The Particle Editor is an engine tool available since Source 2007 on Windows machines. To use it, run your game or mod with
-tools -nop4 on the command line and select 'Particle Editor' from the Tools menu. Make sure that
sv_lan is set to 1 in the console located in the lower-left corner (
To load a map into the engine viewport, look to the console window at the bottom of the screen and type
bind h "ent_fire info_particle_system stop;wait 120;ent_fire info_particle_system start"in the console then use .
Currently Supported Games
Dino D-Day Must use "toolload pet" console command to to launch
Source 2007 Mods
Source 2009 Mods
This screenshot is from Alien Swarm. Earlier versions of the editor look different, but work in the same way.
The top edge of the screen is the main menu. From here you can load and save PCF files, undo and redo actions, and configure your workspace.
- The browser shows the contents of the current PCF file. You can store any number of particle systems in the same PCF. The numbers of parents and children are shown beneath the preview.
- The engine viewport shows whatever the game is currently rendering. You can flip control to and from the game with , and maximise your view with .
- Properties is where the current particle system is edited. You can add, remove and configure new functions and children. Whenever you make a change, all instances of the particle system restart. Tip:You can use your scroll wheel to increase or decrease most values. There are three modifier keys to help with this:
- For increments of 0.1, use
- For increments of 10, use
- To lock the value to 0-1, use
- The preview window shows the current system and its children up close. You can manipulate your view by holding control points for the preview. The "Lock Preview System" checkbox stops the preview from updating when you select a new system, making it easy to edit child systems and see the result in its proper context. To to rotate, to zoom, and to pan. The "Ctrl Pnts" tab lets you configure temporary
The bottom edge of the screen contains a compact developer console. Commands are entered into the left box, while the last line of output is displayed in the right.
- Particle System Overview
- Particle System
- Creating A Fire Particle
- Engine tools
- List of useful SFM tutorials