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Lightswords: Good quality lightsword with only one layer!

Posted: Sun, 12th Feb 2006, 11:13pm

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jrg2134

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Okay I have noticed about 4 other tutorials on how to make good lightswords but I know there are so many different ways to make light swords so I'm going to show you one way.

Of course like any other lightsword you're going to open up a 'Neon Light' onto the canvas/timeline. I am using a 4-Point Lightsword. Now I am making a close up of my shape:



Now you can set the tip and hilt curves to however you want! I also always add a feather to my 4-point shape.

Now I am going to want to go to ‘Neon Glow’ and Then your going to want to change the color attributes. So, now after that your going to want to bring up the color wheel. We’re going to make a blue lightsaber so change the color to turquoise. Now click ‘OK’ Then go a a few spaces to the right and click to add a gradient and then change that color to regular blue.


Then click okay to go back to the canvas area.

Okay, now once you have that I use the spread. I make it as wide as you want your glow to be (don’t jump ahead and start doing size). You should have something that looks like this:




Now you can adjust the size to how you want. You know…What looks best! Remember you don’t want the inner portion of the glow (light blue) to be too thick! You want it to blend with the outer portion of the glow (the darker blue)! Or it’ll look a little rough like this!


You should now have something that looks like:



You can add anything else you'd like...including Size and Spread Randomizers!


Now I wanted to put something together just for fun to perhaps give you guys some ideas! Here are the 2 colors you need to make swords that look similar to these characters (sorry no Luke Skywalker’s, blue or green, but if you want make sure the 1st color is yellow and the second is green….Oh! And for his blue you can use the light blue one labeled ‘Misc.’) :




Note: The last colors will turn out silver if you do it right! Instead of having one color and going over to the right a little and adding another you want the second color gradient marker to go all the way to the end of the gradient line thing!

Enjoy!

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Posted: Sun, 12th Feb 2006, 11:20pm

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Hi, I just want to say that I personally think this is very useful myself smile and it is a really good tip smile +1

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Posted: Sun, 12th Feb 2006, 11:25pm

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Whoa...topcat! I just barely made this and hit the refresh button and was lookink over the pics to make sure i didn't make a mistake and then went down further and Boom!!! There you were!!! Fast responses! Thnx!



P.S. I can make more lightsword color key thingy's like the one above with more characters if you want, etc.
Posted: Mon, 13th Feb 2006, 8:07am

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Great tutorial! +1 Actually I used this method last night for a preset..! wink Very good way to do it with one layer! biggrin Loved the color-"rule" for the different StarWars-characters! wink Great job!

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Posted: Mon, 13th Feb 2006, 9:59pm

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Posted: Mon, 13th Feb 2006, 11:33pm

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WOW great update with the colours jrg2134, more options than the first one smile I would +1 but I have already +1 on the first, sorry

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Posted: Tue, 14th Feb 2006, 12:50am

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Tehe. Thnx for all the comments! You know i could always add more Jedi but that might get some what confusing! Plus "etc" works fine and I think it's more of the colors you want not the Jedi names! So this is all the colors i could think of! If you guys find anymore then great! Post them on!



P.S. You may be wondering why some things in the color key look like they don't belong there. . . .Like Blue Lightswords have Mace Windu under it...Why would it have Mace under it i always thought he had purple? Well this is because I did a little Jedi researching online and found out some cool info about Jedi and some of their lightswords! Yep Mace at one time had blue! Thought I'd let you know so you dsidn't get confused!
Posted: Tue, 14th Feb 2006, 3:53pm

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Well that actually clears it up for me as I was wondering why you put Mace under as blue aswell as purple, but now I know, lol smile

Thanks

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Posted: Tue, 14th Feb 2006, 8:13pm

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Yey!! New color-"rule"-thingy!!! biggrin I love that idea, it really clears things up around to know exactly what color to use! That great, I'm giving it a +1...! wink Keep 'em coming!

Oeyvind

PS: Oh, and I saw you've made some presets out of 'em... Cool! smile
Posted: Tue, 14th Feb 2006, 11:46pm

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ThnX! I also (just a few minutes ago) realized I got my presets up! Keep 'em coming? Well I'm not quite sure....they're fun to make and everything but i can't think of anymore colors! More characters? No problem just need more colors! I guess if you come up with new colors you can PM me or just make your own "rule"! That would probably be easiet! But like I said! I wouldn't mind making more! razz
Posted: Wed, 15th Feb 2006, 12:16pm

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Yeah, well I think maybe I ment the presets, by "keep 'em coming"... I don't know. biggrin Bad placed in the post.. wink Hehe I know that's really stupid.. Anyway, if I get some more colors I'll defenitly PM them to you, for your "rule"! (I don't know what to call it wink )
I liked the Lightsword reflection! biggrin Cool stuff!

Oeyvind
Posted: Wed, 15th Feb 2006, 10:20pm

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Hey Thnx! I don't think it's stupid! Everyone makes mistake (whether this case was you or me. lol) And 'rule' is just fine (that's probably because I don't know what to call it either!). But thanks for the feedback! razz



p.s. you want more lightswords from me? i guess i could make a couple more but i'd more rather like to see your guy's! wink
Posted: Thu, 16th Feb 2006, 1:03pm

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Yeah, I did the "Anakin's lightsaber" the same day that your tutorial got out... I'll try to make a few more..! wink You think lightsabers with colors that never appeared in the films would have been cool? Like magic swords or something! biggrin

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Posted: Thu, 16th Feb 2006, 10:10pm

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Well i put a gold one up that wasn't from the movies! But i think you might have given me an idea!
Posted: Sat, 18th Feb 2006, 9:48pm

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Okay I've got a new idea!. After playing some Battlefront II and watching the lightswords carefully i wanted to try something that ended up looking great! So if you follow my tutorial at the top of the screen with the color, etc.... You can then (on the color gradient thingy) hit the very end of the gradient and select white. Then do the Size--Spread thing and then It looks better (depending on what you think is better)! Well, okay, it's probably only better in darker scenes. But here are a couple tips. Don't make the white to visible but don't make it to invisible. You probably don't want to reconize the glow right off the bat but you do want to see it a little bit.

My Original Tutorial:


My Original Tutorial w/ White glow Tip:




You may not see much difference but try and look closely at it. Very carefully.
Posted: Sat, 18th Feb 2006, 10:09pm

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just wanted to say.. you make the best lightsabers jrg2134 . cool
Posted: Sun, 19th Feb 2006, 3:50am

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jrg2134

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Thnx AlexanderX! Wow...no one's ever said that....i'm kinda shocked that i'm good at something...hehe...okay maybe not but i am shocked about this...I don't have very many comments like that! Thnx! It means alot.

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Posted: Wed, 5th Jan 2011, 11:15pm

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Hey, how would you make the silver lighsaber? Just curious. Great lightsabers by the way. If I could +1 I would smile
Posted: Wed, 1st Jun 2011, 11:06pm

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jrg2134

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hey there Azulon'sAssasin. to answer your question, just play around with it. I would start off with a white inner glow and then end with a bluish-color or blue-gray. the trick is to try and make it look as bright as possible while retaining that gray tinted color.

also, take a look at Redhawksrymmer's tutorial.