5th November 2003, 08:29
i'm a bigginner in fx feild. i would like 2 know frm where shall i get extra particles and plugins 4 combustion.
help me in this subject.
11th November 2003, 14:27
You can get MORE FREE Particle effects for use with your Combustion v2 from the Wondertouch website. The fact is that Discreet has licensed the Wondertouch Illusion particle software for use in Combustion.
At the Windertouch website, under the download section, you will find a selection of free Particle Libraries. Important Note: For Combustion Version 2,0, you should ONLY consider loading the Particle Libraries dated AFTER January 2002, since most of the libraries BEFORE that date are already included with the release of Combustion v2. This includes the Abstract, Explosions, Natural, etc.
Note that you can ONLY use particles from Wondertouch Illusion V2 -- The Illusion v3 particles are NOT compatible. Those NOT Compatible are dated after June/July 2003.
The Illusion libraries available are really fantastic, however, please note that they are, unfortunately, totally un-organized, with different types of emitters in different libraries, and tend to be scattered all over the place. However, if you search you can find some interesting ones. To Install them, once you download a library, you simply use the "Load Library" button, or, just drop the Illusion library file into the "Particle Libraries" folder in combustion's program folder and restart combustion. The new library will be converted and it'll become another entry in the Library popup list. Note that there are two types of particle file extensions:
*.IEL (illusion emitter lib)
*.ELC (emitter lib combustion)
When you load an IEL into combustion, it will automatically get converted to a ELC.
If you you are looking to add specific particle effects, and don't mind paying for them, a company called CGPlanet has created a growing collection of pre-created quality particle libraries. Their Particle Libraries collection, as of July 2003 includes the following: Aurora Borealis; Dust Devil; Magical Lights; Smoke; Electrical Vortex; Flame Thrower; Lights; UFO2; Warp Tunnel; Atomic Blast; Black Hole; Comets; Firey Cloud; Space Explosions; Star Ride; UFO; and Worm Hole. Also available is CGPlanet Green House (59 differing species of trees in tga and iff formats, which can also be used with Lightwave 3D, World Construction Set, or any software that supports clip mapped images.
At the CGPalnet webiste, you can browse their library to see their current list of Particle libraries and download their demo reel (which is an 8.6MB wmv file.) Note that they are adding new libraries regularly.
As for Plug-Ins:
What plug-ins are compatible with Discreet combustion? And how to Install them ?
Generally speaking, plug-ins created for Adobe Photoshop and Adobe AfterEffects are compatible with combustion. Discreet does NOT directly provide 3rd party interfaces: specific support for that type of 3rd party plug-ins come directly from the plug-in manufacturers. Before buying a plug-in, take the time to see if it works first. If you can NOT verify that a plug-in is compatible, you may first want to try the demo version of the plug-in (if available.) Note that the filters that ship with the actual Adobe products can NOT be used with combustion, as this is a result of the Adobe plug-in architecture: it is not a combustion limitation. Discreet has an updated list of tested plug-ins at:
Discreet Combustion supports some, but not all, 3rd party plug-ins for Photoshop and After Effects. Not all Adobe-compatible plug-ins designed by third-party developers can be used in combustion. Be sure to check with plug-in manufacturer before purchase for potential compatibility issues.
It is also recommended that you use After Effects compatible plug-ins with combustion whenever possible. Note that most Photoshop plug-ins are really NOT designed for animation purposes and can also lead to unpredictable results. To properly Install Photoshop and After Effects plugins, view the Installation Proceedure here:
Here's a little trick on how to use Native Photoshop plugins in Combustion without problems.. This was originally posted by Combustion power users Lee "Rod" Roderick and Greg Kilpatrick: You can copy over and use the native Photoshop plugins in combustion without problems -- but ONLY
if you copy them from Illustrator ... If you copy the Illustrator plugin.dll to the combustion folder, and then copy, for example, the halftone pattern or color halftone filter from the Illustrator plug-ins folder to the plugins/discreet/effects folder, the filters should work perfectly. In fact, you can even animate many of the parameters. Disclaimer: This has been tested using Illustrator 9, combustion 2.01 running W2K and reported to work fine.
Whatever you do . . . . Keep Combustin' !
31st December 2003, 19:06
What about with C3? Can I only install the wondetouch folders from those dates as well or can I install the 2003 folders into C3? :?:
1st January 2004, 07:11
As you may alresday know, the Particles Operator in combustion is essentially particleIllusion version 2.0 that Discreet licensed from Wondertouch.
Wondertouch has now realeasd their version 3 softwareware, which is different.
The particleIllusion v2.0 in Combustion can read ONLY Version 2.0 Libraies .. NOT the newest P-Illusion v3 libraries.
So, simply put: P-Illusion v3 DOES has some nice stuff,
BUT it does NOT have any integratation with combustion v3.
Are you interested in maybe getting Particle Illusion v3 (to run Stand-Alone) for a SPECIAL PRICE???
Check out this link to post from the WonderTouch President,
Alan Lorence, that he made over at the CreativeCow...
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