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After Effects Tutorial: Creating Realistic Snow

Kevin Gater

Learn how to create realistic snow using Trapcode Particular in this Adobe After Effects video tutorial.

Finally – a video tutorial for creating REALISTIC snow in After Effects! In this exclusive tutorial we use Trapcode Particular, a powerful particle simulator, to create a flurry of snow:Snow Preview The technique is relatively simple and requires only a single solid layer and a camera. By manipulating some of the parameters in Trapcode you can begin to simulate real-world particle dynamics. The tutorial covers:

  • Creating Snow
  • Manipulating Wind
  • Forcing Motion Blur
  • Adding Depth of Field

This serves as a MUCH needed improvement over the CC Snow effect because of the customizable nature of Trapcode Particular. If you’re new to After Effects or don’t already own Trapcode Particular I highly recommend downloading a free trial from Red Giant’s website. If you want to check out more inspiring After Effects tutorials check out the After Effects section of the PremiumBeat blog. There you’ll find dozens of PremiumBeat exclusive tutorials and articles dedicated to helping you become a better motion designer. Know of any other ways to creative believable snow in After Effects? Share in the comments below.