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Creating liquid flow with the help of RealFlow

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VFX artist Vikrant Dalal reveals the top tools and techniques for using RealFlow to create liquid effects...


Hello everyone, I'm back again with a new tutorial that will help you to create liquid flow using RealFlow software. As with my previous tutorial, we'll be making with the minimum parameters, so get ready for one more exciting tutorial!

You might have seen this kind of effect in TV commercials, as they are often used to enhance the look of a product or shot. There are a number of software that can give this type of liquid effect, for example, Naiad, RealFlow and Houdini, but in this tutorial I'll show you how I created this effect with the help of RealFlow.

I can't teach you each and every parameter of this software, as this software is very vast and needs a lot of time to go through. So as far as the liquid flow is concerned we will learn as much as required for this particular tutorial only.

So get ready for this exciting tutorial!

The liquid flow effect we'll be creating using RealFlow

Create a new project

As we have seen in a lot of software, first we work on a file and then we save it in our specific folder with specific name. But in this software we can create the folder first and allocate the proper name of the file before working on it.

So let's create a file and folder. First, start the RealFlow application and you will see the Project management window ? this is where you can set the file name and specific folder. Go to the Project Name tab and type the file name as appropriate and then move ahead to location, where you have to follow the path of specific folder, to determine where you want to save the file.

For example:
? File Name: Liquid Flow
? Location: D:/Tutorial
? Full Path: D:/Tutorial/Liquid Flow/Liquid Flow.flw

Now Hit the CREATE A NEW PROJECT button, and you can see that our file is ready to go.

This is the startup Project management window

Scene scale

Now we have to change the Scene Scale of our project file, because if we kept it default (which is 10) then it will take a lot of time to simulate. So let's reduce this amount. First go to Scale Option and change the Geometry Scale from
10 to 1.

Setting the scale options

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