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Fully-dynamic trails, swooshes and speed lines.

OtherCubed Trails is an add-on for After Effects that creates amazing, fully dynamic trails, Swooshes, and speedlines.  You can set up a Trail in seconds, and apply dynamic effects to give even more life to your animation.

With OtherCubed Trails, you don’t need to worry about what you want to create a trail on – it will parent to any layer regardless of expressions or crazy parenting setups.

OtherCubed Trails

The trails created are completely dynamic and will update instantly to any change you make – so you don’t have to worry about updating them every time you want to move a layer over a couple of pixels.

OtherCubed Trail Features

Fully dynamic trails that update instantly in your composition

Add additional dynamic effects:

  • Line velocity – have your trails react to the velocity of whatever they’re connected to, creating some lovely physicality.
  • Wiggler – add a touch of randomness to your lines with the wiggler
  • Add Movement – add some additional linear movement to your lines – great for creating trails that feel as if they’re flowing – or for making your trail as a base to use for creating hair, flags, faux smoke, or whatever you fancy!

Trails work with all shape layer effects – add trim paths, repeaters, zig-zags to your heart’s desire.

A velocity based line length checkbox scales dynamic effects to the velocity of your trail.

OtherCubed Trails Mandala

Adobe After Effects 2022, 2021, 2020, CC 2019, CC 2018

1.10 –  Sep 9, 2019

Two new features!
– Stick Trails is an awesome new Dynamic Effect to let you stick your trails to a point or layer.
– Offset Trail lets you offset your Trail forwards or backwards in time!

1.02  –  Sep 2, 2019

-When changing the ‘Point Control Layer’ to a non-trail point layer, the trail will emit from the anchorPoint of the layer rather than the top left corner

– When creating a new trail control with the shift or multiple select method:

– the point will stick to the anchor point of the parent layer rather than the top left hand corner
– if the parent layer is 3D, the point will automatically be made a 3D layer as well.

-Compatible with macOS 10.15 ‘Catalina’

1.01 – Aug 26, 2019

  • Fixed small expression error affecting non-English users of After Effects.

1.0 – Aug 20, 2019

  • Initial release
OtherCubed Trails

OtherCubed Trails #gettingstarted

Learn to make rocket trails with the Trails script.


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