Psychedelic paint effect preset for Particular
Hi guys! My name is Sara Bennett, also known as Shabello, freelance motion designer.
Just wanted to share a pretty cool little technique I created in After Effects using Trapcode Particular!
This experiment was inspired by the absolutely gorgeous video for Breakbot's Baby I'm Yours.
The final result started out similar to the final frames where the word Breakbot is revealed, but I have tweaked it to give a softer, more pastel-like texture :
Download the project
You'll need to have After Effects CS5 and Trapcode Particular installed to use this project.
Psychedelic Paint Effect with Particular - CS5Download
How to use it
The file is fairly easy to adapt to your own needs, just paste your path from illustrator into the X,Y position of the Trapcode Particular layer, the colours are all editable in the particle composition. I'm sure this setup only touches on what is possible with this technique, so don't be afraid to go wild and break it!
- Open the "Text Draw" Composition
- Select the "Main Path" layer and hit "U" to reveal the animated properties
- Replace the keyframes of the "Position XY" property by pasting from an Illustrator path or an After Effects mask.
To paste from an After Effects mask to a position property, be sure to select the Mask Path property, and not the mask itself.
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That's awesome! Thanks for sharing it. I'm always trying to create more organic effects and this opens up new possibilities.
it doesn't seem to work in CS6, says " not able to paste custom data" .. will tinker about a bit more.. looks like an awesome effect :)
Unfortunately I don't have CS6 so have no way of verifying its compatibility. I haven't done anything too radical so it should all work...
Hey Yorobi, did you figure it out? :)
Hello Wonderful effect thank you so much for sharing!!
A quick question just to clarify. You create a path animation first that writes on the text and then take those values and place them in the particular path as directed?
I created a path that spelled out the word HELLO in illustrator, copied it and then pasted into the X,Y position of the particular layer.
Hope this helps ^^
Hey Shabello, I found another way to make it work, just delete all the xy positions for the particular layer, add another text layer and use that as a guide layer to make a path in Particular. :)
Im using cs6, and this is fine for me!
This really really great. Thanks for sharing!
Can you download project for win. ^ _ ^
Hi Shabello, Can you tell me the font you used for the preset?
Just started using this and it's wonderful. I have, however, run in to a problem:
Sometimes when I paste a path in to the 'Main Path X Y position' I get the error :'Attempt to get an address from outside list length'. It only happens when I have a slightly complex path like a written word for example.
Really can't work it out, very little info out there on this error.
Ae and Ai CC
Thanks for sharing but the link seems not to be working
So great, I love how organic it feels. Thanks for sharing!