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Lightswords: Glow affection

Posted: Fri, 24th Mar 2006, 1:44pm

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Oeyvind

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TUTORIAL
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! wink


Now it should look pretty cool! wink My example footage looks now like this:
http://www.filelodge.com/files/room11/279680/Example%20clip.wmv

Enjoy! biggrin
Oeyvind

Last edited Fri, 24th Mar 2006, 4:35pm; edited 1 times in total.

Posted: Fri, 24th Mar 2006, 3:17pm

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Redhawksrymmer

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Nice tutorial, but I think the light on the actor is a bit too dark. It should more brighten up the image a bit. +1

(Nice with a link to my tutorial smile)
Posted: Fri, 24th Mar 2006, 3:51pm

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Oeyvind

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Hey thanx! Yeah well the light can be easily adjusted with the different grading tools, so it's just to play around. (Actually the last example pic is without the transparent filter, so the finished FINISHED result is the video link.)

Oeyvind
Posted: Fri, 24th Mar 2006, 7:30pm

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JT9

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Nice job I have to give this a try soon. smile +1! biggrin
Posted: Sat, 25th Mar 2006, 12:30am

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starfan

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strong with the saber you are, oeyvind-a dark jedi become you will razz


nice tutorial. +1 from me too
Posted: Sat, 25th Mar 2006, 5:36am

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jrg2134

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Yeah, i also enjoyed it! +1 keep 'em comin'!
Posted: Mon, 27th Mar 2006, 9:49am

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Cogz

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Very good tute, nice to see a new perspective on how to make lightswords even cooler smile

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