Trapcode Particular is one of the most robust plugins for After Effects in my opinion, especially for particle work. In this tutorial, we’ll take a look at how to utilize Trapcode Particular in conjunction with layer maps and mattes to create a burning fiery transition. We’ll also take a look at how to create some flames, sparks, and smokes to composite with our disintegration. Finally, we’ll explore ways to enhance the burning style by adding heat waves, glowing burns, and much more.
The secret to a smooth transition is the matte we used to drive particle emission and logo reveal. By modifying the matte source composition, we are able to achieve finer control over many things including timing. The mattes can also be used for many other elements that you can sync up with your text or logo.
The secret to a great looking fiery look is playing around with the Glow Threshold, Curves, and Hue & Saturation. You want to try and get a variation of oranges, reds, and yellows in your flames and sparks. Make sure you’re working in 16bpc for better glows and reduced bandings.
I hope you guys enjoyed this tutorial. Take what you learned about mattes and maps, and apply them in your future works. They are a powerful way to achieve fine control over elements and will help you understand the 3D workflow better.
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