank you so much for this very useful great tutorial, really open up my head for many things about Particular this powerful tool.

July 3rd, 2012 at 4:32 amSahand says:

Hi Owain
Great Tuts....Thanks..........Go Ahead.......Good Luck Bro.

July 2nd, 2012 at 4:30 amKutty says:

Owen, thank you so much. Tutorial was simple and easy to understand. Thanz for the project files and your time.

June 27th, 2012 at 6:46 pmJose says:

Short and sweet, it was excellent.
Good teacher.
Warm Regards.

June 13th, 2012 at 9:33 pmRaja says:

Great Tutorial. I just bought Trapcode suite just 2 days back and came across this tutorial. I have not seen any other tutorial that explains the key basics one by one and step by step. Fantastic. I am thrilled to listen to this few times and experimenting with my own leaves...Thank you Owain.

June 13th, 2012 at 1:34 amnick says:

Great! Thank you. By far the best tutorial i have found.

June 12th, 2012 at 4:19 pmJames Joyner says:

Hello Owain,
I must say that this is one of my favorite tutorials thus far. Your instruction was easy to follow and very informative. Please do more in the future.
Thank you,

June 12th, 2012 at 4:18 pmJames Joyner says:

Hello Owain,
I must say that this is one of my favorite tutorials thus far. Your instruction was easy to follow and very informative. Please do more in the future.
Thank you,

June 7th, 2012 at 11:41 pmAdrian A. Martinez says:

Wow, Awesome tutorial, very helpful! i had alot of problems with Trapcode and now it's easier for me, hope you do more tutorials!!
Adrian Martinez,
Dominican Republic.

June 7th, 2012 at 5:32 amNick Munro says:

Owain, this is brilliant, even though I've been using Particular for a while, this totally solved some questions I've had!
N. Munro

June 6th, 2012 at 3:01 amOwain Street says:

Firstly I'd like to say a huge thank you to all of you for posting your positive comments - I really appreciate it! It is great to know that you have found this tutorial helpful. Also, thank you Eric, for your question. There is a fairly simple way to have a single layer surrounded by particles and that is by using the "Obscuration Layer" option. To see more of how this works check out this link to the Trapcode help section - - In this tutorial though I wanted to show how the near and far settings work in Particular (they are sometimes ignored!) Also by using this technique we can place an unlimited amount of separate layers into the centre of our Particle "world" (not achievable by using the Obscuration Layer option). The reason I fade the type up during the camera move in this tutorial is that the "near" and "far" particles change as our camera moves through the scene. As the camera gets closer to particles they become "near" when previously they may have been "far" and as we get further from particles they become "far" when they might have previously been "near". This means that they switch from our "PARTICLES FAR" layer to our "PARTICLES NEAR" layer and vice versa. Therefore the illusion we have created of the type being sat inside a cloud of particles could be disrupted as these changes take place during the camera move. When we use the simple technique of mixing the type up during the move while our camera is reaching it's end position, you will find that the type is sat nicely within the cloud. As I mention in the tutorial, there is another way around this which allows you to have the type (the middle layer of our "sandwich") at full opacity throughout the move without the aforementioned issues - but that involves using an expression and might be considered quite an advanced technique. I hope that makes sense Eric? This time I was trying to create a tutorial which was accessible to all users of AE and Trapcode, whilst also taking in some advanced features. I hope to do another tutorial in which I will explore methods of keeping objects within clouds of particles regardless of what the camera is doing! By the way - if anyone is reading this before watching the tutorial, everything I just talked about will make sense if you watch it - I promise!

June 4th, 2012 at 8:31 pmMelike Seid says:

Great tut,,,
Thank you

June 3rd, 2012 at 1:56 pmChaz says:

Very nice tutorial! You walked us through each step and made it look very easy. Thank you!

June 1st, 2012 at 11:57 amveronica says:

Awesome tutorial, very detailed. LOVED IT

June 1st, 2012 at 8:34 amveronica says:

I can't play it after minute 28:48. it will start over again :(

May 31st, 2012 at 10:04 amAngel says:

Just watched your tutorial and loved the total explanation of how to use it.
It really helped unlock Particular for me! Just wonderfully helpful.
Can't wait to get started with my next project.

May 30th, 2012 at 6:23 pmEric Ludwig says:

I think I got more out of this tutorial than any other tutorial on Red Giant's website. I really enjoyed it both because I love particular but also because I learned more than any other tutorial has taught me so far. this is because you took the time to explain a lot about the tools as you were using them. For the more advanced users I could see how this would be annoying and is partially what makes the tutorial last over an hour but for me it was extremely helpful so thank you very much Mr Street!
The only thing I thought I might do differently with the piece is to fade in the title sooner so you get the feel that you are moving in 3D space. Without the title to compare against the leaves it almost seems as though the leaves are just blowingbehind us and into view in front of us and then the title appears thereby losing that feeling of moving in 3D space. I understand why you did what you did but isn't there a way to just create a 3D title and then create particles in 3D space around the title? That way you could move around in 3D space freely and not worry about creating two particle fields right? I'm still glad you showed me this technique because not all projects are the same and it's always good to know different ways of creating an effect.

May 30th, 2012 at 10:21 amCarl says:

Hi Owain,
Just wanted to say a quick thank you for this tutorial. I'm a freelance Avid editor and have recently found that my clients have started requesting the use of after effects. This tutorial has helped me out no end, in getting, or at least starting to get, my head around what is possible within the program. I'm looking forward to experimenting with this tutorial as well as viewing more of your work for inspiration.
Many thanks,

May 29th, 2012 at 11:24 pmPhil Callinan says:

Brilliant. That was one of the most informative tutorials I have watched. The delivery and instructional style was absolutely spot on. Thanks Owain and thanks Red Giant, Really appreciate it!!
Phil Callinan

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