4 Replies Latest reply on Apr 4, 2008 11:07 AM by Todd_Kopriva

    How to create explosions?

      hey all!
      Just wondering if any of you know of a plug-in/tutorial on how to create explosions in After Effects CS3? And, are there any random, free or not free, plug-ins you recommend (this question doesn't have anything to do with explosions!)?
      Thanks for your help!!!
        • 1. Re: How to create explosions?
          Level 1
          I've seen "shatter" plugin do a pretty good job of explosions. Also you can make some smoke I'd say with Fractal Noise.
          Good luck....

          Lynda.com has a tonne of tutorials...
          • 2. Re: How to create explosions?
            Level 1
            hey thanks alot! Yes, I've done the lynda.com tutorials, they're really good, just didn't have one on explosions! Thanks again
            • 3. Re: How to create explosions?
              Andrew Yoole MVP & Adobe Community Professional
              Explosions are typically created with particle generation systems, stock footage, or a combination of both.

              Trapcode Particular has preset explosions built into it, but it's not a cheap plugin:


              The existing Cycore particle systems in AE, CC Particle Systems II and CC Particle World, are good places to start for free.

              You can buy stock footage of explosions from many sources. Artbeats is great but expensive.

              Andrew Kramer has a great package called Action Movie Essentials which includes explosions, and its only 60 bucks, including tutorials:

              Detonation Films sell stock footage of fire and explosions, but there are lots of freebies on their site. It's mostly DV footage, so not up to the standard of Artbeats, but its cheap and/or free, so who's complaining?
              • 4. Re: How to create explosions?
                Todd_Kopriva Level 8
                In general, I say that you should consider acquiring stock footage of an explosion before diving in to the difficult task of simulating one. As Andrew said, Artbeats and Detonation Films are great.

                That said, if you need to simulate an explosion, there are _lots_ of ways to do this in After Effects. John Dickinson recently sponsored a contest on this very topic and provides nearly a dozen downloadable projects that were submitted:

                The results:

                Earlier threads: