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Over 100 Free Particle Flow Presets from Allan McKay

Posted by visualz, 7 June 2011 8:00 pm

March 2014 update - these now are included in the base install of 3ds Max 2015.  I have also posted a video of all of these effects rendered out for reference.  At the end of this blog post is a link to download all of these rendered animations.  //gD

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For some time now (since the release of 3ds Max 2010), 'Max has shipped with over 100 Particle Flow presets that users can take advantage of for their various project types.  These are included with every copy of 3ds Max, however they are not part of a default install.  These presets are broken down into four elemental effects for air, earth, fire, water as well as "logo" presets for motion graphics and broadcast designers.  Here, we'll take a look at where to find them, how to install them and finally how to access them within 3ds Max.

Visual effects artist and fellow 3ds Max Master, Allan McKay, was contracted to created these Particle Flow presets specifically to ship with 3ds Max. They are a killer starting point for projects, as well as an excellent way for new users to reverse-engineer Particle Flow's event-driven particle system.

You can download my edited versions with categories as a prefix here: 

DOWNLOAD Partilcle Flow Presets RENAMED

DOWNLOAD all the rendered MP4 files HERE

I hope you enjoy the presets and please spread the word!

Untill next time,

//garyD

37 Comments

darthmikael

Posted 17 June 2011 3:44 pm

Thanks! Very useful!

JohnnyRandom

Posted 17 June 2011 4:50 pm

Gary thanks for taking the time to do this!

I had been meaning to do this very thing since these shipped.

It always bothered me that they weren't listed the Preset Flow operator, simply for the fact that I would forget these even existed.

joegunn3d

Posted 20 June 2011 7:05 pm

Great to shine the light on this since so many forgot or didn't know.

My only question is this....

How do you share those presets or new presets you make over a NetWork?

visualz

Posted 20 June 2011 7:32 pm

most pflow presets dont create external dependencies like texture maps on the network since they are just regular max files essentially being merged with the current scene. Use Asset Tracker like any other time to check and repath any external dependencies.

//gD

visualz

Posted 21 June 2011 2:30 pm

user Sedokun points out:

If in InstallSettings.ini - useUserProfiles set to "0", than You should put presets to
--3dsMaxInstallFolder--\plugcfg\Particle Flow Presets

NotSoFro

Posted 28 June 2011 1:45 am

Fantastic!

Thanks for sharing! This will speed up work flows and testing dramatically! Thank you. I wish I knew about these presets sooner.

visualz

Posted 30 June 2011 2:53 pm

'Make sure to check out all the other killer free goodies in the "samples" directory of the 3ds Max installer. there are tons of scripts, plugins, pre-rigged models and more.

//garyD

slecky

Posted 4 July 2011 1:48 am

thank you

visualz

Posted 10 March 2012 6:18 am

i am travelling for work at the moment and just tried the download link from my hotel room and it seemed to work ok. it might have been a temporary issue with netowkr traffic. please try again.

//garyD

Blueoysterman

Posted 5 May 2012 5:09 pm

Right On..GD...AM

fernando ferro

Posted 6 June 2012 5:15 pm

Hi, thank you!
Could you please tell me where are the textures of this scenes?
Dust.tga, dustDevil... etc.
Best

fernando ferro

Posted 6 June 2012 5:27 pm

Sorry, I've found it:
...\Samples\Particle Flow Elements Library\sceneassets\images

SuperCoon

Posted 4 September 2012 5:26 pm

Has the "Particle Flow Presets" folder been moved in Max 2013? I can not find it under its normal path of: C:\Users\User Name\AppData\Local\Autodesk\3dsmax\2013 - 64bit\ENU\plugcfg_ln

XF7

Posted 6 September 2012 2:31 pm

SuperCoon,

The address in Max 2013 is:

C:\Users\Username\AppData\Local\Autodesk\3dsMax\2013 - 64bit\ENU\en-US\plugcfg

johnfreefly

Posted 13 September 2012 9:51 am

All great but the cache node does not work ! still slow after a cached the particles.

iskon

Posted 19 September 2012 10:23 am

Nice set of predifined particles. Thx.

mark2112

Posted 14 November 2012 2:03 am

These are great! However, a high percentage of them causes 3ds Max Design 2013 to exit with an error, sometimes closing the Particle View, sometimes zooming and/or panning.

If anyone has any ideas please lt me know.

Thank You

SamAsh

Posted 15 January 2013 1:39 pm

Just open the .max Files via "File-> Open" or double click them in your Windows Explorer directly and everything is working fine.

leebano

Posted 18 January 2013 5:36 pm

My 3ds Max Design 2013-64 do not have this folder "plugcfg", but have this "plugcfg_ln" and doesn't work. Please, help me!

emihich

Posted 7 February 2013 5:11 pm

Thank you for this very nice work on the Presets.

visualz

Posted 2 March 2013 6:13 pm

OLD>>>

C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\Autodesk\3dsmax\2010 - 64bit\enu\plugcfg\Particle Flow Presets


NEW>>>

C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Autodesk\3dsMax\2013 - 64bit\ENU\en-US\plugcfg\Particle Flow Presets

PJB3d

Posted 26 March 2013 7:35 pm

Thanks much Gary for the tip and named files download!!! And thanks to Allan for the presets!!!

Awesome!!!

juiceloosner

Posted 9 May 2013 4:10 am

Thanks a shedload. Allan "Grand PooBah" Mackay

visualz

Posted 7 June 2013 3:50 pm

***UPDATE*** on location of install for newer release.

C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Autodesk\3dsMax\2014 - 64bit\ENU\en-US\plugcfg\Particle Flow Presets

Michael Powers

Posted 16 August 2013 5:20 pm

There has been a slight change in path. (Autodesk keepin' it real and making our lives difficult!)
C:\Users\%username%.%userdomain%\AppData\Local\Autodesk\3dsMax\2014 - 64bit\ENU\en-US\plugcfg\Particle Flow Presets

visualz

Posted 16 August 2013 5:29 pm

THANKS very much for the update!!

//g

ollieslats

Posted 31 August 2013 9:49 pm

Could you please tell me where are the textures of this scenes?
Dust.tga, dustDevil... Sorry I can not find them. Could someone give a old-man a clue?

thanks
ollieslats

gsandoval13

Posted 11 November 2013 12:03 am

Thank you very much for this!.. I was looking into the logo disassemble preset, but couldn't find out how to change it to any shape you want. any tips on how to do this?? again thanks alot for these presets!

visualz

Posted 12 February 2014 3:45 pm

UPDATE: i render them all out and compiled a MOV here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40NMubOnijM&feature=youtu.be

joshpurple

Posted 12 February 2014 4:07 pm

Excellent, Thank you !

visualz

Posted 19 February 2014 4:57 pm

UPDATE #2. at the top of this page ive posted a second download link to get all the rendered MP4 files. these are all named according to the Particle Flow Presets MAX scenes.

uwe ziese

Posted 21 February 2014 12:42 pm

Very nice. Thank you Alan.

All the best

Uwe

Gil G.

Posted 21 February 2014 1:11 pm

Thanks !
Really nice

raykal

Posted 25 September 2014 3:40 pm

Heya,
Having problems with the Presets download it gets somewhere and just stops with an error. Please post a fresh link or something i'm really die'n here. i'm out of options. Thanks alot

visualz

Posted 25 September 2014 3:52 pm

i just tried both and they are still working. might just need to try again later/

raykal

Posted 26 September 2014 9:13 am

I just tried again same thing. I don't know is it the zone i'm in or something.

visualz

Posted 26 September 2014 12:17 pm

they also ship with 2015 as part of the default install. maybe you could get the 30 day trial if you are not on it already.

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