Over 100 Free Particle Flow Presets from Allan McKay

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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

 

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| 2 years ago
i just re-uploaded they should be working now. NOTE: these also now ship as part of the base install of 3ds Max (much later than this original post which required them to be loaded of disk2 or downloaded)
Edited by visualz 2 years ago
| 2 years ago
Says file is not there.... Any new link?
Edited by Maxios 2 years ago
| 2 years ago
I used asset tracker and it linked to my project folder so I copied the images there and it worked great. Awesome work Allan.
Edited by 2upron 2 years ago
| 2 years ago
Hello I downloaded the files and video examples. The setup works fine in 3ds Max 2014 and I can see all the presets. When I use air_Car Dust.max, it says "Missing External Files" sceneassets\images\DustDevil.tga. Where can I find this file?
Edited by 2upron 2 years ago
| 3 years ago
all of these are now part of the default install of 3ds max. (not the animations i made available for download, but all the scenes and associated external references) //g
Edited by visualz 3 years ago
| 3 years ago
Hello, i downloaded the files but having issues locating some missing files with the tga extension
Edited by Edia 3 years ago
| 3 years ago
it might be a version compatibility issue. worst case is you can always drag and drop them (open or merge) since they are really just MAX files.
Edited by visualz 3 years ago
| 3 years ago
Hi, I don't seem to be able to install the presets. I found a plugcfg folder @ C:\Program Files\Autodesk\3ds Max 2013\plugcfg and created a new folder called Particle Flow Presets, then simply copied over all of the files, including the .txt. I followed your instructions for opening the presets in Particle View but it's empty. I also tried the \AppData\Local\Autodesk\3dsMax\2013 - 64bit\ENU\plugcfg_ln folder but no luck.
Edited by monks 3 years ago
| 3 years ago
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.
Edited by visualz 3 years ago
| 3 years ago
I just tried again same thing. I don't know is it the zone i'm in or something.
Edited by raykal 3 years ago
| 3 years ago
i just tried both and they are still working. might just need to try again later/
Edited by visualz 3 years ago
| 3 years ago
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
Edited by raykal 3 years ago
| 4 years ago
Thanks ! Really nice :)
Edited by Gil G. 4 years ago
| 4 years ago
Very nice. Thank you Alan. All the best Uwe
Edited by uwe ziese 4 years ago
| 4 years ago
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.
Edited by visualz 4 years ago
| 4 years ago
Excellent, Thank you :) !
Edited by joshpurple 4 years ago
| 4 years ago
UPDATE: i render them all out and compiled a MOV here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40NMubOnijM&feature=youtu.be
Edited by visualz 4 years ago
| 4 years ago
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!
Edited by gsandoval13 4 years ago
| 4 years ago
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
Edited by ollieslats 4 years ago
| 4 years ago
THANKS very much for the update!! //g
Edited by visualz 4 years ago
| 4 years ago
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
Edited by Michael Powers 4 years ago
| 4 years ago
***UPDATE*** on location of install for newer release. C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Autodesk\3dsMax\2014 - 64bit\ENU\en-US\plugcfg\Particle Flow Presets
Edited by visualz 4 years ago
| 4 years ago
Thanks a shedload. Allan "Grand PooBah" Mackay
Edited by juiceloosner 4 years ago
| 5 years ago
Thanks much Gary for the tip and named files download!!! And thanks to Allan for the presets!!! Awesome!!!
Edited by PJB3d 5 years ago
| 5 years ago
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
Edited by visualz 5 years ago
| 5 years ago
Thank you for this very nice work on the Presets.
Edited by emihich 5 years ago
| 5 years ago
My 3ds Max Design 2013-64 do not have this folder "plugcfg", but have this "plugcfg_ln" and doesn't work. Please, help me!
Edited by leebano 5 years ago
| 5 years ago
Just open the .max Files via "File-> Open" or double click them in your Windows Explorer directly and everything is working fine.
Edited by SamAsh 5 years ago
| 5 years ago
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
Edited by mark2112 5 years ago
| 5 years ago
Nice set of predifined particles. Thx.
Edited by iskon 5 years ago
| 5 years ago
All great but the cache node does not work ! still slow after a cached the particles.
Edited by johnfreefly 5 years ago
| 5 years ago
SuperCoon, The address in Max 2013 is: C:\Users\Username\AppData\Local\Autodesk\3dsMax\2013 - 64bit\ENU\en-US\plugcfg
Edited by XF7 5 years ago
| 5 years ago
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
Edited by SuperCoon 5 years ago
| 5 years ago
Sorry, I've found it: ...\Samples\Particle Flow Elements Library\sceneassets\images
Edited by fernando ferro 5 years ago
| 5 years ago
Hi, thank you! Could you please tell me where are the textures of this scenes? Dust.tga, dustDevil... etc. Best
Edited by fernando ferro 5 years ago
| 5 years ago
Right On..GD...AM
Edited by Blueoysterman 5 years ago
| 6 years ago
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
| 6 years ago
Itzz great but unable to download every time i got an error of area.autodesk servor connection error.
| 6 years ago
Thanks for taking the time to share this.
| 6 years ago
Thanks
| 6 years ago
Thanks for taking the time to show us what's what - these are really helpful
| 6 years ago
thank you
| 6 years ago
'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
| 6 years ago
Fantastic! Thanks for sharing! This will speed up work flows and testing dramatically! Thank you. I wish I knew about these presets sooner.
| 6 years ago
user Sedokun points out: If in InstallSettings.ini - useUserProfiles set to "0", than You should put presets to --3dsMaxInstallFolder--\plugcfg\Particle Flow Presets
| 6 years ago
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
| 6 years ago
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?
| 6 years ago
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.
| 6 years ago
Thanks! Very useful!
| 6 years ago
Thank You :) !