Top 24 Fireworks and Pyrotechnic resources

Fireworks (the explosive kind not the software) are a tradition in many culture but some of the most extravagant displays are in the United States on the 4th of July.  Obviously Americans have an affinity for blowing things up but the pyrotechnics are supposed to represent the battles that took place when we fought for our right for independence from England, so every year we party by blowing things up in spectacular displays.  Of course as a designer - you have to partake in the festivities by creating some awesome graphics for your Facebook page or your blog or even your party invite.

Below I've listed some excellent resources that you can use in Photoshop, AfterEffects, 3DS Max, Cinema 4D and Blender.  Why keep things static - I'd say that if you have access to the software you should try out some of the MoGraph and 3D tutorials.  Making fire in digital land is way less messy and the best part is that you won't loose a finger or an eye.  Plus your mom won't freak out because one of those twirly firecrackers just went under her car.

Hopefully you'll take a moment to create your own great images but if you're pressed for time there are some excellent presets, brushes and photos available too!

Photoshop Brushes:

Photoshop Actions:

After Effects No Plug-ins:

After Effects with Trapcode Particular:

Red Giant Preset:

3DS Max:

Cinema 4D:



Random stuff: