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Instancers (Flying butterflies)
Instancers (Flying butterflies)
iranimation, updated 2016-06-28 00:45:03 UTC 70,519 views  Rating:
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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



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



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



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

scene file




Thank you



  • alan3dcreativecrash

    alan3dcreativecrash said about 9 years ago:

    It is very help full for me. Can give me the expression for making instancer become different size ?
  • arman generalao

    arman generalao said about 9 years ago:

    nice...tnx for sharing..
  • steve_peh

    steve_peh said almost 9 years ago:

    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
  • mano manoj

    mano manoj said over 8 years ago:

    so simpile
  • Landkeeper

    Landkeeper said over 8 years ago:

    this is simply awesome thanks
  • yohana.susanto

    yohana.susanto said about 8 years ago:

    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?
  • huanqing2008

    huanqing2008 said about 8 years ago:

    you should be more confident about your English , i think yours is better than me .
  • mohamed iqbal

    mohamed iqbal said over 6 years ago:

    ya i was useful for me .
  • nyitart

    nyitart said over 6 years ago:

    Can I get a copy of your butterfly rig please?
  • zhang lianglong

    zhang lianglong said over 2 years ago:

    Can download

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