This post is really good for beginners, as there is little guess work, as it shows the overall breakdown of each part. This Text only with plenty of pictorial reference. Give it a look!
If you want to learn more about effects and Unity’s particle system, check out these helpful resources.
- Unity3D Particle Systems Manual
- Unity Blog Post on Effects Used in the Adam Short Film
- The book “Elemental Magic, Volume I: The Art of Special Effects Animation” by Joseph Gilland