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Posted: Sat, 1st Apr 2006, 12:35am

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JUIDAR

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Hey anyone who has seen X-MEN will know what I'm talking about here.

I'm looking for someone to make a preset for a "Magneto" force field. You would only see it if you've either read the comic books or watched the old school cartoons.

Something loopable.

The other I was looking for because I haven't been able to get it right is a light saber in the form of a Samarai sword. That's green.


Thanks!
Posted: Sat, 1st Apr 2006, 4:31am

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Axeman

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All good requests. Good job, Juidar. The force field might be a bit tricky, but I'll try look into it and see what I can come up with.

As far as being loopable, one of the great things about the preset system is that the effects are actually created within EffectsLab. This means that rather than using a loop, every frame can be original. This makes for nicer effects, with no additional work in most cases. Unless there is a specific reason you needed it to loop that I'm not aware of.

For a samurai sword lightsaber, you will need to use the freehand shape rather than the 4-point, so that you can get a curve to it, and this one will kind of be up to you, as the shape isn't actually saved in the preset. The core and glow properties are in the preset, and then you can draw it to whatever shape you want. If you hve a sword prop to use as a reference for the blade shape, just follow the edge adding points, then turn up the smooth points slider a bit to get the curve more even. If you need to freehand it, it is going to be a bit tricky to get the shape to stay right as the blade swings around. I would suggest using a total of 10 or 12 points, and a bit of smoothing to get the shape.

Is this effect intended to be a normal-looking lightsaber, but with a bit of a curve to it? Or do you need a preset with different glow and core properties?
Posted: Sat, 1st Apr 2006, 5:12am

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Clintorules

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Are you sure the shape isn't saved in the preset, cause the "tracer bullet" preset comes with the neon light already made, and so does the "Clasic Sith Lightsword" Preset.

Clinto
Posted: Sat, 1st Apr 2006, 5:35am

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Axeman

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Heh, you are absolutely right. I'm an idiot tard Not sure how i missed that. Thanks Clinto. Turns out you can turn the shape on and off when you create the preset, so not all of them have it, but it is entirely possible to do.

I'll see what I can do about creating a samurai sword preset for ya then, Juidar. It will still be trick to get the shape to stay looking right as the blade swings about though. Have Fun!
Posted: Sat, 1st Apr 2006, 5:53am

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JUIDAR

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Thank you so much!

Besides it being green the flickering glow of it being a bit faster than a lightsaber.

And the force field I would appreciate any help what so ever I'm so lost when it comes to doing anything like that.

Thanks again!