Creating fire in Adobe After Effects with no plugins

I was working on a little side project and I really wanted to create a fireball flame effect. Knowing my way around After Effects, I knew this could be done using particles. I began to play, but I wasn’t quite getting the result I was after. So, I began to search YouTube for a good tutorial. I love YouTube, you can generally find something that is of interest. In this case, I found an excellent tutorial on creating flame effects with no plug in.

Firstly, here is what I created from the tutorial that I found.

Now here is the tutorial created by QuickVFX that I followed to create the effect above.

QuickVFX has a whole bunch of other useful tutorials, so be sure to check out the QuickVFX channel here.