Introduction to Trapcode in After Effects
After Effect is video editing software through which we can make a number of animation and also edit videos according to our requirement. In this software, we have different types of features which help in editing work. Trapcode is also one of them, you can understand it as an effect through which you can apply particle motion on a particular path and can make a professional animation for your project work. Here in this article, we will understand Trapcode of After Effects software and also learn how to handle parameters of Trapcode for particular animation.
How to Use Trapcode in After Effect?
We will understand Trapcode in a very simple manner but before starting it let us go through the important sections of working screen of this software so that we can better understand this software throughout this article.
Step 1: At the top of the working screen we have Menu bar and Toolbar for making our work easy in this software, below these ribbons there are three sections that are Project Panel at the left end to the working screen, at the middle there is Composition window which shows our current composition, at the right end we have parameters sections for making any composition in this software, at the bottom of the working screen we have Layer section for making changes in layers of composition and at the right end there is Timeline section for handling the parameters of any particular animation of any composition.
Step 2: Now go to the Composition menu of the Menu bar for new composition which is at the top of working screen.
Step 3: Another option through which you can take new composition, is by right clicking anywhere on the Project panel section and Choose ‘New Composition’ option from the drop down list.
Step 4: Or you can click on this icon of Project panel which is named as ‘Create a new Composition’ for new composition.
Step 5: A new Composition setting box will be open. Make your desired settings here according to you and press Ok button of this dialog box.
Step 6: Now go to the Layer section of this software which is at the bottom of the working screen and right click anywhere in this section. A drop down list will be open, go to ‘New’ option and choose ‘Solid’ option from new drop down list.
Step 7: A Solid Setting dialog box will be open. Name this solid layer as ‘Particular’ and press Ok button of this dialog box for applying the settings.
Step 8: Now go to the Effect menu of Menu bar. A drop down list will be open, go to the RG Trapcode option of this list and click on ‘Particular’ option of new drop down list.
Step 9: Trapcode Particular parameters lists will be open in Effect Control panel which is next to Project panel of this software at the left side of Composition window.
Step 10: We have a different type of parameter in this section which we can understand after practicing on it. Here i will discuss some of them. There is Emitter option which is most important parameter of Trapcode Particular feature of After Effects software.
Step 11: Let us have a look on it. Click on the small arrow icon of the Emitter option, a list of its parameters of Emitter will be opened.
Step 12: You can see the scattering of particles by playing it from the keyframe.
Step 13: The first option is Emitter Behavior. There are two main options that are ‘Continuous’ it will emit particle continuously like this.
Step 14: And second is Explode it will emit particle like this.
Step 15: You can adjust the number of particle which will emit per second. When you increase the value of this option number of particle will increase and if you decrease the number particles will be decreases.
Step 16: Type of scattering of particles will depend on this option which is Emitter Type. You can choose any one of this list. I will explain you one of them as an example of Trapcode Particular.
Step 17: So let us understand Trapcode with an example. Make right click on Layer section. A drop list will be open, go to ‘New’ option and choose ‘Lights’ option from new drop down list.
Step 18: A light setting dialog box will be open. Name this layer as ‘Emitter’ for using light Emitter and press Ok button of this dialog box.
Step 19: Light ranger will be generated on composition screen. You can adjust the size by choosing the size percentage from this list.
Step 20: Now choose ‘Light’ option in Emitter Type from the parameters of Trapcode Particular option.
Step 21: Now place play head some frame forward in the timeline section so that we can see the particles.
Step 22: Now click on Emitter layer in layer section of this software and press P button from key board for position property of Emitter. We will animate the position of emitter.
Step 23: Now place the play head of key frame at the starting point and then place the light ranger at this option by moving it with the help of its moving arrow of X and Y directions. Now add a key in position property of this emitter at this point.
Step 24: Now place the key frame head at few frames forward in key frame timeline section and then place light ranger at this option.
Step 25: Now play the animation by pressing space bar of keyboard or you can play it from the Preview tab of parameter section of this software. Your animation will look like this.
In this way you can use the Trapcode in After Effect for getting particle scattering effect in your project work.
Now after this article you can understand ‘what Trapcode it is in After Effects software’ and can also handle its different type of parameters for getting different type of result. You can understand all the type of Emitter of Trapcode in this software after practicing on this feature of After Effects software.
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