How to Create Doctor Strange Magical Weapon Effect | After Effects Tutorial

In this tutorial, we will learn how to conjure a magical weapon effects like Doctor Strange (and Wong)!
While the movie showcases many different kind of magical weapons FX like a whip, gear, or shield, we will use a magic energy sword as an example. We will focus on compositing the sword and how to make it materialize using combination of ActionVFX sparks asset collections.

ActionVFX Collections used in the tutorial:
Grinding Sparks
Electrical Sparks Vol. 1
Spark Bursts
Spark Hits Vol.2
Fire Sparks Wide
Atmospheric Smoke and Fog Vol.2
Ground Fog Vol.1
Icon Lens Flares
FREE- Surface Imperfections

00:00 Intro
00:36 Preparing the elements
1:23 Tracking the sword to the hand
2:36 Adding the transition on the sword
3:14 Creating the glow effect (part 1)
5:21 Adding the glow effect (part 2)
5:32 Compositing the sparks
7:30 Adding Fire Sparks – Wide
8:50 Light interaction from the adjustment layer
10:00 adding motion blur
10:31 Outro

Free 3D Blade Model from CGtrader:

Background Enviroment:

ReelSmart Motion Blur Plug-In:

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