Premiumbeat shows us how to create a manual array of shapes or icons that behaves like particles, but with finer control:
You can use particles in After Effects to create the random movement of shapes, lights or any design element. But what if you want more precise control of the “random” particle movement? That’s where the After Effects array technique in the following video tutorial comes in.
We’ll create each element in the particle cloud (or array) individually. By using After Effects expressions we can give the elements in the array random movement, but still have the ability to keyframe and tweak the size and position of each.
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