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Making Particles in Motion

Using the Make Particles function in Apple Motion can be a creative way to add a transitional element to your productions. Taking something as simple as a graphic of a basketball, you can create a motion graphic that enhances a simple wipe transition.

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First take the graphic and remove the white background with a luma key filter, then place it on the lower right hand corner. Apply the Particle Emitter to the graphic and adjust the dashboard settings to create a tight stream from the Emitter.

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Now drag across the timeline until the particles have reached the top of the screen. If particles disappear before reaching the top of the screen, you will need to increase the life parameter in the dashboard. At the point the particles reach the top of the screen you will add a throw behavior to the graphic.

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This will send the stream of particles across the screen. By saving this Motion project as is you will be able to use repeatedly, only needing to sync the movement of the wipe to the movement of the stream.

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