Create a Simple Fireworks Animation in After Effects


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If you are looking to create a simple fireworks animation then this tutorial would be the best for you. In this tutorial, you will learn to create a simple fireworks animation in Adobe After Effects without using any third-party plugins. I made this tutorial easy and step-by-step for beginners. For better results, I recommend you watch this video till the end.

Let’s get started.

Step 1: Open Adobe After Effects then Create a New Composition. Rename it to Trail or whatever name you like. Set the Resolutions to 300×1080 pixels, 30 frames per second, and set the duration to 2 Seconds.

Step 2: Go to the Layer Menu > New > Select the Solid. Rename it to Trail.

Step 3: Go to the Effects & Presets, and search the Effect CC Particle System II. Then Drag and drop to the Solid layer.

Step 4: Go to the Layer Menu > New > Select the Null Object. Keep the Null Object layer selected and Hit P Key on the keyboard to open Position Properties. Then Go to the Trail Layer properties > Effects > CC Particle System II > Producer Hold the ALT Key on the Keyboard and click the Position Stopwatch icon to add an expression. Then drag the Pick Whip to the Null Object Properties.

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Step 5: Make sure you are at the first frame. Then Add a Keyframe on the Null Object position. Drag the Null Object to the bottom side. Go to about 1 second on a timeline, and drag the Null Object to the top side.

Step 6: Again go to the first frame and select the Trail Solid layer. Add a keyframe on the Birth rate and change the value to 4. Go to about 1 second on a timeline then change the birth rate value to 3.3. Then move one frame forward, and change the Birth rate value back to 0.

Here are more settings:
Change the Longevity to 0.5. Producer: Radius X: 0.3, Radius Y: 0.3. Go the Physics and change the velocity to 0.05. Inherit Velocity to 10. Gravity to 0.3. Particles: Change the particle birth color to white, and change the death color to orange (#FF9100). Change the Max Opacity to 20%.

Step 7: Create a New Composition, and rename it to Fireworks. Set the resolutions to 1920×1080 Pixels, the frame rate to 30 frames per second, and set the duration to 10 seconds.

Step 8: Go to the Layer Menu > New > Select the Solid. Rename it to Fireworks. Go to Effects & Presets and search the Effect CC Particle System II. Drag and drop to the Solid layer.

Step 9: Make sure you are at the first frame, then go to Effect controls and add a keyframe on Birth Rate then change the value to 25. Go to about 15 frames forward, then change the birth rate to 0.

More settings: Change the longevity to 3. Physics: Change the velocity to 0.8, and Inherit velocity to 300. Resistance to 30. Particles: Change the particle type to Motion Polygon. Set the birth rate to 1, Death size to 0.50. Change the Opacity map to Fade in and Out. Change the birth color to Yellow #FFC600. Death color to dark yellow #7D1600.

Step 10: Go to Effects & Presets, and search for the effect glow. Drag and drop to the solid layer. Change the glow threshold to 3.0%, and change the glow radius to 15.

Step 11: Select the Glow effect, and make it duplicate.

Step 12: Select the CC Particle System II Effect and move the small circle to the top side.

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Step 13: Select the Fireworks and Trail composition. Go to the Composition Menu and choose to Add to render queue. Click the lossless and choose QuickTime. Go to the Channels and choose RGB+ALPHA, then Click Render.

Step 14: Go to the File Menu > New > New Project. Import the fireworks and Trail footage. Create a New composition, then drag both footages into it. Then adjust the firework and Trail timings. If you want to change the firework colors, then go to the Effect & Presets, and search for the effect Hue/Saturation. Drag and drop the fireworks footage and change the color.

We are done! Our Simple Fireworks Animation in Adobe After Effects is ready.

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