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I have spent the last two weeks scanning the internet for the best tutorials on all the different Trapcode products, here are my favorite tutorials for you to enjoy. Tutorials include Particular, Shine, Form, Lux, Horizon, 3D stroke and more!

By peewee1002, on November 16, 2010, under After Effects Tutorials
 

I have spent the last two weeks scanning the internet for the best tutorials on all the different Trapcode products, here are my favorite tutorials for you to enjoy. Tutorials include Particular, Shine, Form, Lux, Horizon, 3D stroke and more!

 

What Trapcode products are there and what do they do?

 

Trapcode Particular - Creates natural smoke, explosions, geometric or organic abstract elements.

Trapcode Shine - Shine is a 2D plug-in that simulates 3D volumetric light effects.

Trapcode Form - Creates flame, smoke and other organic 3D shapes - and then synchronize it with audio.

Trapcode 3D Stroke - Uses paths from one or more masks to render volumetric strokes that can be rotated and moved freely in 3D space. It has a built-in camera to create dynamic 3D environments.

Trapcode Echo Space - Speeds and automates the creation of 3D layer effects in Adobe After Effects. Layer iterations can be controlled as a group or individually for sophisticated 'house-of-cards' or 'Cover Flow'-style animations.

Trapcode Horizon - Create environments by using Trapcode Horizon to wrap sphere maps, panoramas or video around the After Effects world.

Trapcode Lux - Simulates the "visible light" phenomenon of light in a dark or foggy environment.

Trapcode Sound Keys - Sound Keys is a keyframe generator plug-in for Adobe After Effects. Visually select parts of an audio track and convert that audio into keyframes. Intended for audio-intensive animations.

Trapcode Starglow - Ultra-fast star shaped glow on highlights

 
 

Trapcode Particular:

 

Creates natural smoke, explosions, geometric or organic abstract elements.

 
 

Grow A Grassy Field With Particular

 

Learn how to use Particular's "Aux Particles System" to generate a grass-like particle trail. It will be the closes most of us get outside all day!

 
 

Create realistic smoke trails with Particular particles

 

Andrew Kramer at Video Copilot brings us yet again a brilliant new tutorial using Particular and his new amazing product optical flares. After watching all you will want to do is shoot missiles all day.

 
 

Use Trapcode's Particular to generate light streaks

 

Yet another Andrew Kramer tutorial in which we learn how to create light streaks used in the many popular adverts such as the ipod nano.

 
 

Use Trapcode's Particular to generate light streaks - Part 2

 

Part 2 of Andrew Kramer's light streak tutorial teaches you how to use the effect with live footage, as well as advanced coloring and 3D camera work.

 
 

Creating a 3D picture Montage with Trapcode Particular

 

Rob Birnholz from red giant tv teaches you how to make a 3D picture montage in a matter of minutes, saving you hours of hard work!

 
 

Better Compositing with Particles

 

Aharon Rabinowitz shows you a technique for placing layers inside the middle of a particle system - crucial to truly integrating your CGI effects with your live action footage or motion graphics.

 
 

Creating Shimmering Glitter using Trapcode Particular

 

This tutorial teaches you about the importance of depth of field in Particular as well as how to make this beautiful glitter effect.

 
 

How to bounce particles in Particular

 

In this Particular tutorial you will learn how to bounce particles on a 3D layer in an After Effects composition. (Afterwards have a look at the Particular bounce tutorial located further down!)

 
 

The Dark Knight

 

This tutorial will teach you techniques and workflow used in Adobe After Effects and Illustrator to create the dramatic effect of the Batman icon shattering apart revealing a bright light source behind.

Other products needed: Trapcode shine, Knoll Light Factory

 
 

Create a Fluid Plasma Effect with Trapcode Particular

 

Motion designer Harry Frank shows how to use layer emitters and turbulence fields in Trapcode Particular to create a smoky/plasma design effect.

Perfect if you cannot afford to buy Trapcode Form!

 
 

Particular Halftone Effect

 

Thinking outside the box, greycode uses Particular to create this halftone effect from a photo. If you don't happen to have a version of photoshop handy this might be for the right tutorial for you!

 
 

Knowing Earth

 

Simply use bitmap and text layers to emit particles to achieve a Knowing film effect and then Trapcode Particular will read and emit particle text from the lava cracks.

 
 

Particular bounce

 

You are going to learn how to emit lots of footballs and make them bounce in After Effects. Awesome for a sports website trailer or channel.

 
 

Welding Sparks with Particular

 

Explore Trapcode Particular's position keys and bounce system, and use it to create these red hot sparks.

 
 

Butterfly Effect

 

Learn quick tricks of using Particular as well as how to link to butterflies leaving trails.

 
 

Cash For Gold

 

Use a gold bar as emitter to generate Dollar bills with Trapcode Particular. An awesome effect if you are designing an advert or music video involving lots of cash.

Why not reverse the effect to turn your money into a nice new 27" Imac?

 
 

The Ring

 

Andrew Kramer teaches you how to build a silver ring in After Effects with a particle wipe using Particular or cc particle world.

This tutorial is not for beginners! So be warned, the world of After Effects is not to be messed with.

 
 

Lloyd Alvarez Teaches Particle Ballet - AE Plus

 

Over the course of two jam-packed video lessons you'll learn how to create a breathtaking 'Particle Ballet' effect using After Effects, using Particular and Trapcode Form.

Other plugins needed: Trapcode Form

 
 

Animate Your Logo Into Characters

 

In this tutorial we will learn some of the cool new features introduced in Trapcode Particular v2.0. Perfect if you have just upgraded and want to learn the new features.

 
 

Mac OSX Wallpaper Creation - With Invigorator Pro

 

In this tutorial Saqib uses both Invigorator Pro and Particular to recreate the mac OS wallpaper.

Other programs needed: Invigorator Pro

 
 
 

Trapcode Shine:

 

Shine is a 2D plug-in that simulates 3D volumetric light effects.

 
 

Reviving AE Lens Flares

 

If you haven't rushed out a bought Optical flares then you might want to learn how to use shine to revive the boring default AE flares.

 
 

Flashlight Titles

 

Use shine to help create this awesome flashlight title, when animated it appears that you are shining a torchlight onto it! I would recommend viewing the preview to understand it fully!

Other Plug ins needed: Trapcode Lux, Trapcode Starglow and CE PixelSampler.

 
 

Lexus Hybrid Drive Flying Orbs

 

Ruediger Chmielus from Barbecue delivers an excellent free After Effects tutorial series on how to create the flying Orbs seen in the Lexus Hybrid Drive commercial.

If you haven't seen the advert have a look here before you start. To say its amazing is an understatement.

Other plug ins needed: Trapcode Particular and Trapcode Lux

 
 

Quick Effect: Create a Mac OS X Leopard-style Aura Effect

 

In this tutorial you learn how to create an aura effect which can used as a background for a dramatic title, similar in style to the default desktop background shipped with Mac OS X Leopard.

The best bit about it is all you need is Trapcode shine!

 
 
 

Trapcode Form:

 

Creates flame, smoke and other organic 3D shapes - and then synchronize it with audio.

 
 

Running Man

 

Generate particles in After Effects with Trapcode Form Plug in and link them to real footage to generate 3d particles.

Its a stunning effect which can be used for number of different things, have a look and see what you think.

 
 

Create cool 3D text with Trapcode Form

 

Learn how to create cool 3D text for use in all sorts of videos, from music videos to movies.

 
 

A Delightful Swirl Of Audio

 

Use Trapcode Form to create this animation which reacts to the beats of the music. Perfect for music videos.

 
 

Peel-Away Vortex Transition

 

Red giant TV shows us how to make a peel away effect using Trapcode Form. It can be used for almost any object to be sure to check it out.

Other plugins needed: Knoll Light Factory Pro

 
 

Form a Unique Transition

 

Stefan Surmabojov shows us how it is possible to create a cool particle transition between 2 videos using Trapcode Form

Other plugins needed: Trapcode shine is optional

 
 

War! Or How to Create a 3D Particle Generated Video Display

 

Using Trapcode Form as the basis to display video, we are are taught how to use the audio reactors built into Form to achieve something very very cool and unique.

If you have not had the joy of viewing the preview, take a look now. I don't mind waiting.....

 
 

Text to smoke

 

This tutorial is similar to my wallet, with things just disappearing in thin air. Using Trapcode Form we'll go from a solid shape to little puffs of smoke that whips off into the air.

 
 

Form a Face

 

Create a slick push pin toy effect as seen in the Radiohead "House of Cards" video. Using Form we can link the particles to footage to create this awesome effect.

 
 

Make Form Cinematic

 

Simon Bronson has wrote this fantastic tutorial on making from more cinematic and less digital, a useful watch even if you don't own Form!

 
 

Creating a Text to Sand Transition

 

Aharon Rabinowitz shows you how to create the effect of text (or a logo) dissolving to sand and blowing away. You'll also learn how to reverse the transition, so that sand Forms into text.

 
 

An introduction to Trapcode Form

 

A introduction to Trapcode Form for those with little or no experience using the plug-in.

 
 

How to visualize audio with Trapcode Form in After Effects

 

This tutorial will show you how to link your audio to Form and create awesome animations within minutes! You could have a full music video done within 20 minutes (Then add 4 hours rendering!!)

 
 

Create a Stormy, Electric Type Reveal

 

AEtuts provides yet another shocking (bad pun intended) Trapcode Form tutorial in which you will learn how to use it to create a mysterious and electric type reveal.

 
 

Create a 3D DNA Strain

 

In this tutorial AE god Maltaanon shows us how to create a DNA strain and animate it with Form.

 
 

How to Create a Cinematic Opening Title

 

How to create a cool opening title for a music video. Use particles to create your logo in 3D space.

 
 
 

Trapcode Lux:

 

Simulates the "visible light" phenomenon of light in a dark or foggy environment.

 
 

How to get started with Trapcode Lux After Effects plugin

 

Use Lux to create incredibly realistic visible light sources for spotlights, flashlights, headlights, or stage lighting of all kinds within After Effects.

This tutorial will show you how to get started with Trapcode Lux in After Effects.

 
 

Get Your Disco Groove On

 

We are going to create a full disco club scene. There are a number of elements involved so hopefully you can moonwalk away with something groovy!

Other Plug ins needed: Trapcode Particular.

 
 

Create Procedurally Animated Rhythmic Dancing Marbles

 

The genius that is Satya Meka teaches us how to create these dancing glowing balls. Learn how to make them bounce and create these rings.

 
 

OSX Tiger Intro

 

This tutorial teaches you how to create a video like the Mac OX tiger startup. You need to watch the video to understand how amazing this effect is.

Work with 3D lights, 3D scenes and of course Trapcode Lux.

 
 
 

Trapcode Horizon:

 

Create environments by using Trapcode Horizon to wrap sphere maps, panoramas or video around the After Effects world.

 
 

Building a cube world in after effects:

 

This tutorial teaches you how to create your own cube world without horizon. But feel free to skip straight to part 4 which shows you show create it quicker and easier inside of Horizon.

 
 

Introduction to Trapcode Horizon

 

This is a simple guide to how to use Horizon and what it truly does. Perfect if you are unsure if you want to buy it or not.

 
 

Create a Breathtakingly Awesome Rain Scene

 

In this mega tutorial we use quite a few Trapcode products, including Form for the 3D droplets but we use horizon to create a 3D scene which the rain drops mass.

Other Plugins needed: Trapcode Particular, Trapcode 3D Form, Trapcode Shine, Twitch, T_Distorto

 
 

3D Thunderstorm Scene

 

Red giant TV also has produced a similar tutorial to AEtuts but this tutorial only uses two images, Trapcode Horizon and Particular.

Other plugins needed: Trapcode Particular

 
 
 

Trapcode 3D Stroke:

 

Uses paths from one or more masks to render volumetric strokes that can be rotated and moved freely in 3D space. It has a built-in camera to create dynamic 3D environments.

 
 

Create an Elegantly Handwritten Text Reveal

 

In this tutorial you will learn how to animate a handwritten text sequence with ink bleeding through the paper to create an elegant old-world style title reveal.

Other plugins needed: Trapcode Particular (optional)

 
 

The Twilight Zwn

 

Chad Perkins shows you how to create various elements for use in a Twilight Zone-esque TV show opening, using After Effects, Photoshop, Illustrator and Cinema 4D. Get ready to kick it old-school...

Other plugins needed: Trapcode Echospace, Trapcode Suite

Other programs needed: Cinema 4D (or another 3D program)

 
 

A brief tutorial on getting started with 3D stroke

 

This is a quick and easy tutorial to follow, which shows you how to use 3D stroke to write your logo or name.

 
 

3D stroke sniper effect

 

This tutorial shows you how to add a 3D stroke to footage from gears of war to make an awesome sniper shot. Perfect if you own a capture card and want to impress your friends with your new found skills.

 
 

Jumbotron Column

 

Create a realistic Jumbotron-style look using CC Ball Action, Glow, Levels and Curves; then turn the jumbotron into a 3D column mounted on grungy wire mesh using Zaxwerks 3D Layer Warps.

Other Plugins needed: Magic Bullet Looks, Zaxwerks 3D Layer Warp

 
 
 

Trapcode Soundkeys:

 

Sound Keys is a keyframe generator plug-in for Adobe After Effects. Visually select parts of an audio track and convert that audio into keyframes. Intended for audio-intensive animations.

 
 

A workflow with Soundkeys

 

Learn how Trapcode Soundkeys was used to control the look and feel of a boxing promo. John Dickinson does another impressive job in teaching you how to deal with footage on a deadline for a client.

Other plugins needed: Trapcode Shine

 
 

Learn how to use Trapcode Soundkeys

 

Learn how to visually select parts of an audio track and convert that audio into keyframes. Trapcode Soundkeys in the most basic form.

 
 

Controlling Time with Audio- Part 1

 

Red Giants' Aharon Rabinowitz shows you how to use audio to control time. You'll learn how to make your video automatically move forward in time to the music's beat.

 
 

Controlling Time with Audio - Part 2

 

Aharon continues to explore how audio can be used to control time, but he expands on that by showing you how it can be used to change the look of the footage as well.

Other plugins needed: Magic Bullet Looks

 
 

Driving the opacity with Soundkeys

 

If you hate creating 10000 bazillion keyframes in your After Effects project this tutorials for you! Learn how to use Trapcode Soundkeys to drive the opacity off a blinking cursor.

 
 
 

Trapcode Echospace:

 

Speeds and automates the creation of 3D layer effects in Adobe After Effects. Layer iterations can be controlled as a group or individually for sophisticated 'house-of-cards' or 'Cover Flow'-style animations.

 
 

Blooming Marvelous

 

Learn how to make a 3D animated opening title sequence using Adobe After Effects and Trapcode's Echospace plug-in. Its the most gardening advice you will ever here in a AE tutorial.

 
 

Getting Started with Trapcode Echospace

 

Learn how to use Echospace in the simplest Form before moving onto more complex animations.

 
 

More Of The Same Thing

 

Creative cow editor Eran Stern shows you how to duplicate elements in After Effects using Trapcode Echospace plug-in.

 
 
 

Trapcode Starglow:

 

Ultra-fast star shaped glow on highlights.

 
 

Create a stylized holiday snowstorm

 

Red Giant Tv brings you how to create a stylized holiday snowstorm using just Trapcode Particular and Starglow.

Other plugins needed: Trapcode Particular

 
 

How to use Trapcode Starglow

 

Add Hollywood glamour to text or shapes with the fast-rendering Starglow plug-in. With multiple colors and point and shimmer controls, the star power is all at your fingertips.

If you have never used Starglow in After Effects, this tutorial will help you get started.

 
 

Typographic Logo

 

Ayato@web teaches you how to use Starglow in a very effective typographic logo. Although beware Ayato doesn't explain each step fully, so you must have experience using AE and Trapcode Starglow.

 
 

Well thanks for reading!

 

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