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How to make the lightsaber look like it's casting light on the environment with EffectsLab
Have you ever thought it would have been cool if the lightsaber looked like it was casting light on the environment? Well, it's actually very simple to make! To make your lightsabers more belivable, you can use this method to make the lightsabers cast lightspill on whatever is around it.
Firstly you rotoscope your lightsaber. You choose the colours and all of that. (You can enhance the look of your lightsabers by using Redhawksrymmer's tutorial.) Anyway, when you've done all the rotoscoping and are happy about the look of the lightsaber itself, it's time to move on. My example footage now looks like this:
What you now do is to duplicate the neon light track on the timeline. Right click on the neon light and select "Copy Object".
Now right click someplace over the neon light and select "Paste 'Neon light' Object".
So what you do is to go back to the first track again. (They'll both be identical now) So you click on the lower neon light track, and the toolbox's options will change.
In the toolbox you set the composite mode to "Multiply" which gives the neon light the kind of light we want it to have.
Now you click on the "Neon Glow" to be able to change the glow properties.
All depending on your shot, lightning, framing, how far away the blade is and such, you set the amount of glow it's going to have. First set the "Size" slider all the way to 0. Now you can really fine tune with the "Spread" slider how big the area that's being affected is going to be. When you've descided that, slide up the "Size" slider again to whatever you like. For my example footage this is quite nice:
Your shot should now have a colored tint in the areas where the lightsaber glows. My example footage looks now like this:
That's pretty cool! But it might be a little too much, so you click "Grade".
And then you can use the "Transparent" option to descide the amount of power the glow shall have. You can also use different grading tools like "Ambient Light", "Color Balanse" or "Brightness" to adjust the glow to your liking. Play around!
Now it should look pretty cool! My example footage looks now like this: