Trapcode Form v2.2

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Make any 3D form imaginable.

Words dissolve into sand, a logo catches on fire, and now 3D sequences explode into particles. Form 2 keeps the beautiful organic shapes that you love while adding amazing 3D object support and powerful Particular 2 controls. Give your base form endless 3D possibilities by importing OBJ models, OBJ sequences or starting with our professionally designed presets.


Trapcode Form - Fractal Field from Red Giant on Vimeo.

Supercharge the form with popular Particular features like Textured Polygon particles and Shading for AE lights. Form 2 has tools that work for the high-end motion designer, the professional VFX compositor and every artist in between. With its reorganized interface and better integration into After Effects, Form has grown alongside your creative needs.

What's New

  • Bring OBJ’s into After Effects with Form’s support for 3D models and 3D sequences
  • Get the Particular 2 features you love, like Textured Polygon and Streaklet particle types
  • Illuminate your particles with Shading for visual depth and tight integration to AE lights
  • Full Layer Map support gives advanced animation control over particle size, rotation and color
  • Expanded Spherical Field features let you distort a sphere into any elliptical shape

Reasons To Buy

  • Full integration with After Effects' 3D environment including camera and lights
  • Great for generating fluid lines, looping backgrounds and text effects
  • Audio Reactors make it easy to sync animation to a soundtrack or voice
  • Presets designed by Guru animator Harry Frank get Form projects started quickly
  • Backward compatibility with Form 1 projects

Unlimited 3D possibilities with OBJ import

form beyond grids and spheres with Form’s brand new OBJ Importer. Now your base form can take any shape imaginable, including animated models designed in your favorite 3D applications. Import a static or animated OBJ, and Form will automatically convert its vertices into particles for a fast start to a sophisticated animation. You get complete 3D support from new features like orthographic viewing, Shading and Layer Maps… oh, and endless possibilities.


Super-powered by Particular 2

formIt’s a Trapcode mashup! We brought the Particular 2 features you love into Form 2 and reorganized the interface so it is immediately familiar. Particular’s Textured Polygons give you an exciting new particle type that can rotate in 3D space. Add 3D depth to your particles with the power of Shadowlets and natural light fall-off, and work more easily with 3D Cameras using World Transform and Motion Blur. Form 2 has the versatility of Particular 2 but with a completely unique creative twist.


Your recipe for original organic shapes

formYour favorite features of Form 1 have been improved with tons of creative options. Expanded particle types and professionally designed presets help you animate beautiful organic 3D shapes and backgrounds. Layer Maps now support fluid base forms like Layered Spheres and OBJs, and have a Rotation group that rotates particles with precision. Spherical Field has new Size X, Y and Z controls that stretch spheres into a variety of elliptical shapes. We can’t wait to see what you do with Form 2.


Popular kids on the block: Form & Particular
We’ve added your favorite Particular 2 features, like Textured Polygons, Streaklets, Shading and Shadowlets. These popular features and their familiar layout give you an improved workflow and a more streamlined design experience. If you already love Particular, then you will be instant     Qfriends with Form 2.

Give any shape to your Base Form
In Form 2, the base shape for your particles is unlimited. That’s right, folks... NO LIMITS. The Form 1 base shapes of grid, sphere and rectangle are still available. But you now have complete control over the Base Form with improved options for custom shapes, and the new OBJ importer loads in any 3D model or 3D animation.

Animation ecstasy with new Particle Types
Two new Particle Types give birth to awesome animation. Streaklet particles can generate intricate organic designs like ribbons and light trails. Textured Polygons load in any image as the particle source and let you rotate and shade those particles in 3D, for animated sequences like falling leaves and twisting snowflakes.

Deeper control with Layer Maps
We added advanced options to give you deeper control over Layer Maps. You can now apply layer maps to 3D Base Forms like OBJ models and Sphere Layered objects. The new Rotation Layer Map lets you control the orientation of your particles, and an Invert Map checkbox saves you from the hassle of additional pre-comps.

Natural shading with Shadowlets
The new Shadowlet rendering lets particles cast shadows onto other particles, adding realistic shadowing from a single light source. Combined with the new dynamic light falloff support for After Effects lights, your particles and composites look better than ever.

Let audio take control
Built-in Audio Reactors generate mind-blowing visuals. Use the Audio Reactors to easily apply variables like motion, dispersion, size and twist so your particles organically react to the frequencies you desire. Tap your fingers to the beat as water droplets ripple to a bass guitar, or Streaklets pulsate to your subject’s voice.

Get the 3D party started

Because it does so much, Form 2 has alotta parameters. We aim to get you kickstarted with the new 3D tools. Animator Harry Frank’s professional presets quickly load in primitive 3D OBJ forms for a creative starting point, and his free video tutorials give a great introduction to using Form.


What's new in Trapcode Form 2.2?

  • Updated UI graphs, “Color over Life” and “Size over Life” in Trapcode Form now match those found in Particular 2.5
  • Removal of outdated SD presets

Our tests have shown that our products perform best when used with the system configurations listed below. Although many of our products will run on older or less-powerful systems, those listed below are the minimum system requirements which we support.

Apple Macintosh

  • Mac OS X 10.8
  • Mac OS X 10.9
  • Mac OS X 10.10
  • Mac OS X 10.11
  • Mac Intel
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 30 MB of Hard Drive space


  • Windows 7 
  • Windows 8 
  • Windows 10
  • 64 bit Processor
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 30 MB of Hard Drive space

Host Applications

Trapcode Form runs only in After Effects. Each purchase and serial number allows the owner to use the product on a single computer. Except where noted, the features are the same in all operating systems.

  • Adobe After Effects CC 2015.3, CC 2015, CC 2014, CC, CS6

Please ensure that the host version is compatible with your operating system. Check with application provider for specifics.


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Customer Reviews

Form worth the effort

Great program to incorporate into your tool set. Continue to get ooohs and aahhhs. Tutorials are a must. Once you've cracked the code, you'll always think about how to use it in your current project.

Would you recommend this product to a colleague? Yes

By: Mike Cash
Date: April 28, 2012

A great companion to any designer

If you've been to an IMAX movie lately, you've seen the power of Form in action. Often times I find that any puzzle I can't solve with Particular is short work in Form (and vice versa!). Despite the learning curve, research and experimentation will soon make you an expert. With its layer mapping controls I've used Form to illustrate how fluid physics work, for super cool music visualizations, and with Form 2's recent addition of OBJ support, I've started integrating my Cinema 4D workflow right into After Effects. This plugin is worth every penny!

Would you recommend this product to a colleague? Yes

By: Jared Flynn
Date: April 09, 2012

$199 isn’t a bad price for a particle engine plugin, especially one as feature-rich as this. But what you’re really paying for is the uniqueness of the animations that Form delivers

Trapcode continues to impress with another entry in its lineup of ultra-high quality software for After Effects. Even though Form has a steep learning curve, it does have 61 very useful presets that don’t need a lot of tweaking to produce rich organic animations that are truly stunning. In an industry where everything seems to have a “been there done that” look, it’s refreshing to see a plugin that provides such unique results.

Read the full review of Trapcode Form 1.0 by Ryan Graham at Microfilmmaker Magazine, May 1, 2008.

Would you recommend this product to a colleague? Yes

By: Jeremy Hanke
Date: April 04, 2012

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