Making a Galaxy using Trapcode Particular

Using the Red Giant plugin for Adobe After Effects, I show you how to create a 3D galaxy you can fly through. The project file is included below.

After some terrible singing and explainer at the start, I jump into After Effects and talk you through all the steps needed. First, we set up an emitter light and control its position using an expression to move it in a Fibonacci / Golden Spiral. Then we make the stars, followed by gas and finally dust as separate systems. Once completed, you have a 3D galaxy you can fly around.


Expression used

Y = 0;
X = Math.sin(Math.PI*galaxySize)*Math.exp(galaxySize)*direction;
Z = Math.cos(Math.PI*galaxySize)*Math.exp(galaxySize)*direction;
[X,Y,Z]

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Published by ShiveringCactus

Tutorials and videos, mainly After Effects, but with some 3D and puppetry stuff too.

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