I am looking at using AE's particle to system to create this:
I am a bit of a noob to AE so any help would be greatly appreciated!
I found snow CC and managed to get it going, but Ideally I would like it to appear like the above, as if you are passing through the particles and they are falling out of focus.
Thanks for your help!
Simply create multiple layers of snow and apply different levels of blur to them. Otherwise you will have to get Trapcode Particular to get built-in DOF.
True but there are many particle systems in AE that will create snow simulations, CC Snow is just optimized for the simulation. Any of the particle systems that use 3D and include camera settings can do that illusion with a bit of tweaking. It's not THAT difficult but if you have never explored 3D and cameras, you will need a few hours of deeply frustrating practice.