Creating Melting Paint Drips With X-Particles in Cinema 4D

September 22, 2015

In this tutorial, I take my first deep dive into X-Particles 3 to show you how to create melting, plasticine paint drips in Cinema 4D!  If you don’t know about X-Particles, you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years!  It’s a pretty amazing plug-in that makes creating and manipulating particles super easy.  It was built with the intuitiveness of Cinema 4D’s Mograph Module so it’s got a pretty low learning curve.  First, I’ll start out by introducing the X-Particles Emitter, move onto covering a few particle modifiers and what they do.  Then, we’ll discover the really fun Skinner object and we’ll finish up by applying a bit of fluid simulation forces to our particles by using the XP Fluids engine.  If you have any questions, be sure to hit me in the comments below!  Have fun and if you make something with this technique, be sure to share it!  Enjoy!


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  • Hello ,

    Please Make Tutorail , How To Make Same This Peacture ,

    Thank You ,

  • Great Tutorial!

    I didn’t get far enough to implement the dripping effect, but I think thats actually quite nice:

  • Is there any possible way you guys can make a tutorial on this unique deconstruction which start at 1:15 of this video:

  • I looked into this a while ago after watching the daredevil titles to see if i could recreate pain dripping effect. X-particles is not quite the fluid system Realflow is but it’s outstanding for a lot of standard projects.
    Anyway here’s what i came up with


  • I hate how you never start your tutorials from scratch.

    • Jesse, come on, you know my style by now bud! 🙂 I go over techniques! No one wants to sit through all the easy stuff just to get to the X-Particles part which is what I’m trying to teach. If you don’t know how to create splines and use a SplineWrap to make the loopy text then check out tutorials how to do that. You can use a sphere or any piece of geometry for this technique.

  • To be honest, besides the beautiful texture, this doesn’t look that great. It just doesn’t resemble dripping paint.

    • Hey, i’ll take the texture compliment! 🙂 XP’s fluid system is fairly limited, for sure but I gave it a shot. I’m going to keep playing with this workflow and see how far I can push it and I encourage you to do the same! Let’s do it!

  • Nice Tutorial

    I just recently got X-particles, and I have been messing around with it a lot. I have been having some issues trying to make fluids fall. So for instance having a glass of milk or water be poured out onto a service. I can get the particles to act the way I want but when I apply the skinner I can not get the results im looking for. A tutorial on that would be awesome.

  • Where is the crayon material your using in this video? You said in Text Edge Pro. Can’t find it!

  • Thanks for the great tutorial! Ignore the lamos on here.

  • Can’t wait to see more x-particles 3 tutorials!!
    please give us more

  • Awesome tutorial, thanks for sharing it!

  • Hi, I tried the thing and everything works except when I render it to the picture viewer nothing appears.. can u please help me with this!
    I have cinema 4d r17
    and x-particles 2.1

  • Epic tutorial!

    Do you think that these painting-letter-explosions can be created as you showed?



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