Well jeditj9, if you know how to make it look like smoke and trail I will leave that part out. There are two methods to get the smoke to become transparent (fade) nearing the end of its life time. The first method I will describe will control opacity, the second feature will allow you control over how long each particle "lives".First method
: (Using the color/opacity Gradient)
EffectsLab Dv offers a feature that allows you to change the opacity of your particle effect from solid to transparent (not necessarily in that order) over the course of its life time. To do this, scroll down to "Particle Properties
", and open the "Color/Opacity Gradient
. Opacity Gradient
Once here, click the second tab on the opacity bar (the top tab that I have circled), and drag to the desired position for the effect you are going for. You can also use the opacity slider at the very top for different attributes (strength). With enough practice you should be able to achieve the desired amount of opacity through out the effect.Second method
: (Life Time slider)Life Time slider
To gain more control over the length of each particle you can always make use of the "Life Time" controls. To determine the amount of life time each particle is limited to, locate the "Life Time" tab (found under "Particle Creation
") and drag it left (for decreased life time) or right (for an increased life time). Note
: If there is any problem with the pictures supplied please contact me so that I can correct it.Edit
: Oh, sorry Hendo for saying a lot of what you had just said. When I started this post there were not any replies. The phone rang and I figured I had time to speak. Your answer was more then enough, thank you for covering that. Allow me to add a little bit on to that.
Hope this was all you needed.