Painterly Particular

I stumbled on this "painterly" effect while working on making fractal field visualizations with Trapcode Particular. I was using a quite large and dense Grid emitter, and tracing the particles' motion in the field by emitting aux particles:

I wanted to see how it would look with some colours and changed the Grid emitter into a Layer Grid emitter and placed a photo as source texture for the emitter. Here are two before/after for the effect:

There are no post effects added here, the pattern that reminds of a canvas is actually from the grid emitter. At first the particles are unaffected by the field, due to Turbulence>Fade In Time, and as time progresses they get more and more affected, leaving the aux trail all the way back to the original grid.

Here's what the build-up sequence looks like:

Download the After Effects project file and try it with your own images! Painterly.aep

By further boosting contrast (Brightness & Contrast effect) and adding Sharpen and Color Emboss the image looks even more like an oil painting on canvas:

NEW! Project file with emboss: painterly_emboss.aep (CS6)

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Reader Comments (2)

I saw your post on twitter. Impressive stuff! Great to see some of my favorite tools put to unexpected use.

January 31, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTyson

hi Peder - interesting look, this has!
checking the ae file you generously provided;
I'm a newbe to Particular - how can i extend
the render length in that project (only renders
ca 5 sec. or am i missing something ;- )

thank you!

May 22, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermichael

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