Why is Scintillae different from the other particles generation
Scintillae is the only plug-in available on the market with a particles
engine that has been specifically designed for 2D animation. Besides,
retaining all the power of any other particles system, it is very
easy to use, enabling animators to produce complex effects with
just a few clicks of the mouse, with an immediate visual feedback
of the result.
To generate particles, do I need to deal with complex physical variables?
You dont have to be a physicist to simulate the elements!
Scintillae has been designed keeping the user in mind, with the
ease of use a must, and does not require a significant knowledge
of physics, like all 3D particles packages.
How do I start creating particles FX?
Some FX presets, simulating basic events like rain, smoke, snow,
are available as soon as you install the plug-in.
You can use them as they are, or as a starting point to create your
own effect by changing some particles properties. So, you can look
at them as examples to better understand how parameters are set
to achieve the required result.
Will the snowfall effect I create be identical to that created by
other animation studios?
You are the animator, so you can create your own images to be used
Any image format supported by Toonz is supported by the plug-in
as well. You can use images or animated levels, in the latter case
you can decide the type and the step of the animation.
You can also use more than one level, by listing all the images
you require, in order to randomly assign different drawings to different
Drawing your own particles, you can keep the look-and-feel of your
animation, achieving an effect that will be unique to your project.
Does the particles only FX allow me to create atmospherical events
like rain, snow etc?
No, you can create any random configuration of elements and animate
it by defining particles parameters.
The simplest example could be the creation of a field of shining
stars, starting from one single star; or an undulating meadow starting
from one animated blade of grass.
More dramatic results can be achieved such as a
trail of smoke coming from a steam locomotive generated with an
image of a blurred blob; or a flock of birds generated with some
animated levels of different flying birds.