Deflectors


Deflectors are a hugely powerful part of the particle simulator. With deflectors you can have particles impact on shapes and surfaces and even simulate particles colliding with objects in a live action shot.

A particle simulation can include multiple deflectors, allowing for very complex setups.

Deflectors can be added from the timeline or from the Controls panel using the icon to the right of the Deflectors group.

The Bounce and Friction settings in the Particle system -> Movement properties directly affect how particles interact with deflectors.

General

Active - turns the deflector on and off.

Shape

Deflectors can be cuboid shapes generated inside the simulator or you can use another layer on the current timeline. Therefore if you've already got a plane set up as your 'floor', you can use that same layer as a particle deflector.

Cuboid

The cuboid properties enable you to change the shape of the cube and transform it in 3D space.

The Mask option also uses the Deflector as a 3D mask for the particles. Any particles that are behind the deflector from the point of view of the camera will not be visible.

Layer

When using a layer as a deflector you need to select the source layer from the deflector's properties.

The infinite plane option extends the deflector along the axis of the plane in all directions. This can be considerably easier than having to enlarge the layer itself to cover the entire 3D scene.

Layers will only deflect particles from the Z-up direction. If a deflector layer is having no effect, try flipping it 180 degrees in 3D space.

RECAP Deflectors can be used to block the path of particles and create unique physics effects.