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Stardust New Version

April 26, 2018

A new version of Stardust – a modular particle system for Adobe After Effects, has been released.

3D models can now cast shadows on other models. Additive render mode for 3D models. Environment lighting can be affected by the lights and shadows in the scene.

Simplified work with 3D models, click and drag a Model Node to add a 3D model to your comp in seconds. With a click of a button create a controlling 3D Null, automatically attached to a model.

Easily create video walls with multiple source videos using the new ‘Layer set’ in the Source Node.

 

All this adds to the already powerful particle system that ranges from the simplest 2D setups to complex particles systems that combines 2D and 3D particles in one tool, in a shared 3D space.

This is a free update to all current customers

New Features:

  • New features to the 3D render engine, Shadows , Additive 3D Models, Environment shading, and more.
  • Simplified work with 3D models, add a 3D model to your comp in seconds.
  • Workflow improvements, Multiple video sources, new graph modes.
  • More control over particles with Orient over path and more.

 

In Depth:

  • 3D Shadow to models
  • Additive transparent Materials
  • New Graph mode – Hold
  • Easily create video walls with Multiple source videos using the new ‘Layer set’ in the source node
  • Environment shadows  – lights affect the Image Based lighting environment
  • Presets can save and load render settings such as environment and motion blur.
  • Model workflow simplified, just add a model node to add a single instance.
  • Model animation simplified, create and parent a model to a 3D null in one click.
  • Motion node – added the option to Orient to path.
  • Presets – save tags and render settings.
  • Misc Bug fixes.

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Stardust Tutorial

April 25, 2018

friedpixels aka James Ramirez covers some workflow basics on how to use Stardust in After Effects to create user interfaces.

Author Notes

In this video we take a look at creating UI animations inside of After Effects with Stardust. Covering the basics from workflows that i’ve used in production and in experiments. From start to finish we take a look at the finished product and go step by step.

 

Stardust – New Version

February 8, 2018

A new version of Stardust – a modular particle system for adobe after effects, has been released.

Stardust’s already innovative user interface has been boosted with some new workflow tools. Nodes can now be arranged in groups , Panel effect can be hidden to minimize clutter, and all that can be controlled by easy to access switches.

3D object can now be manipulated using deformers ranging from a simple bend and twist to creating terrains.

Extrusion of masks and texts was reworked to be cleaner and faster.

Presets can now be searched using any keyword or phrase as well as browsed.

All this adds to the already powerful particle system that ranges from the simplest 2D setups to complex particles systems that combines 2D and 3D particles in one tool, in a shared 3D space.

This is a free update to all current customers

 

 

 

 

New Features :

 

  • Deform Node – Deform 3D Models, Apply Turbulence Noise, Bend, Twist, Stretch, Displacement Maps to 3D models.
  • Group Node – Collect nodes on the panel in groups.
  • Smart Shy – Hide nodes in the Effect Control Window to reduce clutter, and have them automatically show when clicked on in the panel.
  • Switches – Fast access for Shy, Solo, Locate, Helpers and more.
  • Searchable Presets – Easily find a complete setup, or a starting point.
  • Text and Mask Extrude – Faster and Better Extrude, with new presets to start from.
  • Stardust Studio Cam – A special camera to examine a single 3D model, for easier texturing and deforming.
  • New Presets – Fireworks, Extrude Text and more.

 

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In Depth :

  • Deform Node – 3D models
    • Turbulence
    • Bend , Twist, Stretch
    • Sphere
    • Maps
  • Switches – Toggle the buttons on the effects, or from the new Contextual menu (right click) on the panel
    • Visibility – Enable or disable nodes
    • Solo – Enable only solo nodes
    • Shy – Hide Effects from the Effect Control Window, and automatically show when selected on the panel
    • Helpers – Render Stardust Helpers for specific nodes
    • Locate – Locate the Node on the panel
    • Master Switches – Switches on main effect control overall solo, shy and helpers behavior. Additional motion blur switch for quick access
  • Presets Search – Search the Stardust preset library using any keyword or phrase for quick access.
  • Group Node – Collapse and uncollapse the groups in the panel to reduce clutter or expose content.
  • Bevel – Faster and Better 3D Text and Mask Extrude
  • Lock / Unlock Stardust panel to show the selected Stardust Layer
  • Random Texture on 3D particles – Apply a random texture per 3D model.
  • Sphere UV texture mapping
  • OBJ Emitter – New options to Loop, Delay, Flip and more.
  • Maps – New option to offset the map.
  • Bug Fixes

 

Fire And Smoke Tutorial

January 11, 2018

Lendon Bracewell from Visionary Fire shows how to create Fire And Smoke using Stardust Mask Emitter, Turbulence and Force nodes.

You Can Download The Project File From The Tutorials Page

Stardust is a Modular 3D particle system for Adobe After Effects

 

 

3D Models Tutorial

December 10, 2017

Roland Hartmann of graphicinmotion.com shows how to create and use 3D model particles using Stardust.

This tutorial covers many features such as using the new Model and Material nodes , Importing OBJ and MTL files, Applying materials, Adding Environment, Ambient Occlusion and more.

Stardust is a Modular 3D particle system for Adobe After Effects

Happy Holidays Tutorial

November 4, 2017

Roland Hartmann of graphicinmotion.com shows how to create and use 3D particles using Stardust.
This tutorial covers many features such as using the new Model and Material nodes , Creating Primitives, Extruding Masks, Adding Environment, Ambient Occlusion and more.

Stardust is a Modular 3D particle system for Adobe After Effects

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Stardust – New Version Available Now

October 31, 2017

A new version of Stardust is available now to download.

An early adopters version for MacOS and Windows is available now.

The new version offering some extremely powerful and exciting new tools.

It is a free update to all current customers.

 

New Stardust Tutorial Coming Soon

 

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Stardust is a Modular 3D particle system for After Effects. It has an easy to use node based user interface and ships with a host of presets to create stunning effects.

Stardust – New Version Available Now

October 19, 2017

A new version of Stardust is available now to download.

An early adopters version for MacOS and Windows is available now.

The new version offering some extremely powerful and exciting new tools.

It is a free update to all current customers.

Some of the new features:

-Render 3D Models from OBJ files and create Primitives as particle instances

-Image based lighting

-Physical materials

-Ambient occlusion

-Extrude Text and Masks to create 3D models

-GPU Powered

-Workflow enhancements

These new features combined with the already powerful toolset will allow some totally awesome new possibilities!

Stardust is a Modular 3D particle system for After Effects. It has an easy to use node based user interface and ships with a host of presets to create stunning effects.

 

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Stardust – New Version

October 6, 2017

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Stardust – New Version

September 27, 2017

A new version of Stardust is available now to download.

An early adopters version for OS X is available now , A Windows version will follow in October.

The new version offering some extremely powerful and exciting new tools.

It is a free update to all current customers.

Some of the new features:

-Render 3D Models from OBJ files and create Primitives as particle instances

-Image based lighting

-Physical materials

-Ambient occlusion

-Extrude Text and Masks to create 3D models

-GPU Powered

-Workflow enhancements

These new features combined with the already powerful toolset will allow some totally awesome new possibilities!

 

Stardust is a Modular 3D particle system for After Effects. It has an easy to use node based user interface and ships with a host of presets to create stunning effects.

 

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