And welcome to the wonderful world of fluids, My name is Aziz Khan and I will be your guide through this tutorial and I hope you all will enjoy doing this. In this tutorial we will explore some of the tools and options of fluid to create melting text effect like smoke. This tutorial is very handy for those of you who are looking to add something different and rather cool to your short movies or demo reel headers and intros.
Fluid effect is one of the powerful tools, that you can find inside Maya. It can achieve realistic result easily within a few minutes if you have experience and have a very creative mind. I would suggest that before you attempt to follow this tutorial, you should at least have a basic knowledge of the program first.
Ok lets get started.
Step 1 :
First of all we need some text, this can either be saved as a targa, or jpeg format. It doesn't matter what text your are going to write all it needs is to have a black background. Here, I'm going to show you what I mean
Step 2 :
Ok, now open up Photoshop and create new document, with the same setting as shown in the image below. Note : The setting is just for this tutorial and you' re not bound by the sizes I've used. So you can use any desired size you like (If you feel a little lazy and don't wont to create these images, you may download it from (here) but I suggest that you to do create it by yourselves).
Step 3 :
With your new file open, write anything you like. In this case I wrote the words below, make sure your background is black and save it as a targa or jpeg and name it density.
Step 4 :
Now, create one more with the same setting and then change the text color to whatever you like, and then save it out again as a targa or jpeg and name it color like the picture below.