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Learning Quartz Composer: A Hands-On Guide to Creating Motion Graphics with Quartz Composer by Surya Buchwald, Graham Robinson

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Chapter 6. Particles (Little Flying Bits of Bling)

By this stage, you have some sweet patches and are beginning to feel as if you might have a clue about how to ninja up something awesome with Quartz Composer (QC). At the same time, perhaps things are feeling a little blocky when you were hoping for some subtlety and beauty—a tool to make the pixels dance. Well, this is the chapter for you! Here we crack open a new can of whoop ass that I like to call particles. Funnily enough, that’s what QC calls this feature, too.

The Particle System in QC is quite versatile. Aside from creating elements, which are beautiful in their own right, we can use the Particle System to “model” or recreate complex real-world events, such as rain, water, and even explosions! ...

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