Adobe After Effects Tutorials from TemplateMonster, Part 2

We’ve started posting our small tutorials for Adobe After Effects beginners – that in turn was inspired by the launch of After Effects Logo Reveal animations.

Judging from the first post success you really like those tutorials so today we’re rolling out a new portion of them (not to mention the fact we’ve been planning to publish a second part from the very beginning).

And of course today we’re also sharing a nice little freebie in the end of the post. So make sure you stay with us and read the tutorials to get to the freebie. Here go the tutorials:

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Picture Breaking Into Pieces

(based on animation from Dynamic Flash Photo Galleries presentation)

    1. Create new composition 730х411, 5 sec, 30 fps, Square pixels
    2. Create a new layer
    3. Apply Trapcode Particular
    4. Place a picture that will be breaking into the composition and make this picture’s layer 3D. In the Particular settings set this layer as an Emitter
    5. Apply settings as shown below


(click the image to see in full size)

This effect is slow because there’s a lot of particles. That is why after all is set, it is recommended to render the effect into PNG and import it into After Effects (or simply use it as proxy).

After this you may also improve the effect with blur and glow – as it was made in the final video.

This is what your result will look like when rendered into video:

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Creating Particles Flying Around the Sphere

Basic steps :

    1. Create new composition 512х288, 4 sec, 30 fps, Square pixels
    2. Create a new layer
    3. Apply Trapcode Particular
    4. Apply the following settings

    1. Duplicate layer (Ctrl+D) and change plug-in settings. Set new parameters from screenshot below

    1. Duplicate this layer and set transfer mode to Add. Add Fast blur effect (blurriness is 5.0).
    2. Add Glow effect to layer from step 5. Set Glow parameters from screenshot below

    1. Create a new 24 mm camera and a Null layer. Make Null a 3d layer.

    1. Attach Null to your camera and animate Null’s Y rotation.


(click the image to see the full size timeline)

This is what your result will look like when rendered into a video:

Download source project

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Free Stars Path

And here goes the promised freebie – the star path. Feel free to check what it looks like and download the source files by clicking the link below the video.

Trapcode Form plugin required.

Download source project

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