Create Realistic Fire Animation in Adobe After Effects


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In this tutorial, you will learn to create a simple cartoon fire animation in Adobe After Effects. This is a short and easy tutorial for beginners. After watching this tutorial you will be able to create your own fire animation without any plugins or expressions. For better results, I recommend you to watch the video till the end.

Let’s get started!

Step 1: First of all open Adobe After Effects and create a New Composition. Rename it to Realistic Fire animation. Set the resolution to 1920×1080 Pixels. Frame rate to 30 frames per second and Set the duration to 5 or 10 seconds.

Step 2: Select the Pen tool from the Toolbar Set the fill color to solid white color and set the stroke to None. Then create a shape just like this.
Realistic Cartoon Fire Animation

Step 3: Again select the shape layer and create other shapes. Now, I am making the fire flames. Go to effects and presets and search the effect Wave warp. Drag and drop to the shape layer,

Settings:
Set the direction to 0 degrees. Wave height to 15. Wave width to 120. Change the wave speed to 2 and change the shape color to orange. The color code is #FF9100.

Step 4: Select the Shape layer, and made it duplicate by pressing the control+D key on the keyboard. Change the shape color to light orange. The color code is #FFC600 and make it smaller. Change the wave width to 130. Change the wave speed to 1. Go to Effects & Presets, search the effect Fast Box Blur. Drag and drop to the top layer. Change the blur radius to 16.

Step 5: Select the top layer and make it duplicate. Change the color to light yellow. The color code is #FFF992. Then make it smaller again.

Step 6: Select the bottom layer. Go to the effects and presets and Search the effect Glow. Drag and drop to the bottom layer. Change the glow threshold to 100 and change the glow radius to 140. Then Change the wave speed to 1.

Let’s create particles.

Step 7: Go to the Layer Menu > New > Select the solid. Rename it to the particles. Go to effects and presets and search the effect CC Particles world. Drag and drop to the solid layer.

Go to the settings: Change the Longevity to 0.50. Producer: Change the Position Y to 0.15. Physics: Change the gravity to -1, Resistance to 2. Particles: Change the particle type to faded Sphere. Max opacity to 100%. Change the birth size to 0.030. Change the death size to 0.100.

Step 8: Drag the solid layer just below the all layers. Now, drag the solid layer to the left side then drag the layer to the 5 seconds.

We are done! Our Cartoon Fire Animation is ready in Adobe After Effects.

Here you can download the free project file (File Size: 339 KB)

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