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I was able to find some great tutorials on The Gnomon Workshop for learning effects animation. Some of the tutorials are quite expensive but thats life. I did however find some more tutorials on Youtube that I was able to undertake in Maya using particles and sprites, this guy fermicg has tons of videos using all different softwares to get all different types of effects I would defiantly recommend them.
The Gnomon Workshop –
Fermicg, Youtube –