Instancers (Flying butterflies)

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Feb 28, 2008

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Maya Versions:

6.x, 7.x, 8.x, 2008


irix, linux, mac, windows






Version:  Maya 2008

Hi everyone this is my first tutorial I hope you learn it and

Sorry for bad English 


Step 1:

You must create a character to animate and it must be a cycle animate

You can use any character for this tutorial

I m use a Butterflies for this project and animate it in 23 frame

Remember each peace of character must be freeze transform, delete the histories and group them together

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Step 2:

Now duplicate your character in each frame


Step 3:

In the dynamic menu go to particle tool and create particles in your scene


Step 4:

Now select all duplicate character in your scene and in the particle menu go to instancer option 

Reset menu and set the settings 


Now click the create button


Hide your duplicate character

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Step 5:

Select particle and in the attribute editor => add dynamic attribute => click on general button

Set the setting


Add the attribute

Now go to Per Particle (Array) Attribute

Right click on (random_fly) and hit create expression

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particleShape1.rando_fly = rand(23);


Hit the create button


Now go to the instancer tab in attribute editor


Step 7:

Select particles and bind a uniform field set the magnitude 50 and use a turbulence field and set the magnitude 200 or any value that you want

now play the timeline

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Thank you



View alan3dcreativecrash's profile
Sep 17, 2009
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It is very help full for me.
Can give me the expression for making instancer become different size ?

Sep 19, 2009
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nice...tnx for sharing..

Feb 19, 2010
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hey thanks for sharing

is there a way to make each butterfly follow its own motion path and each flying in its own directions?

thank you

Mar 18, 2010
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so simpile

Aug 19, 2010
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this is simply awesome thanks

Nov 09, 2010
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I am using mac. I am wondering when I reached the step 5, I couldn't change the per particle (array). Did I do any mistake?

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Nov 30, 2010
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you should be more confident about your English , i think yours is better than me .

View mohamed iqbal's profile
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ya i was useful for me

Apr 15, 2012
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Can I get a copy of your butterfly rig please?

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