Trapcode Form 2 keeps the beautiful organic shapes that you love while adding amazing 3D object support and powerful Particular 2 controls. Words dissolve into sand, a logo catches on fire, and now 3D sequences explode into particles. Give your base form endless 3D possibilities by importing OBJ models, OBJ sequences or starting with our professionally designed presets. Supercharge the form with popular Particular features like Textured Polygon particles and Shading for AE lights. Form 2 has tools that work for the high-end motion designer, the professional VFX compositor and every artist in between. With its reorganized interface and better integration into After Effects, Form has grown alongside your creative needs.


Trapcode Form 2 can also be purchased as part of the Trapcode Suite


Trapcode Form 2 New Features

  • Bring OBJ’s into After Effects with Form’s support for 3D models and 3D sequences
  • Get the Particular 2 features you love, like Textured Polygon and Streaklet particle types
  • Illuminate your particles with Shading for visual depth and tight integration to AE lights
  • Full Layer Map support gives advanced animation control over particle size, rotation and color
  • Expanded Spherical Field features let you distort a sphere into any elliptical shape
  • Full integration with After Effects' 3D environment including camera and lights
  • Great for generating fluid lines, looping backgrounds and text effects
  • Audio Reactors make it easy to sync animation to a soundtrack or voice
  • Presets designed by Guru animator Harry Frank get Form projects started quickly
  • Backward compatibility with Form 1 projects


Unlimited 3D possibilities with OBJ import

Go beyond grids and spheres with Form’s brand new OBJ Importer. Now your base form can take any shape imaginable, including animated models designed in your favorite 3D applications. Import a static or animated OBJ, and Form will automatically convert its vertices into particles for a fast start to a sophisticated animation. You get complete 3D support from new features like orthographic viewing, Shading and Layer Maps.


Super-powered by Particular 2

It’s a Trapcode mashup! We brought the Particular 2 features you love into Form 2 and reorganized the interface so it is immediately familiar. Particular’s Textured Polygons give you an exciting new particle type that can rotate in 3D space. Add 3D depth to your particles with the power of Shadowlets and natural light fall-off, and work more easily with 3D Cameras using World Transform and Motion Blur. Form 2 has the versatility of Particular 2 but with a completely unique creative twist.


Your recipe for original organic shapes

Your favorite features of Form 1 have been improved with tons of creative options. Expanded particle types and professionally designed presets help you animate beautiful organic 3D shapes and backgrounds. Layer Maps now support fluid base forms like Layered Spheres and OBJs, and have a Rotation group that rotates particles with precision. Spherical Field has new Size X, Y and Z controls that stretch spheres into a variety of elliptical shapes. We can’t wait to see what you do with Form 2.




Form & Particular
We’ve added your favorite Particular 2 features, like Textured Polygons, Streaklets, Shading and Shadowlets. These popular features and their familiar layout give you an improved workflow and a more streamlined design experience. If you already love Particular, then you will be instant friends with Form 2.

Give any shape to your Base Form
In Form 2, the base shape for your particles is unlimited. That’s right, folks... NO LIMITS. The Form 1 base shapes of grid, sphere and rectangle are still available. But you now have complete control over the Base Form with improved options for custom shapes, and the new OBJ importer loads in any 3D model or 3D animation.

Animation ecstasy with new Particle Types
Two new Particle Types give birth to awesome animation. Streaklet particles can generate intricate organic designs like ribbons and light trails. Textured Polygons load in any image as the particle source and let you rotate and shade those particles in 3D, for animated sequences like falling leaves and twisting snowflakes.

Deeper control with Layer Maps
We added advanced options to give you deeper control over Layer Maps. You can now apply layer maps to 3D Base Forms like OBJ models and Sphere Layered objects. The new Rotation Layer Map lets you control the orientation of your particles, and an Invert Map checkbox saves you from the hassle of additional pre-comps.

Natural shading with Shadowlets
The new Shadowlet rendering lets particles cast shadows onto other particles, adding realistic shadowing from a single light source. Combined with the new dynamic light falloff support for After Effects lights, your particles and composites look better than ever.

Let audio take control
Built-in Audio Reactors generate mind-blowing visuals. Use the Audio Reactors to easily apply variables like motion, dispersion, size and twist so your particles organically react to the frequencies you desire. Tap your fingers to the beat as water droplets ripple to a bass guitar, or Streaklets pulsate to your subject’s voice.

Get the 3D party started
Because it does so much, Form 2 has alotta parameters. We aim to get you kickstarted with the new 3D tools. Animator Harry Frank’s professional presets quickly load in primitive 3D OBJ forms for a creative starting point, and his free video tutorials give a great introduction to using Form.




View Red Giant Trapcode Form 2 Videos Here

Specifications & Licensing

System Requirements

Our tests have shown that our products perform best when used with the system configurations listed below. Although many of our products will run on older or less-powerful systems, those listed below are the minimum system requirements which we support.

Apple Macintosh

  • Mac OSX 10.4.11 and later
    Mac Intel
    1 GB of RAM
    30 MB of Hard Drive space

PC / Windows

  • Windows XP SP1 or later
  • Windows Vista 32-bit and 64-bit
  • Pentium 4 2.4 GHz or faster (or AMD equivalent)
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 30 MB of Hard Drive space

Host Applications

Trapcode Form runs only in After Effects. Each purchase and serial number allows the owner to use the product on a single computer. Except where noted, the features are the same in all operating systems.

Adobe After Effects CS5.5, CS5, CS4


Adobe After Effects Compatibility
Host OS After Effects 6.5 After Effects 7 After Effects CS3 After Effects CS4 After Effects CS5 After Effects CS5.5
Mac OS X 10.6      
Mac Intel OS X 10.5      
Mac Intel OS X 10.4            
Mac PowerPC 10.4 & 10.5            
Windows 7 64-bit      
Windows 7 32-bit          
Windows Vista 64-bit      
Windows Vista 32-bit          
Windows XP          
Linux 32-bit            
Linux 64-bit            

- Compatible with Host Application version

- Not compatible with Host Application version

Additional Info

Upgrades / Support
Trapcode Form 2.0 - Released 8/23/2011
Upgrades from Trapcode Form 1.x are available through RFX.