New Trapcode Particular Preset: “Sparkler” – Including Motion Sketch Tutorial

October 8, 2010

Click Here to Get This Preset and More For Free!

I made a new Preset for Trapcode Particular. It’s based off of images of writing your name with a sparkler. You can download it for free and see the example below. In this tutorial, I wanted to show you how you can write YOUR name with the preset using After Effects and Motion Sketch. By the way, If you don’t own Particular, what the heck are you doing with your life? Go Get it!!!


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  • first πŸ™‚

    Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa Thanks nick πŸ˜€

  • Wow this is real cool … Thanks Nick

  • …OMG.. what am i doing with my life!??

  • zomg! so awsome. thank you!

  • I tried to sign up at the Red Giant site but it just ain’t happening. It keeps saying “validiation code don’t match” and seems to think my name is not my name. Looks like it was programmed by a guy in the former USSR on an Atari.

    Other than that the tutorial was cool!

  • Awesome!

    Though, truth be told, I was kind-of hoping you’d explain how you made it instead of simply releasing it into the wild.

    Ah well — makes us all the more eager to reverse-engineer it, I suppose!

  • awesome preset! does anyone know when trapcode/red giant had their big sale and if they’ll do it again? can’t remember when it was, but i thought they offered 40% off some time ago… any who, i’d love to get the bundle for my company! thanks-

  • just in time for bonfire night over here in the UK, good move!

  • Nice one, Nick, love your tuts. It just got me wondering how to use motion sketch to do something like that except instead of an emitter animate something like a stroke. Any tip?

  • Love it, can’t wait to try it out, thanks Nick. πŸ˜›

  • awesomeeeee…..

  • Finally some after effects stuff again! πŸ˜€

    I know c4d is awesome and all and I still watch all your tutorials but for us non c4d users it’s nice to see some ae again.

  • Hey Nick, awesome stuff!!

    Regarding the mismatch between path and particles – you forgot to switch the null to 3D before linking it. When a 2D position is linked to a 3D position, the last coordinate – Y – gets repeated as Z. That is why the path does not exactly match the particle path.

  • Red Giant site has not sent me the β€œvalidiation code”. I’ve created another account and happened the same problem. :/

  • same here… tried three different email addresses no response back from the website… CAN’T REGISTER…

    • This is because red giants online presence is ran by the most incompetent idiots I’ve ever seen. Their mail server is not working, making it so the automated messages never get sent out. I found this out of course after messing with their signup form written by a 5 year old with the worst captcha implementation I’ve ever seen for 20 minutes. To top it off, nowhere on that site, or even red giants main site, is there a contact email for site issues, only an even worse coded ticket system for their software that doesn’t get answered on weekends. Great job red giant!

  • Nick, I can’t sign up on this web site, to download your plug in.It doesn’t send me email notification with installation,I guess this site doesn’t work properly.Is there any other way to download it?Thanks

    • Nick a lot of problem with when do you register there? last year?
      we can’t register and we don’t know how to contact, may be we cast a pigeon?

  • Awesome!
    im a chinese guy, i have a question between cinema4d and realflow i tried put realflow particles into cinema4d then use cloner object give the particles mulshape but question is when animate the frames is flash
    my english is poor i wished you could read

  • cool, but why do you always sound like your choking in your own saliva.

  • Hey Nick, very nice preset. It would be even better if the sparks continue moving after being layed out. Would that be possible?

  • Hey Nick,
    Alot of us are having problems getting the preset from the red giant site…. could you put a link to the zipped preset on this posting? Many thanks for all the education and training.

  • Hey Nick! Thanks for all you do!
    Is there another way to download this preset? I don’t seem to have much luck on the Trapcode site.

  • Wow, that looks great!

  • yet another gorilla fan, unable to sign up on the redgiantpeople site to d/l the preset. 3 different email addresses, no email for authorization code.

  • It’s now Tuesday, and RedGiant still haven’t solved the problem about registering at the site…..nice service…NOT

  • Hi All,
    sorry but doesn’t allow to register user :-(( i can’t download the preset, please someone can tell me how to do?

  • Hey, Red Giant People never send an activation code to complete registration.. I’ve tried with all 3 of my emails (2 business, and 1 personal).. I’ve even waited a week because I thought it was just because your blog post maybe caused an influx of new users.. Nope.

    And there’s no way to message the site to notify them of this dilemma.

    Any chance you can host the preset on your site/blog? Pretty please?

  • Hashem Ali Hussain October 12, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    thanks nick

  • Very nice !!!

    But I don’t have CS5.
    The preset doesn’t work on CS4.
    Could you make one for CS4


    • Yeah, I’d appreciate if this could be made available in CS4/CS3 as well. Or maybe a tutorial going through the settings and expressions used. Looks great!

  • glad to see i’m not the only one. thought it was a columbus day hangover.

    nick i agree that a temp zip on this post to the preset would be much, much obliged – i’ve got a feeling all of us who weren’t members before this tut cannont sign up @redgiant


    • kudos to red giant; it is indeed back in biz. fear not – it took 5 minutes for the activation e-mail to get to me this time but it did get to me!

      wouldn’t have mattered how many leaks the nick campbell’s gave a decade ago – the tech wasn’t there. is now, and it’s appreciated!

  • Hey Nick, very awesome!
    Is there another way to download this preset? I don’t seem to have much luck on the Trapcode site. Try 2 login for 5 days without luck!

  • I’ve been in touch with Red Giant, via live chat. Here’s what they say:

    “it seems like we are continually having an issue with our activation email. I’m going to let the correct people know and then contact you once the issue is resolved

    it may take a few days

    I’m sorry about this issue

    I’ll add you to our list so you can be notified”

    So I suggest you go to Red Giant’s webpage and either hop on live chat to get this sorted, and to let them know it’s not a one-case report, or fill out a support ticket to get your activation sorted out.

  • registration finally works!

  • LOL I say Way-com all the time.

  • Please I need that preset for cs4, Thanks Gorilla.

  • doesnt work for cs4 after effects

  • It’s a free preset for particular 2.5?

  • very cool …

    thankx nick ..

  • is there no possibility to download the plugin particular?

  • I have AE CS5 and I have Particular.

    When I open Nick’s preset, I get an error saying 5 effects are missing…

    Any suggestions?


  • Definitely consider that which you said. Your favorite justification appeared to be at the net the easiest thing to consider of. I say to you, I certainly get irked even as folks consider issues that they just don’t recognise about. You controlled to hit the nail upon the highest and defined out the whole thing without having side effect , folks can take a signal. Will probably be again to get more. Thank you

  • i like the tutorial because its to the point and doesnt take forever πŸ™‚ nicce!

  • Brilliant effect. Augmented it by using paths imported from Illustrator and also added ‘popping’ sparks created in Particle Flow. As far as I am aware Particuar doesn’t have the ability to ‘spawn’ particles from existing particles – big shame that. I got round it by using Particle Flow, creating my exploding sparks in that and then animating the PF Emmitter along a copy of the path I am using in After Effects. I rendered out the exploding sparks and overlayed the footage onto the particle flow effect in After Effects and now I get that really ‘poppy’ & crackly’ look.

    One minor issue I have that I can’t seem to get round, however, is the ‘StillSparks’. They grow and keep growing throughout my animation. I cannot see a way of making them grow to full size over a short period and then staying there happily for the rest of the animation. It seems like the lifespan of the particle is the only option you have?

    If anyone does hve any ideas please let me know.

    Other than that, a top example of a nice effect Nick.

  • is there a file for after effects cs4? (@______@)

  • I’m a new user of AE, exploring something new every day and then, I discovered there are presets πŸ˜€ Lovely one this is! Thank you you!

  • Hi, I have a question about the sparkler preset and was wondering if you could help me out please?
    I’m trying to get it to work in a 1080p comp.
    I can’t seem to find any way to scale it up and still get the effect to track a path.
    It seems to be skewing off the path after I’ve enlarged the 720 comp to fit.
    I’ve tried using it un-enlarged (ie bringing it into my 1080 comp at its original 720 size) and although it tracks a path OK I can only see the 720 window within my 1080 comp.
    When the path goes outside that window the effect does not work – it just stops (ie turns invisible) at the edge of the 720 window.
    Any idea of how I might get this preset to function properly at 1080?

  • Just found out that Motion Sketch is broken in After Effects CS6 under Mac OS 10.9 but works in After Effects CC

  • I have recently started a web site, the info you provide on this site has helped me greatly. Thank you for all of your time &amp work. There can be no real freedom without the freedom to fail. by Erich Fromm. abeebedcccce

  • Hi Nick, wonder you do a similar tutorial in c4D with Thinking Particles.

  • The problem I have is when I try to use the Motion Sketch to trace a log below, as soon as I start to draw the screen goes black so I cannot see the logo to draw on it – help please!



  • Can I download this from anywhere else as the link doesn’t work

  • Bump on Charlene’s question. Trying to get hold of this for a project and the Red Giant People doesn’t seem to be there anymore.


  • Hi Nick,

    Would you please let us know where we can download this preset?


  • Hey, wanted to know where I could get this preset if its still available

  • Redgiant people is no longer. Is there another link you could post?

  • Is there a tutorial one can do without paying $400 for the particle plug-in? because wow.

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