Introducing Trapcode Suite 13

Oct 27, 2015 24249 4 Share
Aharon Rabinowitz
Aharon Rabinowitz
Hi Folks – we are proud to announce Trapcode Suite 13, a major update to our industry standard tools for creating Motion Graphics and Visual Effects in Adobe After Effects. Trapcode Suite 13 includes 11 tools:
  • Trapcode Particular 2.5 (NEW)
  • Trapcode Tao (NEW)
  • Trapcode Form 2
  • Trapcode Mir 2 (NEW)
  • Trapcode Shine 2 (NEW)
  • Trapcode Lux
  • Trapcode 3D Stroke
  • Trapcode Echospace
  • Trapcode Starglow
  • Trapcode Sound Keys
  • Trapcode Horizon
  • Full: $999
  • Upgrade: (from previous versions of Trapcode Suite) $199
  • Academic: $499
  • Host-App: All of the tools work in Adobe After Effects. Trapcode Shine, Starglow, and 3D Stroke also work in Premiere Pro.
  • OS: All tools work on both Windows and Mac.
  • Check the individual product pages for specific host-app and OS compatibility.

OK… So now on the real details. This update includes Trapcode Tao, a brand new tool, as well as major updates to Trapcode Particular, Shine, and Mir, and well as new features in Sound Keys, Starglow and Form.


Trapcode Tao is an entirely new, incredibly powerful tool for generating 3D geometries along a path, in Adobe After Effects. It’s very deep, and feature rich, but here are the basic bullet points:
  • Create beautiful complex motion graphics with animated ribbons, geometric shapes, and more.
  • Generates procedural 3D geometries using built-in auto paths, mask shapes, and the motion from 3D lights.
  • Two levels of repeaters give you the ability to take simple paths and turn them into complex geometric animations.
  • Create photo-real motion graphics with textures and included reflection/environment maps.
  • Loop animations for motion graphics and backgrounds with Trapcode Tao’s powerful offset and looping system.
  • GPU-accelerated, so that features like image based lighting, reflection maps, and ambient occlusion, all render at incredible speeds.
  • Full: $99
  • Academic: $49
Buy alone or as part of the Suite.


  • While you can still work the regular Particular UI, Particular 2.5 includes a new Effects Builder, for visually creating particle effect. In the builder you can add adjustable blocks with preset behaviors and styles or add complete, customizable particle effects instantly. The Effects Builder gives instant visual feedback, making the building and previewing of effects an intuitive and creative experience.
  • 130+ New presets – Particular 2.5 Includes over 130 new Effects Builder presets, giving you over 180 fully-customizable presets for creating flames, spaceflight, fireworks, explosions, smoke and more.New Sprites and Polygons – Particular 2.5 includes over a hundred still and animated sprite images, easily loaded through the new Effects Builder.
  • New “Over Life” Graphs give you more control over the size and opacity of particles over life. The new graphing system lets you draw curves and adjust points easily. Draw from scratch, or start with presets and adjust.
  • The new explode behavior automates the process of creating explosion effects by removing the need to set keyframes.
  • With the new Aspect Ratio control, you can change the aspect ratio of your particles, giving you the ability to stretch or compress the shape or sprite image. Quickly turn spheres into ovals, squares into rectangles, and much more. Two new Particle types has been added, giving you the ability to create procedural generated square and circle shaped particles.
  • Particular 2.5 can render up to 30 Million particles (previously 20 Million), giving you more power, flexibility and particle awesomeness than ever before.
  • Full: $399
  • Upgrade: $99
  • Academic: $199
Buy alone or as part of the Suite.


  • Mir 2 adds the ability to spiralize the mesh, deforming the surface with spiral rotation.
  • Trapcode Mir 2 now includes the ability to create seamless looping fractal-based backgrounds.
  • Choose between quad or triangle-based polygons for your surfaces.
  • Add a second-pass wire-frame on top of your Mir surface. Great for creating grid overlays on terrains and more.
  • Choose one of three modes for texture sampling. Choose “Nearest” for an unfiltered rendering, “Linear” to smooth gradients, and “Solid Face” to give each polygon a single color.
  • Take control of the displacement by setting Z-Range minimums and maximums. Great for creating plateaus and craters on your surfaces.
  • Choose from 4 different types of Fractal Distortions for varying displacements of the mesh: Regular, Multi, SmoothRidge, Multi SmoothRidge.
  • Mir 2 includes many performance enhancements including up to 3x optimized rendering speeds and improved VRAM management.
  • Full: $99
  • Upgrade: $49
  • Academic: $49
Buy alone or as part of the Suite.


  • Trapcode Shine 2 introduces true 3D light rays. Connect Shine to a 3D light, and the rays become 3D camera aware.
  • With Shine’s new camera-aware Fractal Noise effects you can Add smoky lights to your motion graphics and VFX. Includes masking and 3D fractal noise parallax tools for simulating even more depth.
  • Shine comes with 35 fully-customizable presets, to get you started.
  • Full: $99
  • Upgrade: $49
  • Academic: $49
Buy alone or as part of the Suite.


There are also minor improvement to Trapcode Soundkeys, Form, and Starglow. These features are included as free updates for current users:
  • Trapcode Sound Keys – Choose to show or hide the various UI elements, making it easier to isolate and integrate them into your motion graphics work. And since we really wanted to make the Sound Keys UI elements useful for mograph, we’ve added the ability to change the color mapping and the quantize the VU meter as separate blocks.
  • Trapcode Starglow – New color/direction presets have been added.
  • Trapcode Form – a new Square particle type has been added.

How to get your free updates for Sound Keys, Starglow and Form:

The Free updates can be installed through Red Giant Link or by downloading the latest Trapcode Suite installer from our downloads page. Link is probably the simplest way because…
IMPORTANT: Make sure to only install the updates for for Sound Keys, Starglow and/or Form. Otherwise you will be installing trials of the new Trapcode products over your older licenses one. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, our support team is standing by to help.

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  1. Atthidej Nimmanhaemin November 23, 2015 at 10:58 am

    Can you please tell me that if I buy “Trapcode Suite 13” for 999$

    Will a able to use it for commercial? I just can’t find a way to contact the support and the chat is offline.

    1. Yes, you may use our products for commercial purposes.
      I hope this information helps!


  2. i can’t instal trapcode version trial on my computer someone can help me?

    1. I’m sorry for the troubles, feel free to contact our support team for assistance (
      Please note that today is the day of our end of the year sale, so response times may be delayed.
      Thank you,

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