Create Realistic Snowfall animation in After Effects

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In this tutorial, you will learn to create a realistic snowfall animation in Adobe After Effects. You don’t need to install any third-party plugin to make this animation. We are going to create a realistic snowfall animation from the scratch. After watching this tutorial you will be able to create your own snowfall scene in Adobe After effects. This effect is editable and you can add the image of a real snowflake.

Let’s get started!

Step 1: First of all open Adobe after effects, then create a new composition. Rename it to the Realistic Snowfall animation. Set the resolution to 1920×1080 Pixels, 30 frames per second, and set the duration to 10 Seconds.

Step 2: Go to the file menu, and import the winter image. Drag and drop the image to the composition. Go to the Layer menu > New > Select the Solid. Choose the black color.

Step 3: Go to the Effect & Presets, then search for the effect called CC Particle World. Drag and drop to the Solid layer.

Step 4: Change the Effect Settings: Change the birth rate to 10. Birth rate slider to 5.0. Go to the producer and change Position Y to -0.30. Change the Radius X to 1.0. Radius Y to 0.115. Radius Z to 2.0

Step 5: Physics: change the Animation type to Jet Sideway. Velocity to 0.10. Gravity to 0.015. By making these changes our particles will fall from top to bottom.

Step 6: Under the Gravity vector changes the gravity X to 0.350.

Step 7: Particles: Change the particle type from line to Faded Sphere. Change the birth color to white and the death color to black.

Step 8: Change the solid layer blending mode from normal to Color Dodge.

Step 9: Import the snowflake transparent image. Drag and drop to the composition. Right-click on the snowflake layer and choose pre-compose. Rename it to the snowflakes and change the composition resolution similar to the snowflake size.

Step 10: Select the snowfall solid layer. Go to the settings, then under Physics. And change the particle type from Faded Sphere to Texture Square. Under the Texture layer, then select the snowflake composition which we created earlier.

Then we are done! Our realistic snowfall animation is ready.

Here you can download the free project file (File Size: 809 KB)

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