'I seem to spend a 30 seconds or so making tweaks to the look of the particle, and have to wait double the time to see the effect it has, decide it's no good and change it again... it's all very tedious! Any ideas, best practises and workflow help would be great.'
This is in reference to just the effect refreshing itself, not trying to render out a chunk of preview
Provide soem screenshots of the settings and the comp, perhaps there's potential to optimize, e.g. by layeirng mutliple instances of the effect instead of just one huge lump with a gigazillion particles...
Hi Mylenium, thanks for replying.
I haven't posted detailed screen grabs on here before and thought it might scale it down too much so have uploaded 3 to dropbox.
I've added a screen shot of all my layers, this shows all the key frames too. Also there are two screenshots of my particular settings ( they overlap a bit).