Particle Playground: Ice

Particle Playground: Ice

Posted on 25. Nov, 2007 by in After Effects

Christmas are coming so it’s about time I show you how to create nice snow that will stick to the layers that you have in your composition.


While shooting footage for this tutorial Georges butt almost fell of because of the very low temperature. But hey… we’ll do anything for all of you boys and girls watching ours tutorials. Thankfully after drinking 10 cups of hot tea Tea Cups With Lids Amber Rings Wholesale Tea Trays Toddler Sleeping Bags everything was back to normal.

In this experiment George and I will show you how you can create a snow falling from the sky. And if that wasn’t enough we are going to show you how to make the snow stick to the rooftops, cars standing on the streets, logos, or even actors in your footage.

And we even have a small challenge for you. After watching this tutorial try to create a custom shaped snowflake particle, or even few snowflake shapes.

Make sure to see the related tutorial: Particle Playground on Fire

Download: Tutorial project file (After Effects CS3)

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26 Responses to “Particle Playground: Ice”

  1. fReezEr.

    25. Nov, 2007

    Very nice Tut. Respect my friend ;)

  2. Tielman

    26. Nov, 2007

    Excellent tut. Funny i was just thinking on doing such thing, but didnt know how. Your telephatic also or what?:)
    Great!!

  3. Umair

    26. Nov, 2007

    Hey guys nice job buddy really really cooooolllllll!!!!!! ;)

  4. Kopiart

    26. Nov, 2007

    I wonder if you came up with it just for Christmas or you needed that in your Bruteforce project?

  5. Daum

    28. Nov, 2007

    Really nice tut. The same stuff in realtime (if you have a webcam):
    http://gskinner.com/blog/archives/2005/08/flash_8_webcam.html

    Cheers !

  6. Maltaannon

    28. Nov, 2007

    Actually… I’m a flash developer also, and I used to do things like that when I was playing around, and the ideas for Particle Playground on Fire and Particle Playground on Ice came from my very old experiments, just like one of my first tutorials – Oily Stratum, that was also inspired by flash.

  7. Jenny

    05. Dec, 2007

    Hey Maltaannon,
    Thanks for everything. I like how in most of these tutorials, and I mean tutorials in general off of creative cow and what not, the creators always seem to think they are comedians.
    what wit, I do prefer one liners so if you watch some Mitch Hedberg it will save time on the witty banter that I do so much enjoy.

  8. Leo

    05. Dec, 2007

    Some people should shut the f*** up…

    Thanks for your work! keep it up! I really enjoy your tutorials, thay crack me up. I’ve learned a lot with them.

    Take care.

    PS-“Jealousy is an awkward homage which inferiority renders to merit.” (Mme. de Puixieux)

  9. Stefan

    07. Dec, 2007

    AWESOME MAN I LOVE YOUR TUTORIALS YOU`RE GREAT! Also i hope that you will make some tutorials for advanced techniques for trapcode particular or trapcode FORM =] Keep up the good work!

  10. Psalmuel Leye

    11. Dec, 2007

    Hey Maltaannon
    My name is Psalmuel Leye, i live in Nigeria and im feelin ur snow over here.
    i think ill do my own snow to cos we dont see snow here in Nigeria.
    Anyway, Thanks for ur work. i hope one day u will put all these great tutorials in a CD so i can buy all the copy.
    Keep the snow fallin

  11. Maltaannon

    11. Dec, 2007

    Sounds like a good idea! Thanks Psalmuel.

  12. Bob

    28. Feb, 2008

    Hi Maltaannon !
    I’ve just found your site ( clicked on a link on VCP )
    And i’ve downloaded all of your tutorials :D
    This is the first i watched and i’m very impressed..(i love them :) )
    I’m curious for your other and upcoming tutorials ;)
    I will let you know what i find of them
    A lot of greetings from Holland and keep up the good work, respect

  13. Bob

    28. Feb, 2008

    By the way, i think George is a really good actor too, haha !

  14. Bjoe

    05. Jun, 2008

    hey this is great dude…
    this is what I’m looking for a longlong time ago…

  15. CHANDAN

    10. Jul, 2008

    i m so happy with u r site.BAssycally i m student of multimedia from PTU Univercity (INDIA) last sem.pls give more information this softwere & all other new softwere.
    Thakx & Hopefull
    CHANDAN DRAVID

  16. Shavkat

    26. Jul, 2008

    ooooo thise is great tut man. good job thise is realy amazing. and maltaannon please help me about “CC effects” please. Thanks I will wait you

  17. CristalCube

    11. Aug, 2008

    Pretty cool experiment!!

    Thanks George!!

    Greetings. CC³.

  18. Latoywri

    14. Sep, 2008

    OMG….you are Hilarious…just like the guy from VCP. ^///^

  19. Tom

    23. Jan, 2009

    Czesc. Its the best Tutorials that I ever seen. Cause you record them ,so its easy to leran it step for step! But for beginners it would be good to know thekey- shortcuts that you use, cause sometimes its hard to understand. Keep up the good work!

  20. udin

    19. Feb, 2009

    Hi George, very great tutorial, , but i have little question, how can i make the turbulence field in particle playground(i not have particular), like particular turbulence field, i made circle line stroke with many particle apply to it, with no velocity n the gravity, like vcp new tutorial, sorry for my bad English language

    many thanks keep rock hahaha

  21. Rovert Scott

    10. Mar, 2009

    I followed your tutorial step by step, but for some reason the snow does not fall, it just spawns randomly on the screen, and does not move. I only seem to have this problem when I apply the X and Y speed to Red and Green. I’m doing this on an NTSC based machine, if it helps.

  22. Maltaannon

    10. Mar, 2009

    Really hard to say, NTSC has nothing to do with it. My guess is that somehow you missed something. Find me on Skype. If I’ll find some time we’ll work on it.

  23. Павел

    22. Dec, 2009

    Отличная статья. Краткость явно сестра автора ;)

  24. ubuntu

    30. May, 2010

    good! but no so good

  25. Baboo

    14. Mar, 2011

    nice work Excellent, Fantastic. Mind Blasting.

  26. axoduss

    06. Feb, 2012

    is it possible to do the same with trapcode particular?