Graham Quince Makin Space Tutorial Series

Makin’ Starfields: Create presets for 2D, 360 and 3D stars

In this tutorial, I take a look at generating stars in Adobe After Effects. We start with a simple 2D starfield, but then use Fractal Noise to add atmospheric distortion (twinkling) and then I show how to save this effect as a preset, so it becomes really easy to reuse. Next, I take a look at wrapping those 2D stars around the inside of a Sphere to create a 360 starfield.

I use Video Copilot’s free Orb plugin.

Once it’s all set up, I then show how to use an expression to switch between 2D and 360. Finally, I create a 3D starfield you can fly through using CC Particle World, and another expression to make life much easier to control the amount of stars.

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(There’s a BONUS composition included: Star Trek TNG style warp stars)

Graham Quince<br>Halifax, UK
Graham Quince
Halifax, UK

I mainly work in compositing, 3D modelling and programming, but nothing at a broadcast level. I’ve used the Adobe suite for 20 years.


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