Saving Custom Particle Effects to the Library

Once you have created a particle system that you are particularly proud of, you can save it as a particle preset in the Particle Emitters, Favorites, or Favorites Menu folder of the Library, for future use. Once you place particle systems in the Library, they become particle presets that can be used just like any other particle preset.

Note: For organizational purposes, you may find it useful to create a new folder of your own in the Favorites or Favorites Menu category to store custom particle systems.

To save a particle system to the Library
  1. Open the Library and select either the Particle Emitters, Favorites, or Favorites Menu category.

  2. Drag the emitter you want to save into the stack at the bottom of the Library.

When you save a particle preset, it’s saved as a file in the /Users/username/Library/Application Support/Final Cut Studio/Motion/Library/Particle Emitters/ folder. Any custom objects that you used to create that particle system also appear here.

You can copy particle presets you create from this location to give to other Motion users, or you can place particle presets that are given to you in this same folder. Whenever you copy a particle preset file, you should make sure that you also copy any graphics or movie files that it uses as well.

For more information on saving custom objects to the Library, see Adding Your Own Content to the Library.