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Text to Sand Transition - After Effects Tutorial (No Plugins)

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This tutorial shows how to turn text to sand or dust in After Effects, and then have it blow away in the wind - all without the use of any 3rd party plugins. This sand transition effect is also one of 200 custom text styles in an After Effects template called "Creation Title Effects". Learn more at http://creationeffects.com/creation-title-effects.html. This effect can also be tweaked to make a sparks transition, fairy dust, or sand assembling to form text, all using the CC Particle Systems II effect, which comes with After Effects.
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Alex Hernandez (1 year ago)
Saved me $200 bucks from a PLUG IN!!!!! Thank God for you man!
Bread & Wine Films (5 months ago)
I second this emotion, absolutely awsome
me puedes pasar la plantilla mi hermano
Creation Effects (1 year ago)
lol, glad I can help!
Familjen Arcombe (13 days ago)
Hey, I really need help. Please look at this text effect in this YouTube intro. What is the name on it. I really love it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQOpp0V25YI&feature=youtu.be
Creation Effects (13 days ago)
There are lots of ways to get that 3D look in After Effects, but since the 3D letters start apart from each other and quickly assemble, the only effect that can do that in AE is the Shatter effect. In this template, the title named "Falling Apart" could maybe be customized to imitate that text.
Deane Gallo (17 days ago)
I'm hoping the producer of this video reads these comments. I'm with a new Marijuana company in Ma. Our theme is Egyptian and the blowing sand technique is something unique and would make our price boards truly unique using a sand wipe transition between price sign postings. Email me @Dgallo@Hekainc.com to discuss this or point us to someone who might be able to implement the concept for our use. Thanks Deane
jzilla 003 (25 days ago)
infinity war
DBfede (27 days ago)
Super cool, also it works fine in CS6
Una Neary (29 days ago)
WOW - that was an amazing tutorial. I am a complete noob to After Effects (coming from Premiere Pro and before that from Movie Maker). I tried to learn something snazzy from other AE tutorial videos on here, but i could not get anything to work. I was starting to hate After Effects and thinking how less stressful Premiere Pro is :) I followed all your steps carefully and now I see why AE is so cool. You explain everything so clearly.. Two questions: 1) can we just change the text in the text layers? OR do we have to recreate the particles again each time. to match the flow of the text?. 2) how to export to use with our Premiere Pro vid footage? Not sure the best and easiest way to do that. THANK YOU SO MUCH. Liked and subscribed.
Una Neary (18 days ago)
Thank you :)
Creation Effects (18 days ago)
Thank you, Una, I appreciate that! You should be able to edit the text and it will work the same, as long as the new text occupies roughly the same space. For exporting, you'd be better off just googling "how to export in After Effects". You'll find a lot of pages that teach how.
Abdul Roshan (1 month ago)
Great video,. Thanks..
Brett Schmitz Stream (1 month ago)
Dumb question but can you do this to people in videos like make them turn to sand?
Creation Effects (1 month ago)
Brett Schmitz Stream yes, you should be able to do it to any layer with a transparent background
Charlotte Seymour (1 month ago)
Hey, I've added CC Composite but my particles are still contained to my picture? Does the version of software matter? I'm using CS6
Creation Effects (1 month ago)
That's odd. Maybe because it's a picture and not text. You can precompose your picture, and then add the particles to the precomp layer. I think that should work.
Intuitive Visions (2 months ago)
fantastic tutorial
Doug Miles (2 months ago)
Superb tutorial! Thank you!
Paul Fisher Media (2 months ago)
Alice Malace (2 months ago)
WOW, colour blind? I guess you are used to what colours or hues they really are, I'm impressed Mr. Wiggleman.
Davi Félix (2 months ago)
Hello Friend! Man, I do everything you say and the result is completely different. When I change Physics data off particula, it takes on a comet-like shape, nothing like what you do. Maybe is it a bug in the program? Thank
Creation Effects (2 months ago)
Make sure you use CC Particle Systems II, and not CC Particle World. I don't think it's a bug, considering how many people have done this tutorial successfully. I can only recommend that you start again and copy every step. Good luck!
TPS_ Pyre (2 months ago)
How did you get that stone effect on the letters?
UPGRADE (2 months ago)
“We don’t need no stinkin plug ins!!”
Ebright Bolaji (2 months ago)
Just that I'm having a problem in downloading, I can download it but can't view it in my video list including the file manager please anyone to enlighten me please
Creation Effects (2 months ago)
It sounds like a Windows issue, which, being a Mac guy, I'm not too familiar with. As for the Title Effects template, that needs to be purchased before it can be downloaded. But you don't need it to do this tutorial.
Ebright Bolaji (2 months ago)
Even the title effect template
Ebright Bolaji (2 months ago)
I'm trying to download those tutorials but I can't found it in my playlist neither file manager
Creation Effects (2 months ago)
Hi Ebright. What are you downloading? The Title Effects template? The YouTube video? Adobe After Effects?
ScottHelp (2 months ago)
This was a very helpful tutorial thank you!
Kamal Prasad (2 months ago)
Thanks! I'm starting a new YouTube channel and when it takes off, I'll definitely purchase the full effects set to save time on future videos. Right now, I gotta put in all the hard work myself since I have practically no budget and thanks to this video, I can make my initial videos looks professional!
Creation Effects (2 months ago)
The "hard work" will grow your skills. Best of luck!
yashashwi malani (3 months ago)
Its sucha nice tutorial but when i got to doing it, it didnt work..the particles werent moving the way yours are..please help :(
Creation Effects (3 months ago)
Most people discover that it works when they try a second time. It's easy to miss one step, which can make the whole thing not work.
ukrainethe future (3 months ago)
very excellent but please what is the font name in (0:10)
HMONG Develop Channel (3 months ago)
very good i subscribe you already please subscribe me
Nathan German (3 months ago)
This is the first tutorial I have seen that actually explains what all those different settings in Particle Systems mean. Most people just say the numbers they use without really explaining what they really mean, so thank you for that explanation!
Ko Minji (3 months ago)
Directional Normalized doesn't work. It is on the 4:07 on your tutorial. Do you have any idea of the solution? Mine is like a fountain.
Ko Minji (3 months ago)
I reopen After Effects and it works. Thanks a lot. It is really really great tutorial.
Creation Effects (3 months ago)
Hi Ko. Since I haven't heard of any problem with Direction Normalized before, my only guess is that you missed one of the previous steps.
Gilang Fajar Gunawan (3 months ago)
Colour blind????? what??? amazing work dudeeee even you cant really see the colour....
Creation Effects (3 months ago)
Thanks, and yeah, it makes things difficult. I'm not completely blind to colors - just certain colors are hard to distinguish.
Alejandra Salinas (3 months ago)
The fx CC Composite didnt work for me, i dont know why, the particles are always framed :( anyone knows what can i do?
Shehab Editz (3 months ago)
good video
John Beuhler (3 months ago)
Thank you so much. You saved me $1000. Not kidding. Was quoted two $500 days for this.
Creation Effects (3 months ago)
Glad to help!
Voyce UK (3 months ago)
Thank you! Just used elements of this for a project. I'm creating a video for a building company! Thanks dude. Keep up the tutorials... voyce 🐓
Whitney Monroe (4 months ago)
I for some reason don't see particles when I add the effect to my layer. Could there be something hidden?
Creation Effects (4 months ago)
The particles take time start emitting, so be sure to go forward in time a couple seconds.
YZ212 (4 months ago)
Excellent, Thank You!
Terry Thone (4 months ago)
Love the effect and even better that no stinken plugins are needed. Thanx for explaining what the settings dol
gaurav kadam (4 months ago)
hey mere ko expression me error bata raha he wiggle error is:- after effect warning: Bad Mathod arguments wiggle() needs between 2 and 5 argument expression disable
Photozy vlogs (4 months ago)
this tutorial helped me alot thankyou soo much ✌ #photozy
Joyas del Saber (4 months ago)
Buen día, ¡se puede traducir al ¿español?
Creation Effects (4 months ago)
Sorry, I wouldn't be able to translate it since I don't speak Spanish. But I think you could just mute it and still follow along.
John Wallace (4 months ago)
i just downloaded the text & network 3d stuff i honestly didnt hear your say it was for sale until i watched this video for the 3rd time. lol
John Wallace (4 months ago)
maybe the text on your examples can tell us where to buy it an youl be showing us the product at the same time ! its like we see the examples and it Spells where to buy it... sometimes i listen to music when im working an dont play the sound on your videos!
Creation Effects (4 months ago)
Oops, I guess I should probably make it more clear next time!
96NBB (4 months ago)
Not All Heroes Wear Capes! THANKS!
Area51 Studios (5 months ago)
is there a way I can make the text reveal and then turn into to sand?
Creation Effects (5 months ago)
Yes, it's a very similar process, but you'll reverse the reveal of the "Linear Wipe" effect.
ADAM TEJU (5 months ago)
Which app they are using??
Area51 Studios (5 months ago)
Creation Effects (5 months ago)
Adobe After Effects
Maike Ferreras Batista (5 months ago)
God bless you Thanks for your contribution, greetings from the Dominican Republic
Wow ! Amazing for text to sand transition
ManiX207 (5 months ago)
yeah we color blind people do understand xD
John Johnson (5 months ago)
Not sure if it changed in an AE update or something, but I can't find the option for Source Alpha Inheritance anywhere in CC Particle World. Any suggestions?
Creation Effects (5 months ago)
They are very similar. Just a few small, essential differences that make this effect possible with Particle Systems II.
John Johnson (5 months ago)
Creation Effects Wow i absolutely cannot believe i missed that. Totally didnt realize you were using particle systems II... Hahah thanks for the quick reply, awesome tutorial.
Creation Effects (5 months ago)
Yeah, Particle World won't work. You need to use CC Particle Systems II.
Christiane Scheibe (5 months ago)
thank you very very very much! That was so helpful and easy to understand.
Slyness69 (5 months ago)
Thank you, helped me a ton :)
Ashenn Fox (5 months ago)
how can i reverse the effect?
Creation Effects (5 months ago)
Glad you got it!
Ashenn Fox (5 months ago)
Scratch that, i figured it out. thanks for the video man!
Mike Hutchinson (6 months ago)
Great tips and nice effect!
Focus Tran Hoang Huy (6 months ago)
So great tks
Kirby Hutto (6 months ago)
Is there a way to apply this same effect to a layer mask instead of text?
Creation Effects (6 months ago)
I believe it'll work. If not, you can pre-compose the layer and then it'll work.
NetPlanet Greece (6 months ago)
Amazing. Thanks!
John Piazza (6 months ago)
Hey, great tutorial, I've tried this but ran into a problem. I first made my text title in PS then imported the file into AE, however when adding the cc composite effect to solve the problem of the particles being contained in the just the PS layer it did not work. When I tried again, this time creating the title directly in AE like you did, it worked okay. Is there a different setting I should be using when importing files from PS to make this effect work correctly? I apologize if this is a question previously answered i just didn't want to read through 150 comments to get the answer. Thank you.
Creation Effects (6 months ago)
Hi John. Try precomposing the photoshop text. So put your image in a new comp that is the same size as your main comp. Drag the new comp into your main comp, and then start adding your effects to it. Good luck!
Raidencody (6 months ago)
Awesome video dude ... you're a hero. I have just one thing to critizise. I'm a starter in AE and I don't know all the shortcuts yet. So sometimes I didn't know which key you pressed for example when you added a keyframe. Maybe next time you can add a screen where we can see, which keys you're pressing.
Creation Effects (6 months ago)
Glad you liked it, and thanks for the feedback, Cody. I'll try to remember to name the shortcuts I use next time.
Andrew James (6 months ago)
you are the man!
Andrew James (6 months ago)
so helpful!
Godspd (6 months ago)
darn, got lost on the duplicate layer. you just clicked and it showed the second layer. mine doesn't for some reason.
Godspd (6 months ago)
Ok tks, lets try this again!
Creation Effects (6 months ago)
Hi. The universal shortcut to duplicate is Command- or Control-D.
Wayne Lewis (7 months ago)
Noel, you're not only extremely creative, your tutorial videos are great as well. You must have the heart of a teacher.
Creation Effects (7 months ago)
Thank, Wayne. I've been told that before. If kids didn't scare me so much, I might have gone down that road...
STORM (7 months ago)
thank you...
Creation Effects (7 months ago)
You're welcome, Storm. Hope it helps.
Christian Haywood (7 months ago)
Is there a way of doing this with a photoshop layer? As in I've created a special font in photoshop and want to make it disappear in this way
Uncle Kocar (5 months ago)
I have same problem right now, you are not the only one... Thanks for ur idea of solving :D sadly I dont know how to make a wider border :D
Christian Haywood (7 months ago)
I just gave the PSD file a wider border, whatever works eh? Great tutorial, thanks!
Creation Effects (7 months ago)
That's interesting. It worked on a PNG when I tried it. Maybe try pre-composing your PNG, then add your effects to the pre-composed layer.
Christian Haywood (7 months ago)
I've tried this with a PNG and a PSD file and the CC Composite doesn't change the boundaries of the particles, any ideas?
Creation Effects (7 months ago)
Yes, it works on any layer with a transparent background. Just export a PNG then import it in AE, or import the Photoshop file.
Coney Designs (7 months ago)
Thank you very much !! You are the best !! :)
Creation Effects (7 months ago)
Thanks Coney, hope you get some good use out of it.
NumBy (7 months ago)
How to do that linear transition reverse?
Creation Effects (7 months ago)
If I remember right, all you need to do is reverse the angle of the Linear Wipe effect.
sabo fx (7 months ago)
Thanx! This has been *one of the best tutorials* I've come across in a long time. And I've seen quite a lot ;-) The right speed, at a correct technical level. Keep it up!
sabo fx (7 months ago)
unfortunately your suggestion doesn't fly because the whole rectangular solid layer would be blocked instead of the 3d object that is displayed by the plugin. But i really appreciate the time you spent on trying to help me. I should really contact videocopilot support since element 3d is software that i actually legally purchased. That should earn me at least some level of support, i hope... Thanx again!
Creation Effects (7 months ago)
My next thought, was if you could duplicate the 3D object and precompose it, so that it would exist in your comp both as a real 3D object, and then also a flat 2D layer, which you would hide behind the 3D object. Would you be able to use it like in the foreground occlusion video then? If that's not the solution, then I'm not sure I have anything else to offer unless I looked at the project, which I unfortunately don't have the time to do. I hope you can figure out. You could certainly try to ask Andrew... I don't know if he responds to messages or not.
sabo fx (7 months ago)
Thank you for taking the time to look for a solution! I'm familiar with the video you suggested. It comes damn close to what I need. Except that the thing with the (three) foreground layers only works with 3d (rectangular) solids. It doesn't work with 3D effects effect plugins applied to 2D solids (like element 3D). The suggestion at the very end of the video, to render a matt to obscure the lens flare works perfect to obscure the flare. But that does not allow for the light/lens flare to remain visible when it moves between the front of the object and the camera. I've spend nights looking for a solution reading fora and watching countless tutorials. But all of them are only about obscuring the lens flare behind an object. Apparently no one else has come across a scene where a light should rotate around an object, where the z position of the light in relation to another object should determine whether to either display or obscure the lens flare. I apologize for bothering you with my frustrations! But when I saw your video, I thought you might have come across a something similar. Maybe I should try to reach out to Andrew Kramer himself. But he seems a bit MIA since last year :-(
Creation Effects (7 months ago)
Have you seen this video yet?  https://www.videocopilot.net/products/opticalflares/features/layer_occlusion/
sabo fx (7 months ago)
From your suggestion I can conclude that you understand the problem. But I simplified the scene in the example. Because the heart itself would also be rotating. When keyframing the brightness of the lens flare that would make the scene very inflexible. Any camera movement would require to redo the keyframes. What I am looking for is the ability to use a Z-depth map like in this example using trapcode particular: https://ibb.co/hLj1wb
mr000ok (7 months ago)
Thanks a lot for the tutorial and plugins, Question : How can i reverse the motion and let the particles trans to text ?
Creation Effects (7 months ago)
The key is in the Linear Wipe effect. You need to reverse the wipe so it reveals rather than make disappear.
Rose Cameron (7 months ago)
Can this be use on the CS5?
Creation Effects (7 months ago)
The 5 downloads is in total (regardless of computer used). Please let me know if you continue to have problems with your download.
Rose Cameron (7 months ago)
so i already had to try to download it twice because it did not finish download , i see we only have only 5 times to download is that for the same computer?
Creation Effects (7 months ago)
That one's free, so definitely check it out. It's my oldest template, so it's a little clunky, but still powerful, and gets great results.
Rose Cameron (7 months ago)
sure will, and thank you! Im also checking out the Lens Flare also
Creation Effects (7 months ago)
Great! Be sure to watch the video tutorial, and if you have any problems, let me know. :)
Octavious Thomas (7 months ago)
What program is this?
Creation Effects (7 months ago)
Adobe After Effects
Faheem Concept Artist (7 months ago)
hi you are talented can you make a tutorial on Dark souls 3 title animation.
Creation Effects (7 months ago)
I'll tell you what... if you purchase the template, and are able to make the Dark Souls 3 Title Animation, I'll give you the template for free (via refund).
AzovPort (8 months ago)
Super! ++++++
Helena Braun (8 months ago)
Excellent tutorial, thanks!
Sanjay Kushwaha (8 months ago)
Kourtney Cassanova (8 months ago)
This tutorial was amazing! I wanted to know how can I make it do the opposite so the text doesn’t disappear?
Creation Effects (8 months ago)
Sorry for the late reply. To reverse the reveal, you'll need edit the "Linear Wipe" effect.
Hello World (8 months ago)
really great tutorial. thnx for that. on my side it worked well with text. I followed your recommendation and try it with my logo (png inkl. Alpha Channel) too. But it did not work. CC Composit running in the old problem with the cut off. Do you know the problem with png-file and CC Composit and is there a way around? I am working with After Effects CC 2017 thnx for helping & best regards from Germany
Hello World (8 months ago)
great stuff. thnx from germany
Maya Weksler (8 months ago)
great tutorial! thank you! that just awesome and the outcome - excellent.
Queenbea8 Production (8 months ago)
jack back (9 months ago)
Awesome video buddy
Jonathan Miller (9 months ago)
your a beast bro! thanks! but near the end, you said we will close that pre comp that opened up... I closed it aright I closed the wrong thing and lost it all
Creation Effects (9 months ago)
yikes, sorry! It happens to us all.
KIT mitK (9 months ago)
when I use it at a ai-footage, the footage dissappears after cc composite. what did i do wrong? And great tutorial! Thanks!
Creation Effects (9 months ago)
I'm not sure what you mean. Are you saying you imported an Adobe Illustrator file? You might have better luck if you export your text/image from Illustrator as a PNG file, then bring that into AE.
Darash Vishwakarma (9 months ago)
Great sir thanks
jack yo (9 months ago)
Hey man im not sure why I added particle system 2 effect but nothing happened. Please help me!
OtterPops (2 months ago)
I believe you're right. This doesn't work for me with a PNG (with alpha).
Marcell Szűcs (2 months ago)
Maybe your logo/text is not actual text but an image?
Bethan Wright (4 months ago)
and me !
Lady FanzyPants (8 months ago)
Same happened to me! :o
DallasLights (9 months ago)
Jackyo - try dragging the time indicator (the cursor that goes back and forth on your timeline) to about 1 or 2 seconds in and see if it appears.
Mian Lon (9 months ago)
Hi, thank you for the tutorial it was great, but instead of text i tried it on video (image sequence) and the "cc composite" doesnt seem to be working, does it only work on texts?
Creation Effects (9 months ago)
Hmm, yes that's possible. You might need to adjust the dimensions of your image in Photoshop, to match your comp in AE. Make sure the image is a PNG with a transparent background.
vampenry (9 months ago)
Thank you!
crusher1980 (9 months ago)
Nice thanks alot for this free tutorial.
Probus Realtors (9 months ago)
font name
Creation Effects (9 months ago)
Looks like Dear Joe
Wilburgur (9 months ago)
Awesome video. Really helped me on my introduction to AE. Thanks!!!
S. J (9 months ago)
you have a code for % off
Thank You o/ https://youtu.be/qyvHUiEwKsY
Mart Music (10 months ago)
Thanks lord Baelish (Littlefinger), great tutoriales, indeed!
ChilliParker (10 months ago)
Thank you so much great tutorial gotta hate them plugins
Veronique Renault (10 months ago)
Merci beaucoup ! C'est vraiment très joli ! J'ai bien réussi l'effet !
Mes Vidéos (10 months ago)
The sound of your intro is just amazing! How did you get that? Great tut's by the way 👍
Creation Effects (10 months ago)
It's actually just stock music I bought. I sped up my intro because I felt like it was too long, which made the music sound high-pitched. I agree, I like it better this way.
Shira Service (10 months ago)
Maybe you can do another tut expanding on the salad color (14:08) thanks for the helpful tutorial ! I am putting it to good use.
Mayu yu (10 months ago)
This video have plugin trapcode or no ?
Mayu yu (10 months ago)
Oke thanks you for information
Creation Effects (10 months ago)
No, Trapcode was not used for this. This was made entirely in After Effects (no plugins).
Hilary Tsai (10 months ago)
Can you do the opposite way too? From sand to logo/text rather than having it blow away?
Creation Effects (10 months ago)
Yes, you can just just animate the Linear Wipe effect to hide the text instead of reveal it
ehabfatah (10 months ago)
Wow .... this is the "absolute perfect".......... thank you, it's useful lecture
Kelsey J. (10 months ago)
glad we don't need no stinking plugins
Kelsey J. (10 months ago)
Thank you so much for your help! :)
Christina Nicci (10 months ago)
Awesome thank you!
Qxilv (10 months ago)
thanx a lot man that really helpful :)
Michael Lehr (10 months ago)
Just wanted to say that your step-by-step process and clear explanations of not only what, but how, everything takes place is incredibly informative and very, very easy to follow. Thank you for your hard work and expertise!
Creation Effects (10 months ago)
Thanks, Michael!
Nikunj Majithia (10 months ago)
Sorry is the emitter the producer
Nikunj Majithia (10 months ago)
Creation Effects (10 months ago)
Yes, I forget which word "Particle Systems II" uses, but they're the same.
Nikunj Majithia (10 months ago)
sorry a bit confused on inherit velocity is velocity the speed it burst of and inherit velocity is how far the speed the particles travel, i know it inherits the speed of producer but shouldn't velocity be kind of linked to inherit velocity as they are working differently can you elaborate on inherit velocity please sorry if this annoys you tough
Nikunj Majithia (10 months ago)
Creation Effects (10 months ago)
I  don't believe they are linked. I think velocity is how fast the particles explode from the emitter, and inherit velocity adds speed and direction based on the movement of the emitter.

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