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Multiple layers of glow?

Posted: Sat, 17th Dec 2005, 6:38pm

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JediMaster33

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Hi Guys,

I love the new Effects Lab Pro, its awsome! I was wondering if you can take essentially a three layer neon effect and save it as a preset or are you working on this as a possible thing for the future? Three layers makes really authentic lightsaber blades and blaster shots. It would be nice if you could do the rotoscoping and then apply the effect with all the layers when it is done.

Thanks,

JM33 cool
Posted: Sat, 17th Dec 2005, 11:18pm

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Joshua Davies

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Can you upload a screenshot of what you're trying to do. The gradient glow makes it possible to have multiple layers of glow inside 1 effect.
Posted: Sun, 18th Dec 2005, 7:22am

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JediMaster33

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Hi Schwar,

Here is what I am trying to accomplish with the preset.
Please post detailed info on how to use the gradient tool to do this. I haven't had much luck.



Thanks,

JM33 cool

P.S. It even flickers like the ones in the movies.
Posted: Sun, 18th Dec 2005, 11:43am

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Obi Wan Kenobi

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Try using a real high feather, then up the contrast. You'll only have to use one layer! It gives a shiny effect around the edge of the blade, that can't be accomplished with the gradient tool because even if one percent of the gradient is done with one colour, it'll still cover half of the glow, if you have a high spread.
Posted: Sun, 18th Dec 2005, 11:51am

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Joshua Davies

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I'm not happy with the way its working, going to change the glow renderer either in the next update or the one after that.
Posted: Sun, 18th Dec 2005, 11:37pm

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pcremag

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JediMaster33 wrote:

Hi Schwar,

Here is what I am trying to accomplish with the preset.
Please post detailed info on how to use the gradient tool to do this. I haven't had much luck.



Thanks,

JM33 cool

P.S. It even flickers like the ones in the movies.
That's gonna be an awesome Preset smile
Posted: Tue, 20th Dec 2005, 10:04am

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JediMaster33

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Hey Schwar,

Is there any way to program a feature to "add" more glow layers to a solid layer when using the neon light tool?
(ie: Push a button to add more layers of glow, as needed. Each with its own set of attributes.)
Then making more realistic presets would be real easy and we would not need to rely on the gradient part of the tool. But, I agree, the gradient glow part does need to be fixed. Also, pcremag, it will be an awsome preset! biggrin

Peace out,

JM33 cool

P.S. I plan to make all the colors, so people have a base of colors to choose from.

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Posted: Tue, 20th Dec 2005, 10:06am

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Joshua Davies

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Hmm, multiple layers of glow is hard as they would add to each other too quickly and become white (or near white like 1 sword over another). It would be much harder to control than the gradient once we change the way that works.

We are working on the update currently, I expect it in version 1.0.937 or 1.0.938.

1.0.936 is out today.

Colour presets sound cool! smile
Posted: Tue, 20th Dec 2005, 10:12am

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JediMaster33

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Is it possible to acheive the above effect with a gradient though?

Maybe.
Posted: Tue, 20th Dec 2005, 10:15am

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Joshua Davies

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Yeah, thats exactly what it should do. smile
Posted: Tue, 20th Dec 2005, 10:27am

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JediMaster33

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Cool, I can't wait to the the final outcome. Thanks and keep up the great work.

JM33 biggrin
Posted: Wed, 21st Dec 2005, 2:53am

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digitalshadowfilms

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schwar wrote:

Hmm, multiple layers of glow is hard as they would add to each other too quickly and become white (or near white like 1 sword over another). It would be much harder to control than the gradient once we change the way that works.

We are working on the update currently, I expect it in version 1.0.937 or 1.0.938.

1.0.936 is out today.

Colour presets sound cool! smile
.936 is out today??? I checked and it looks like it is still listed a .935 is that an error and the software has actually been updated?

-j
Posted: Tue, 10th Jan 2006, 8:47am

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JediMaster33

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Hi Schwar,

The gradient glow on the new version is better, but the glow should come off of the edges of the white part of the neon object. (Instead of from the center of the object out.)
It should follow the contour of the white part of the object. I don't know if this is possible to code this. It you could do this, it would match my photos exactly. (A three layer glow.)

But, it is a major improvement over what you had.

Keep up the great work, you guys are great!

Thanks,

JM33 cool