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How do you make Magic Particles?

Posted: Mon, 9th Jan 2006, 4:16am

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jrg2134

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How do you make Magic Particles? I've been working on a magic particle effect but it doesn't seem to work (you must understand i don't even know how to make real preset except for filter presets). I also used some textures that already exist (is that against rules?) but i'm just testing and so far they look pretty good except for the fact they start out as a little ball and increase to a gas like preset. So i was wondering how do you make presets with your own textures, etc?
Posted: Mon, 9th Jan 2006, 6:17am

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I'm not sure what you mean by Magic Particles.

Feel free to use any of the textures that come with the program, and the ones that come in presets you download should be fine too. If you want to create your own, that is great. It can sometimes get a bit tricky, but here are some basics. Malone has written a basic tutorial on creating texturtes here. It is written for Paint Shop Pro, but the principles apply equally in Photoshop.

Also, I have put together a tutorial on creating textures from photographs here. Keep in mind that in order to submit your preset, you have to have the rights to any images you use to create your textures.

Once you have textures you like, you basically adjust the parameters until you get the effect the way you like it. It is actually easiest to get the movement the way you like before you apply the particles, as it will speed things up. You can also turn the textures off for this reason in the Canvas menu, by selecting Preview Emitters. When you get things looking the way you want, you can create a preset by right-clicking the object in the timeline and selecting Create Preset.

Other than that, it will just come down to the specific controls and settings, which will vary greatly depending on the effect you are after. If you need more specific help, just let me know for which aspect of the controls.
Posted: Mon, 9th Jan 2006, 10:58pm

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Sorry, I meant magic particles as in like you know, water, weather, fire, and i figured you can make magical ones too, i mean why not?
Posted: Tue, 10th Jan 2006, 5:31am

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So you are desirous of creating a magical effect using particles. What type of magical effect? Like pixie dust from a magic wand? Or a magical portal to another world? Or a magical blast from a magician's staff? I'll be happy to help you out here, but the more specific your question is, the more easily I can provide the answer or the help that you are after.

Are you wanting help in creating a specific effect, or would you just like a more thorough explanation of the controls than the manual provides?
Posted: Wed, 11th Jan 2006, 2:06am

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jrg2134

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Well I didn't really have a specific effect more like just colors that looked like magic but it seems you have made me thing of a few ideas.

Okay well what i was really trying to do was make some kind of magic effect that came out of someones hand (kind of like how you said out of a magician's staff) but i want it to come like force lightning but yet a lot different.

And your last question Axeman....

Are you wanting help in creating a specific effect, or would you just like a more thorough explanation of the controls than the manual provides?
Kind of both. I mean i want to know how to do something like that but not in just a specific way unless it can help me to make upcoming effects in the future. Does that at all makes sense?
Posted: Wed, 11th Jan 2006, 6:37am

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Yes, it made sense. I think I got it. And I will see what I can do. Perhaps I can put together a tutorial based on creating that sort of effect, which also explains the Penguin controls in greater detail.
Posted: Wed, 11th Jan 2006, 10:35pm

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Hey thnx! I really appreciate it but I'm very sorry I can't tell you in words but once again Thnx! biggrin