Create a Paper Box Intro

What You’ll Be CreatingIn this tutorial, you’ll learn how to create an animation in After Effects using simple 2D shapes and export the animation to layers with an alpha channel to use in Cinema 4D as a texture. The texture will span across multiple Mo…

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Create a Particle Based Explosion with FumeFX

What You’ll Be Creating

In this tutorial, we are going to learn how to create explosions. This is a very interesting subject, because we can’t define one certain process to create an explosion. As much as you will use your creativity and tools, you will find different types of explosions every time. So it very much depends on your own understanding of the tools and techniques.

Introduction 

In this tutorial, I’ll show you how I created
the explosion shown in the preview above using 3ds Max and the FumeFX plugin. There are different
types of techniques to achieve this effect in FumeFX, but we are going to use
particles to create this explosion.

For that purpose we are going to use three Particle Flow systems, a FumeFX Particle Source, three standard lights (a Target Spot
and two Omni lights), and the default Scanline Renderer. So get ready for this exciting tutorial!

Editors Note: If you’d prefer to follow along using high resolution Images. You can download them below:

1. Create the Particle Flow Systems &
Gravity

Step 1

To create an explosion, particles are a very good option, because we can
control the particle’s motion easily and particles will generate fire and smoke
based on their birth timing. Also the particle count and speed will determine how big and fast the explosion is. So to create a proper Particle Flow
simulation follow these steps:

There are two ways to open the Particle Flow
window:

  1. Press 6 on the keyboard.
  2. Go to Graph Editors > Particle View.

To create a Standard flow, follow these steps: Right Click on the center part of the Particle Flow
window and go to New > Particle System > Standard Flow.

Step 2

Position the first Particle Flow source (PF Source 01) at the following location:

Position: X : 0.0 | Y : 0.0 | Z : 6.543

Rotation: X : 0.0 | Y : -5.358 | Z : 0.0

Step 3

Create a second Standard Flow (PF Source 02) following the above steps and position it as follows:

Position: X : 0.0 | Y : 0.0 | Z : 6.543

Rotation: X : 0.0 | Y : 0.0 | Z : 0.0

Step 4

Finally create a third Standard Flow (PF Source 03) and position it:

Position: X : 0.0 | Y : 0.0 | Z : 6.543

Rotation: X : 0.0 | Y : 13.213 | Z : 0.0

Step 5

 Now create the Gravity Space Warp. To create the Gravity Space Warp, go to the Create Panel > Space Warps > Forces, click on the Gravity button and generate it in viewport by clicking and dragging.

 And then position it as follows:

Position: X : 50.0 | Y : 0.0 | Z : 0.0

Rotation: X : -180.0 | Y : 0.0 | Z : 0.0

Step 6

Select the Gravity space warp and go to the Modify panel and make the following
changes to its parameters.

Under Force, set the Strength to 1.0 and the Decay to 0.0.



2. Edit the Particle Flow Systems

Step 1

Now let’s modify each of the Particle Flow systems.

Select PF Source 01, go to the Modify panel and make the following changes to its parameters.

Emission:

  • Logo Size: 10.0
  • Icon Type: Circle
  • Diameter: 20.0

Quantity Multiplier:

  • Viewport 100.0%
  • Render 100.0%

Tip: If you keep the Viewport value at 50.0%, it will only show 50% of the particles in the viewport and because of that FumefX, will only generate smoke from that 50% of Particles. So always keep it at 100%.

System
Management:

  • Upper Limit: Keep it at the Maximum.
  • Viewport (Integration Step): Frame
  • Render (Integration Step): Frame

Tip: A smaller integration step can improve accuracy, at the cost of
calculation time. But I am not worried about it here, because our
particle system is not very complicated.

Script: Keep as it is. (Frankly speaking, this is not my cup of tea.) 😉

Step 2

Press 6 to open the Particle View window and make these changes.

Birth 01:

  • Emit Start: 2
  • Emit Stop: 3
  • Amount: 11
  • Subframe
    Sampling: Keep it Ticked.

Position Icon 001: Keep it as is.

Speed
01:

  • Speed: 300.0
  • Variation: 50.0
  • Direction: Along Icon Arrow
  • Reverse: Checked
  • Divergence: 21.0

Add a Force and Delete operator into the event by dragging and dropping them from the depot. Adjust the parameters as follows:

Force 01:

Under Force Space Warps, click the By List button and pick Gravity001 from the list. Set the Influence% value to 200.

Delete
01:

  • Remove: By Particle Age
  • Life Span: 30
  • Variation: 35

Display
001:

  • Type: Ticks

Step 3

Select PF Source 02, go to the Modify Panel and edit the parameters to match the settings we used for PF Source 01.

Now Press 6 to open the Particle View window and make the following changes:

Birth 02:

  • Emit Start: 2
  • Emit Stop: 3
  • Amount: 9
  • Subframe
    Sampling: Keep it Ticked.

Position Icon 02: Keep it as is.

Speed
02:

  • Speed: 320.0
  • Variation: 100.0
  • Direction: Along Icon Arrow
  • Reverse: Checked
  • Divergence: 16.0

Force 02:

  • Force Space Warps: Add the Gravity.
  • Influence: 200

Delete
02

  • Remove: By Particle Age
  • Life Span: 30
  • Variation: 50

Display
02:

  • Type – Ticks

Step 4

Select PF Source 03, go to the Modify panel and again edit the parameters to be the same as PF Source 01.

Now press 6 to open the Particle View window, and make these changes:

Birth 03:

  • Emit Start: 2
  • Emit Stop: 3
  • Amount: 8
  • Subframe
    Sampling: Keep it Ticked.

Position Icon 03: Keep it as is.

Speed 03:

  • Speed: 300.0
  • Variation: 200.0
  • Direction: Along Icon Arrow
  • Reverse: Checked
  • Divergence: 8.5

Force 03:

  • Force Space Warps: Add the Gravity.
  • Influence: 100

Delete
03:

  • Remove: By Particle Age
  • Life Span: 30
  • Variation: 50

Display
03:

  • Type – Ticks

3. Create the FumeFX Particle Source

Step 1

We are going to use a FumeFX Particle Source to create the Explosion.

To
Create the FFX Particle Source, go to the Create panel, click on Helpers and select FumeFX from the dropdown list.

Click
on the Particle Src button and generate it in the viewport by clicking and dragging. And then rename it from FFX Particle Scr01 to “FFX Explosion Src“.

Step 2

Position it at the following location:

Position: X : 0.0 | Y : 0.0 | Z :
0.0

Rotation: X : 0.0 | Y : 0.0 | Z :
0.0

4. Create the FumeFX Container

Step 1

Now it’s time to make the Fumefx Container. To create the container go to the Create panel, click on the Geometry tab and select FumeFX from the dropdown menu.

Click on the
FumeFX and generate the container by clicking and dragging in the viewport. Now rename the container from FumeFX01 to “Explosion-Container“.

Step 2

Position the Explosion-Container at this location:

  • X: -20.559
  • Y: -12.908
  • Z: 0.0

5. Edit Fumefx Container

There
are Five Important Sections in the FumeFX Container we are going to
modify.

  • A.
    Gen – General
  • B.
    Sim – Simulation
  • C.
    Rend – Rendering
  • D.
    Illum – Illumination
  • E.
    Obj/Src – Objects & Sources

Step
1

Open FumeFX, go to the Gen tab
and set the following parameters for each section.

General
Parameters:

  • Spacing:
    0.7
  • Width:
    500.0
  • Length:
    500.0
  • Height:
    500.0
  • Adaptive:
    On

Output:

  • Start:
    0
  • End
    Frame:
    100
  • Exporting
    Channels:
    Fuel,
    Smoke.
  • Output
    Path:
    Click on the small button next to Output
    path
    ,
    make a New
    Folder

    on your Storage
    Drive

    and save your cache file (fxd)
    as “Explosion_test_
    in that Folder.

Playback:

  • Play
    From:
    0
  • Play
    to:
    100
  • Start
    Frame:
    0

Step 2

Go to the Sim tab and set the following
parameters for each section.

Simulation:

  • Quality:
    5
  • Maximum
    Iteration:
    200
  • CFL
    Conditions:
    5.0
  • Maximum
    Simulation Steps:
    1
  • Advection
    Stride:
    0.5
  • Time
    Scale:
    1.0

System:

  • Gravity:
    0.05
  • Vorticity:
    0.7
  • X
    Turbulence:
    Animated*

NOTE:
We
are going to animate the
Turbulence
because we want to slow down the turbulence after Frame
20.
So what we’ll do is keep the
Turbulence
set at
2.0
from Frame
0
to
14,
and
on frame
17,
we’ll set the
Turbulence
to
0.5.
And on frame
20,
we’ll make the
Turbulence
0.1.

 Turbulence Noise:

  • Scale: 3.0
  • Frames: 2.0
  • Detail: 5.0

 Blocking Sides:

  • X : None | Y : None
    | Z : Both

 Simulate Fuel:

  • Fuel Buoyancy: -0.1
  • Ignition: 100
  • Burn Rate: 18.1
  • Burn Rate Variation: 1.0
  • Heat Production: 10.0
  • Expansion: 1.5
  • Fire Creates Smoke: Unchecked

Note: Don’t
Change any Parameter from Smoke or Temperature, keep them Default.

Step 3

Go
to the Rend tab and set the following parameters.

Rendering Parameters:

We
are not changing anything under this tab.

Fire:

  • Color: Gradient
  • Opacity: 1.0

 Editor Note: You can download the Color Gradient file from the Attachments section at the top of this page.

Smoke:

  • Ambient: R: 0 | G: 0 | B: 0
  • Smoke Color: R: 66 | G: 66 | B: 66
  • Opacity: 0.2
  • Cast Shadows: Checked
  • Receive Shadows: Checked

Note:
Keep
all other parameters at default.

Step 4

Before
starting work in the Illum tab, we need to add some lights to the
scene. We will use the following three lights:

  1. Target Spot
  2. Omni
  3. Omni

Create
a Target Spot by going to Create > Lights > Standard
Lights > Target Spot
.
Click and drag in the
viewport to create the light, then position it at the following
coordinates: 

Light Position: X: 642.252 | Y : -486.928 | Z: 932.155

Target Position: X: -13.825 | Y: 0.0 | Z: 200.066

Step 5

Next,
go to the Modify
panel and adjust the light’s settings:

  • Turn
    On
    Shadows.
  • Go
    to the Shadow
    Parameters

    rollout and turn On
    Atmosphere
    Shadows
    .
  • Multiplier:
    0.6
  • Light
    Color:
    R: 255
    | G: 255
    | B: 255

Note

Keep
everything else default.

Step 6

Create
an Omni
light by going to Create >
Lights > Standard Lights > Omni
,
and click in the viewport to create the light, then position it at
the following coordinates: 

Position: X: 657.659 | Y: -557.434 | Z: 178.75

Step 7

Next,
go to the Modify
panel and adjust the light’s settings:

  • Turn
    On
    Shadows.
  • Go
    to the Shadow
    Parameters

    rollout and turn On
    Atmosphere
    Shadows
    .
  • Multiplier:
    0.3
  • Light
    Color:
    R: 255
    | G: 255
    | B: 255

Note

Keep
everything else default.

 Step 8

Create
a second Omni light and position it at the following
coordinates:

Position: X: 425.011 | Y: -677.873 | Z: 130.717

Step 9

Again,
go to the Modify panel and adjust the light’s settings:

  • Turn
    On
    Shadows.
  • Go
    to the Shadow
    Parameters

    rollout and turn On
    Atmosphere
    Shadows
    .
  • Multiplier:
    0.15
  • Light
    Color:
    R: 255
    | G: 255
    | B: 255

Note

Keep
the rest of the light’s settings default.

Step 10

Back
in FumeFX, go to the Illum
tab
and add the lights to the Lights
list by picking them, then change the following values: 

  • Turn
    On
    Multiple
    Scattering
    .
  • Maximum
    Depth: 6
  • Fire:
    1.0
  • Smoke
    Strength:
    1.0
  • Falloff:
    8.0

Step 11

The final step
before we hit the simulation button is setting up the Obj/Src Tab.

Add
the FFX
Explosion Src

to the Objects
list. When you select the FFX
Explosion Src
,
another tab will appear called Particle
Source Parameters
.
Now add all the Particle
Flow Systems

into the Particles
list. And change the parameters as follows:

Radius:

  • Radius: 4.187
  • Variation: 643.572*

You
can see the Particle
Radius

Button, exactly below the Var
Text. Right
Click

on it and choose Enable.
Now you can see that the parameter text window has been Activated,
change the parameter to 0.0

If you use this option, the particle radius will animate
automatically. You’ll see that from emission to deletion, the
particle radius size will animate from big to small.

Velocity
Multiplier:

  • Amount: 1.0
  • Variation: 10.0

Fuel:

  • Amount: 100.0
  • Variation: 10

Temperature:

  • Amount: 300.0
  • Variation: 10.0

Smoke:

  • Amount: 10.0
  • Variation: 10

6. Start the Simulation

Hit the Simulation Button. It will take around 10 to 12 Hours
for the 100 frame simulation to complete.

I want to share one important thing
with you. If you want to work with plugins like FumeFX and RealFlow, you need a very high end machine, because if
you are working on a big scene and you don’t have such a machine, the software
will crash every time and you won’t be able to deliver the project on time, or maybe not at all.

I’m using an Intel Core i7
– 2700K CPU @ 3.50GHz
and 16GBs of Ram, and it still takes 10 to 12 minutes to simulate a single frame of this explosion.

7. Rendering

After the simulation finishes and you setup your scene, go to Render Setup (F10). Add the FumeFX Fire & FumeFX Smoke Elements in the Render Elements Section, and render the sequences at a HD
resolution (1280 x 720).

8. Basic Compositing

Step 1

Open
After
Effects
and
load the image sequences you rendered from 3D Studio Max. 

You
can add
the following effects to the Fire layer.

  1. Color Balance
  2. Sharpen
  3. Glow (Sapphire_Glow)

Step 2

Add
the Smoke Layer and apply these effects to it.

  1. Brightness & Contrast
  2. Sharpen

Conclusion

The most important thing to remember when creating such effects, is always try different parameters again and again. First, try this tutorial, but then try your own ideas. Use more than one particle system, add simple sources, change the parameters and see what happens. I would like to see your tests when you finish this tutorial, but not the same as I have made. I want to see your own effects.

So good luck… keep working.

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Atom Simulation in After Effects: Part 2

What You’ll Be CreatingIn this tutorial we’ll create an atom simulation using Particular, CC Sphere, a few layers along with some tricks and smoke screens. In order to make this scene a true (AE) 3D scene we will use some expressions and AE tricks to m…

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Atom Simulation in After Effects: Part 1

What You’ll Be CreatingIn this tutorial we’ll create an atom simulation using Particular, CC Sphere, a few layers along with some tricks and smoke screens. In order to make this scene a true (AE) 3D scene we will use some expressions and AE tricks to m…

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How to Use After Effects for Web Animation Prototypes

What You’ll Be CreatingIn this screencast tutorial we’re going to prototype an app UI animation. We’ll take a Photoshop layout, then bring it to life using Adobe After Effects. Prototyping interfaces with After Effects is a great way of explo…

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Tear & Curl Paper in After Effects

What You’ll Be CreatingIn this tutorial, you’ll create a tearing paper animation using After Effects. Starting off in Photoshop (or any image editor) you’ll create the ripped paper texture, then move into After Effects to animate the tear. As the paper…

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Create Realistic Clouds in 3ds Max with FumeFX

What You’ll Be Creating

Hello everyone, I’m here with another exciting tutorial. This time we are going to learn how to make clouds. This is very interesting, but still a very hard topic.

There are many ways to create clouds. Many Software packages provide their own cloud generating modules, such as Vue, Maya, Houdini, etc… but we need plugins if we are using 3ds Max. There are two or three plugins for 3ds Max that you can use to make clouds. For example, Fumefx, Afterburn or DreamScape.

As you all know, there are two types of plugins, fluid based and texture based. FumeFX is a fluid based plugin and Afterburn is texture based plugin. In this tutorial we are going to learn how we can create clouds with the help of FumeFX, which again is a fluid based plugin.

So get ready for this exciting tutorial…!!!

Editors Note: If you’d prefer to follow along using high resolution Images. You can download them below:

1.Create the Geometry to Generate Clouds

To generate clouds, geometry plays a very important role, because our
cloud shape is totally depended on our geometry’s shape & its internal
motion. So to create a proper shape for the geometry, follow these steps:

Step 1

To generate the clouds, we are going to use a Geosphere with a Noise modifier (which we will animate for a certain amount of frames.)

To Create a Geosphere, go to the Create Panel > Geometry  > Standard
Primitives > Geosphere.

Click on the Geosphere button and generate it in the viewport by clicking and dragging.

Step 2

Position and scale the Geosphere as follows:

Position:

X : 0.0 | Y : 0.0 | Z : 0.0

Rotation:

X : 0.0 | Y : 0.0 | Z : 0.0

Scale:

X : 150.0 | Y : 50.0 | Z : 50.0

Step 3

Now it’s time to modify the Geosphere’s parameters. Select Geosphere 01 and go to the Modify Panel. Set the Radius to 150.0 and the Segments to 20.

Step 4

Now let’s add a Noise modifier. To add a Noise modifier, select the Geosphere and click on the Modifiers drop-down menu and choose the Noise modifier. Now make the following changes to it’s parameters.

Noise:

  • Seed: 1
  • Scale: 500
  • Fractal: Checked
  • Roughness:1.0
  • Iterations: 10.0

Strength:

  • X: 18
  • Y: 18
  • Z: 18

Animation:

  • Animate Noise – Checked
  • Frequency – 0.003
  • Phase – Animated*

 * We are going to animate the Phase value from
frame 5 to frame 25. As soon as you turn on the Animate Noise option, you will
see keys appear at frame 0 and 100. Now what you have to do is just select the
first key, which is on frame 0 and move it forward on the timeline to frame 5. Now select the second
key, which is on frame 100 and move it to frame 25.

Now
you can see the noise animation is only happening between frame 5 and 25.

2. Copy & Arrange the
Geospheres

Step 1

I know what you are thinking. “What is this copy & arrange…?”  Right..??

I’ll tell you. What we are going to do is make multiple copies of our Geosphere and arrange them as per our
requirements or our shot’s requirements.

For example, I created a big box to arrange my scene. I
placed each and every Geosphere inside the box with random positions and rotations. Not a single Geosphere crossed the boundary of this box. So what’s the advantage of doing this? This technique will help you determine your scene size, whether it’s big
or small, and you can create your Fumefx container to match the size of the box.

My Box size is as follows:

  • Length: 1000
  • Width: 1300
  • Height: 300

 I’ve included the 3ds Max file of my scene setup in the project files. Please have a look.. 🙂

3. Create the FumeFX Object Source

Step 1

We are going to use a FumeFX Object Source to create our Clouds. To
Create the FFX Object Source, follow these steps : Go to the Create Panel
> Helpers
, click on the Dropdown menu and select FumeFX from the list.

Click
on the Object Src Button and generate it in viewport by Left Clicking and dragging (you can place it anywhere in the scene.) Rename
the FFX Object Src01 to FFX Cloud Src”.


4. Create the FumeFX Container

Step 1

Now it’s time to create the FumeFX Container. To create the container follow
these steps:

Go to the Create Panel > Geometry and click
on the Dropdown menu and select FumeFX from the list. Click on the
FumeFX button and generate the FumeFX Container in the viewport by Left Clicking and dragging. Now rename it from FumeFX01 to “Cloud-Container”.

Step 2

Position the Cloud Container at the following location:

  • X: 123.879
  • Y: -35.522
  • Z: -127.91

Place this container in
the same position as the “big box” we already created.

5. Edit the FumefX Container

There are Five important
sections in the FumefX Container we are going to modify:

  • A.    Gen – General
  • B.    Sim – Simulation
  • C.    Rend – Rendering
  • D.    Illum – Illumination
  • E.    Obj/Src – Objects & Sources

 Step 1

Open FumeFX, go to the Gen tab and set the following parameters for each section.

A.    Gen Tab:

General Parameters:

  • Spacing: 1.25
  • Width: 1459.034
  • Length: 1147.799
  • Height: 307.224
  • Adaptive: On

Output:

  • Start: 0
  • End Frame: 150
  • Exporting Channels: Smoke.
  • Output Path: Click on the small button next to Output path, make a New Folder on your
    Storage Drive and save your cache file (fxd) as “Cloud_test_” in
    that Folder.

 Playback:

  • Play From: 0
  • Play To: 150
  • Start Frame: -40

Step 2

Go to the Sim tab and set the following parameters for each section.

B.    Sim Tab:

Simulation:

  • Quality: 5
  • Maximum Iterations: 200
  • CFL Conditions: 5.0
  • Maximum Simulation Steps: 1
  • Advection Stride: 0.5
  • Time Scale: 1.0*

*We are going to animate the Time Scale, because we don’t want any
motion after a certain  frame. So what we’ll do is keep the Time Scale set at 1.0 from
frame 0 to 30, and on frame 35, we’ll set the Time Scale to 0.01.

System:

  • Gravity: 0.0
  • Vorticity: 1.0
  • X Turbulence: 0.51

Turbulence Noise:

  • Scale: 0.57
  • Frames: 10.0
  • Detail: 5.0

Blocking Sides:

X : None | Y : None
| Z : None

Simulate Fuel:

Turn Off Simulate Fuel.

Note – Don’t Change any parameters for the Smoke or
Temperature, keep them Default.


Step 3

C.    Rend Tab:

Rendering Parameters:

We are not changing anything under this tab.

Fire:

We are not changing anything under this tab either.

Smoke:

  • Ambient: R : 0 | G : 0 | B : 0
  • Smoke Colour: R : 196 | G : 199 | B : 203
  • Opacity: 0.1
  • Cast Shadows: Checked
  • Receive Shadows: Checked

 Note: Keep all other parameter as default.


Step 4

D.    Illum Tab:

Before start working on this tab, we need to add some lights. We will use one Omni Light.

Create an Omni Light by going to Create > Lights > Standard Lights > Omni and clicking in the viewport. And position the light at the following coordinates:

X : -34.785 | Y : -703.98 | Z : 909.777

Step 5

Next, go to the Modify panel and adjust the Light’s settings:

  • Turn On Shadows.
  • Go to the Shadow Parameters rollout and
    turn On Atmosphere Shadows.
  • Multiplier: 0.71
  • Light Color: R: 255 | G:
    255 | B: 255

 Note – Keep everything else at default.

Step 6

Back in FumeFX, go to the Illum tab and add the Omni light to the Lights list by by picking it, then change the following values:

  • Turn On Multiple Scattering.
  • Maximum Depth: 7
  • Fire: 1.0
  • Smoke
    Strength: 1.0
  • Falloff: 6.0

Step 7

D.    Obj/Src Tab:

Note – This is Final Step before you hit the Simulation button.

Add the FFX
Cloud Src
 to the Objects tab. When you select the FFX Cloud
Src
, another tab will appear called Simple Source Parameters. Now
add all the Geospheres to the Objects list.

Next, change the
Parameters as follows:

Fuel:

Amount: 100.0

Temperature:

Amount: 0.0

Smoke:

Amount: 10.0

Velocity: We change the velocity parameter, because it’ll affect the motion of the smoke
as per the Geosphere animation.

Object’s: 10.0

Extra: 10.0

6. Start the Simulation

Step 1

Hit the Simulation Button. It may take around 6 or 7 Hours for this 100 Frame Simulation.

I want to share one important thing
with you. If you want to work with plugins like FumeFX or RealFlow, you’ll need a very high-end Machine because if
you are working on big scenes and you don’t have such a machine. The software
will crash every time and you won’t be able to deliver the project on time, or deliver it at all.

I’m using a Intel Core i7
– 2700K CPU @ 3.50GHz
with 16GB Ram, and it still takes 3 to 4 minutes to simulate a single frame of this cloud.

7. Adding the Background
Image

Step 1

After the simulation completes, let’s
create a background image.

Create a Plane and place it in the background. We’ll apply a cloud texture to this plane.

I’ve attached the cloud image I’m using. You can use
it, or another image of your choice. I’ve already created the scene file with the Camera
and Plane setup, so just have a
look in the project files that accompany this tutorial.:)

8. Rendering

Step 1

After the simulation is complete and the scene is setup. Go to the Render Setup by pressing F10, or by going to Rendering > Render Setup…. Render the animation as a image sequence using a HD
resolution of 1280×720.

9. Compositing

Step 1

Open After Effects and load the image sequence you rendered from 3D Studio Max. Add your real Cloud image in as the background. And then add your cloud layer (your rendered image sequence) over top. 

You can now apply a few simple effects to the cloud layer. For example:

  1. Brightness & Contrast
  2. Color Balance
  3. Sharpen

Step 2

You can also try adding an Adjustment Layer on top and applying these effects to take it further.

  1. Photo Filter
  2. Brightness & Contrast
  3. Color Balance

Conclusion

There are two ways to create such clouds. in 3D Studio max. The first is what I’ve covered here, and the second is creating small geometry setups and using multiple FumeFX containers and placing them as per your requirements.

 I did these Clouds using FumeFX, but soon I’ll be showing how to make them using Afterburn with a similar, or maybe even better output, so keep watching and good luck… keep working…

View Tutorial: Create Realistic Clouds in 3ds Max with FumeFX

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Quick Tip: How to Create an Ink Stamp Effect

In this Quick-Tip we are going to look at how to quickly create an Ink Stamp effect in After Effects from start to finish.Tutorial

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