How do you make Particles?

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  1. Pearl

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    How do you make Particles? I want to know how you go about making particles. Like the basics of them.
    If anybody here knows how you make them. I would love to know! Thanks.
     
  2. Dr. Orange

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    This video is what thaught me to make particle systems:

    I hope it works for you as well.
     
  3. Pearl

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    Any clue on how to make custom particles from scratch?
     
  4. Fr0Z3nR

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    1. You need to launch TF2 with the -tools and -nop4 launch commands.
    2. Right click TF2, click properties and under the general tab click "Set Launch Options" you can add -tools and -nop4 there.
    3. Launch the game normally.
    4. At the top of the new window (it should be all great with "Tool Mode" in the upper right corner, with some other stuff) click "tools" in the upper LEFT corner, and select Particle Editor.
    5. Click File, then New. Again, this is from the yellow menu in the upper left corner.
    6. You can now make a new particle system. I would click File > Open, and go to SteamApps/Team Fortress 2/tf/particles and find some particles that have already been made, to see how it's done. You're looking for a .pcf file. From there, you can look at how particles are created. You can modify existing ones to do what you want, or you can make one from scratch.
    These are just a couple of tutorials I found online, not sure how great they are, but hopefully they're helpful.
    https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=264673373
    https://developer.valvesoftware.com/wiki/Creating_A_Fire_Particle
    https://developer.valvesoftware.com/wiki/Particle_Editor (This is actually just the VDC for the Particle Editor)

    Hope that helps!
     
  5. Pearl

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    How about a particle with in a particle? Not quite sure if you can do that.
     
  6. Fr0Z3nR

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    I think that's just adding another emitter to a particle system, thats how they do the fire on the huntsman, it's a fire particle and a smoke particle together. You could look for and then look at that particle specifically.
     
  7. Pearl

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    Oh. So the particles with in particles are just one main particle that have Children with other particle systems... Yay nesting.
     
  8. Fr0Z3nR

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    Something like that, yea. I haven't had to edit/make particles for like a year now :p
     
  9. Pearl

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    Just trying to wrap my brain around it that's all.
     
  10. Pearl

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    How would you go about making custom textures for the particles?