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  • Particles move along Spline

    Posted by Niclas Werres on December 1, 2016 at 4:02 pm

    Hello everyone,

    I’m trying for hours to get particles follow along a spline. I searched like hell in the internet, but the tutorials doesn’t seem to work anymore. So, I created my emitter and made a sphere the particle of it. Then I create a Null and put a Spline Wrap and my Emitter inside. In the object properties I select my spline and set the Spline Wrap to Keep length. The axis is on +Z, but my particles seem to be 2D and just Pop Up on the beginning. What am I missing?

    I hope there is anyone, who can help me.

    Niclas Werres replied 7 years, 7 months ago 2 Members · 4 Replies
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  • Adam Trachtenberg

    December 1, 2016 at 11:04 pm

    Deformers only work on real geometry — not generated particles.

    If you have Thinking Particles there’s a preset in the Content Browser for moving particles along a spline.

  • Niclas Werres

    December 2, 2016 at 3:03 pm

    Thank you for the quick answer.

    Don’t like the XPresso system, though. In 3DS Max I get the results I want easier, because I don’t have to add a attribute every time for everything.

    I don’t question, that XPresso is very powerful, but I don’t have the time right now to wrap my head around it.

  • Adam Trachtenberg

    December 3, 2016 at 3:37 pm

    TP can be challenging but the presets make it relatively easy. In this case you would add a standard emitter preset and the move along spline preset. Then it’s just a matter of dragging your particle object into the emitter preset’s geometry field, dragging your spline into the move along spline preset’s spline field, and playing with the parameters until you get what you want. No need to interact directly with TP or Xpresso at all.

    You also need to add a TP Particle Geometry object to your scene. This can all be done in the space of a couple minutes.

  • Niclas Werres

    December 5, 2016 at 8:46 am

    Thank you, this helps a lot.

    I will spend some time in the future with it. At least I’m motivated right now, to try it out and tweak the settings a little. We’ll see how this works out for me. ????

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