Modular Particle System

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 version Windows & MacOS now available. 

A new version of Stardust has been unleashed, offering some extremely powerful and exciting new tools.

-Render 3D Models as particle instances, using either OBJ files or various Primitives

-Image based lighting

-Physical materials

-Ambient occlusion

-Extrude Text and Masks to create 3D geometry

-GPU Powered

-Deform Models

-Workflow enhancements, Groups, Node Switches

-Searchable Presets

New Features for version 1.1.3

  • 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.

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

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Version History: - Current version  Feb 15, 2018
  • Fixes an issue where on some situations the preset window will not open
  1.1.3 - Feb 08, 2018
  • 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
1.1.2  -  Nov 14, 2017 Bug Fixes.   1.1.1  -  Nov 08, 2017 Bug Fixes.   1.1.0  -  Sep 26, 2017 New :
  • Render 3D models as particle instances.
  • Extrude and Bevel Text and Masks.
  • Create 3D primitives, choose from Cube, Sphere and more.
  • Physical Materials.
  • Ambient Occlusion.
  • Image based lighting.
  • Export Stardust Presets.
  • GPU powered.
Notable Bug Fixes :
  • Fixes an issue where the watermark reappears after restart on some machines.
  0.9.7  -   Apr 25, 2017 Bug Fixes. 0.9.6  -  Mar 07, 2017 New :
  • Source Node -  New node to create a source, e.g a layer to be used in several particle systems.
  • Replica - Added "Flow" Replica type, that creates flow looking particle replicates.
  • Reflections - Added an environment layer that can reflect off of Rectangular / Textured particles.
  • Obj Surface emitting - Emit particles from the surface of a 3D Model.
  • Textured Particle Use Alpha / Lightness , mix the colour from the particle with the alpha / lightness of the source texture.
  • Maps - Added sample quality and more control options.
  • Noise channel - Use turbulence generated noise on other nodes.
  • Helpers - Added visual cues for some nodes.
  • Presets - Added New Presets for Replica Flow, HUDs, Grid and more.
  Bug Fixes:
  • Fixed a crash related to Light emitter.
  • Fixed an issue with Air Density mixed with zero speed particles.
  • Fixed an issue with Mask / Text Layer transforms.
  • Fixed an issue with reverse time-remap on layer / comp.
  • Fixed an issue with motion blur and key-frames.
  • Fixed an issue where Line graph would not update after change.
  • Fixed an issue where wrong parameters would be displayed.
  • Cleanup param names.
      0.9.5  -  Jan 17, 2017
  • Presets - auto adjust to comp center in any resolution.
  • New Presets - Swooshes, Diagonal, Texturizer and more.
  • Clone Node, a new node for creating independent branches from any point in the flowchart.
  • Replica - new options, including Directional and Diagonal.
  • Replica - texture offset settings.
  • Light emitter -  emits evenly from multiple lights by default.
  • Nodes full name appears in the panel status bar.
  • Splines - added linear corners option.
  • Maps  - added sample time options: ‘On Birth’ / ‘Current frame’.
  • Maps - added control for rotation using source layer.
  • Maps - texture by can be assigned by lightness.
  • Stencil transfer Mode added to to the particle transfer modes.
  • Fixes an issue where duplicating nodes created unexpected results in the panel.
  • Fixes an issue where sometimes deleting nodes caused unexpected results in the panel.
  • Fixes an issue where sometimes adding nodes while the panel is closed would throw an error.
  • Fixes an issue where sometimes when stardust main effect is last in the layer's effect list, it would cause a crash.
  • Fixes an issue with Twist Free Axis.
    0.9.4  - Dec 26, 2016
  • New Presets: •    Fire And Smoke with textured particles. Emit from Text , Mask, 3D Models, Outline and Volume. (Requires Apple ProRes codec) •    HUD presets, City, Hexa, Alert and more. •    Graphic Element presets. •    Over Life presets.
  • OBJ Emitter , added subdivision option of distance.
  • Fixed an issue where on some situations a cancelled frame with textured particles would crash AE.
0.9.3  - Dec 06, 2016
  • OBJ emitter, now is up to 5 times faster with large OBJ files.
  •  Fixed an issue with non standard file and folder name Characters (i.e. non-English file paths)
  •  Fixed a caching issue when setting shading on/off.
  •  Fixed an issue when setting textured Particle layers to stretch.
  •  Fixed an issue reading OBJ normals.
  •  Fixed an issue with Shadow color sometimes not updating.
    0.9.2  -  Nov 11, 2016
  • Fixed an issue where an empty OBJ file would crash AE.
  • Fixed an issue when selecting OBJ sequence with no valid OBJ file would crash AE.
    0.9.1  -  Oct 19, 2016  
  • Fixed a bug where on some machines it would crash when applied to layer.
  • Fixed conflict with some 3rd party plug-ins.
  • Fixed installer issue with deselecting AE versions.
  • Fixed a bug where on some machines it would crash when applying a preset.
  0.9  -  Oct 24, 2016   Initial release   System Requirements : Mac OSX 10.9 and later Windows 7 and later Adobe After Effects CC 2015 and later 1 GB of RAM, 100 MB of hard drive space OpenGL 3.3 and later  

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