In this series of tutorials, we are going to construct a number of node tree setups that create different types of particles. There are presets that create very similar particle effects to the ones that we will be exploring, however, until you start to understand why these nodes fit together in the way that they do, you will be limited to only using the presets. We will go over a simple particle system that uses the basics of creating your own particles without a preset. Then, we move onto a more challenging use of these same nodes along with several more advanced particle nodes as well. After watching this course, you will have a firm grasp on some of the different possibilities you have for the look of particles and you will be able to build your own particle systems without the crutch of a preset. This will give you more control and make your work more unique than users who simply drop in a preset and move onto the next composite. Software required: NUKEX 7.0v6.
Laura is a passionate visual effects and motion graphics author at Pluralsight. Ever since her first exposure to After Effects in college, Laura has had an eternal drive to learn more about motion graphics, and teach others what she has discovered. Laura began working at Digital-Tutors (now a Pluralsight company) as a motion graphics artist, creating visually-appealing advertisements and informative art for the site.