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Lightswords: Cutting through a Wall

Posted: Sun, 5th Mar 2006, 12:18am

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jrg2134

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Now I’m not quite sure how much this’ll help but I thought it was kind of useful.
I don’t know if FXHome will accept effects like these but I can try. The reason I didn’t just submit it right away is because I’m a little worried that it would have turned out as kind of a tutorial so I just decided to make one!

Now You probably don’t know what I’m talking about. This special effect is when a lightsaber cuts through something small like a pipe and also as if a lightsaber were cutting through a wall.



A Lightsaber cutting through a Wall or Door

Step 1 Click and drag the neon light engine to the timeline or canvas. And then choose freehand draw.

Now you should already have a lightsaber that looks like it’s cutting through the wall like this:

I don’t have a pic or a wall now so I’m going to use a fence (which works just as fine)!


Step 2 Once you have clicked the freehand draw you need to click twice on the lightsword then each frame keep going up with the lightsword (of course because of keyframe animations you probably don’t need to do each and every frame)! Then go once the sword is done going through the wall go back and make sure you close the shape. The width should be no more then the tip or the lightsaber And I would put smooth points up all the way…but of course that is freely your choice! It should look somewhat like this:

Step 3 Okay. Now you’ll need to click Animate and then put the feather up to what ever looks best!



Step 4 Now change the color to a yellowish color and then about half-way on the color bar thing make a new color gradient slider and then change it to Orange. Like this:


Step 5 According to my Lightsword Tutorial it tells you about how the the size and spread should be. Make it just like that however do not do any Randomizers we do not want it to flicker. Once you have it to a reasonable state change the Core Feather to a position you like! I used 22. Now it should look like this:


Step 6 Now comes the hard part. Select a mask. Make it go around the effect like this:

Step 7 Now, you have to (use keyframe animation to) move the mask along with he lightsaber. An easier way to do this is to click on the canvas (hold it down) and move it over the little red emitter point thingys (they look like little diamonds and they’re red) and then they will turn green and if you click on one and try to move it the rest will go in chronological order. Like this:



Step 8 Once you have gone all the way around you are pretty much done with that!
Now onto the after effect of the burnt wood (or whatever your cutting with the lightsword!).

How to create the burnt after effect.


Step 1 First you want to go to the part where the lightsword is finished cutting through the wall. Go about ten more frames over and copy the lightsword and then paste it in the spot where the timeline marker’s at!

Step 2 Now you have to do a number or things.
1. Change the composite Attributes to Normal, to do this you have to click on the purple bar on the left of the timeline that says Neon light.
2. Change the core to black.
3. Change the first gradient of the glow a dark gray color and the next black.
4. Also don’t forget to delete the mask! wink

Step 3 Now go back to the first effect (the lightsaber cutting through wall) and the frame right before the black burnt effect go to the Freehand draw and click on the transparency to satisfy that you have it on 100%! (this’ll make it so the keyframe will know to keep it 100% all the way to this part) Then go about 10-20 frame further (to the right) and then change the transparency to 0% so it’ll kind of “fade out”! Then go back to the space that you satisfied yourself to 100% and go back up to the burnt effect. And then again “satisfy yourself” at 0% (instead of 100%) (make sure you click the freehand draw up at the top!) Then go to the same place you did before (10-20 frames). And set it from somewhere between 15-20% or whatever looks best (it doesn’t look to good at 100% because it looks to dark and cheesy)!

Now take a look at it! (I would Suggest hitting the RAM button) So, what do you think!?





Also if you’d like to have a lightsword cut through a pipe or something. Do whatever to have the pipe cut in half and use this technique just don’t use a mask and make a full circle instead of one that has a hole in the middle. Or you could just do 4-point and adjust the tip and hilt curve.


Feel free to add any smoke or optics!

Enjoy! And May the Force be with You!
Posted: Wed, 5th Jan 2011, 12:54pm

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Azulon'sAssassin

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Well, ui understood it for the most part, but mabey you should make a video tutorial or mabey go back and check over it. Sometimes it just all sort of ran together.



I liked this tutorial, but would it be possible to make the neon effect black and get rid of the glow to make it look more like a pencil mark?
Posted: Wed, 5th Jan 2011, 1:36pm

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Fxhome Dude

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Azulon'sAssassin wrote:

Well, ui understood it for the most part, but mabey you should make a video tutorial or mabey go back and check over it. Sometimes it just all sort of ran together.



I liked this tutorial, but would it be possible to make the neon effect black and get rid of the glow to make it look more like a pencil mark?
Umm, this post is over 4 years old and the author last posted 8 months ago. Heh.
As for the question-Try changing the core color and decreasing the glow on it. The may look somewhat dark enough for what you're after.
Posted: Wed, 1st Jun 2011, 11:11pm

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jrg2134

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yes, do what he said. if you have problems with the dark core remember to change the blending settings to normal (if you own the proper version of software that allows you to do that).

and yes, sorry that is has been several months. i am still a loyal fxhome user, i check the website weekly i just sometimes forget to log in or check back on these posts. thanks for the support though, glad i could still help years down the road wink