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The Effects Chain shows the building blocks that are being used for the current effect. There are 4 groups that correspond to the building block groups in the Blocks pane: The Emitter, Particle Lighting and Physics
To create your Effects Chain, simply apply a preset, a Block or select a Block in the Effects Chain and adjust its properties in the Block controls area.
Note that thumbnails for Particle Blocks that contain Curve graphs visually change to reflect changes that you’ve made to them.
Size/Rotation thumbnail matches the curve set for Size Over Life
You can choose to start building your effect in the Particular Designer or in the main Particular plugin in the Effects Controls panel in After Effects. The changes you make in the plugin will carry over (or “roundtrip”) to and from the Designer.
There are a few instances where settings cannot be previewed in the Designer. When that happens, you’ll see a warning banner across the Preview pane that reads: “Some rendering features are disabled due to certain parameter settings.” The blocks causing the issue(s) will have little warning icons next to their names in the Effects Chain. See the image below:
The Designer will attempt to preview what it can, making substitutes for the preview in some instances. Note that your settings remain unchanged and will roundtrip to and from the Designer, even if the preview has been altered.