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Creation Effects: Wisp

Animate 3D Trails of Particles in After Effects with "Wisp"

Wisp allows users to create 3D trails of particles in Adobe After Effects. With 50 wisp presets, the particles can be used to imitate trails of fire, liquid, smoke, ink, sparks, lightning, bubbles, sand, and a variety of abstract shapes. The wisps will follow the 3D motion path of a target layer, which can be any 3D layer. You can customize the look and behavior of the wisps with easy controls.

Animations that are normally difficult and time-consuming are now simple to create in After Effects – like making lightning follow a complex path, writing out text with bleeding ink, or creating a thickening 3D vine. Designed to be flexible and customizable, this tool is certain to help bring your motion graphics and title animations to the next level.

Choose from 50 wisp presets, and customize them with easy controls.

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Wisp Features

  • 50 Presets – Set them to follow any 3D motion path or moving 3D layer in After Effects. The presets cover a range of common particle effects and useful elements, including…​
    • Light Streaks
    • Lightning
    • Liquid
    • Sand
    • Smoke
    • Sparks
    • Text Characters
    • Bubbles
    • Confetti
    • Fairy Dust
    • Fire
    • Flowers
    • Glitter
    • Growing Vine
    • Ice
  • Easy Customization – You have complete control over the look and behavior of the wisps using convenient controls.
  • 3D – Wisps are powered by the CC Particle World effect, which is compatible with 3D camera layers. So you can animate your camera to orbit or pass through particles. Following the instructions in the video tutorial, you can animate wisps to move around or interact with other 3D layers.
  • Flexibility – Replace particles with images, videos, or other comps. Combine multiple wisps to create beautiful and complex flowing shapes. Make wisps stand still to create a variety of interesting floating orbs.


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​Animate the 3D position of Target layer (any 3D layer, such as a hidden Null object), and your wisp will follow its motion path.


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Need to Know

  • This template is compatible with Adobe After Effects, version CS6 and all later versions. Works on both PCs and Macs. No plugins required.​

  • Disclaimer: Wisps use the “CC Particle World” effect, which is compatible with 3D camera layers. However, the wisp layers are 2D, and therefore will not interact with other 3D layers. There is a workaround, as demonstrated in the video tutorial, which allows you to make wisps circle around or pass through other 3D layers. This technique requires a little bit of extra work, and is also necessary to make a wisp cross over itself.

  • This template includes comps in both HD (1920×1080) and 4K (4096×2160).

  • Music and footage in the promo video is not included.

  • This template has been “universalized”, so it will work in After Effects running in any language.

The Wisp template is not a plugin, so there is nothing to install. Rather, it’s an Adobe After Effects project file, commonly known as a “template” because most of the work is already done and the user needs only to make their own customizations. This template is compatible with version CS6 as well as all later versions of After Effects.

Wisp contains copyrighted intellectual property. The animations you create with this product are 100% yours and can be used for commercial purposes, but the sharing or online posting of project files with or for anyone other than a client is prohibited. See the Terms and Conditions for more details.

This template is compatible with Adobe After Effects, version CS6 and all later versions. Works on both PCs and Macs. No plugins required.​

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Creation Effects: Wisp Tutorial

This tutorial will show you how to create moving trails of 3D particles in After Effects, using the Wisp template from Creation Effects.


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