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Mask a lightsaber while retaining edge glow? [ANSWER]

Posted: Tue, 15th Aug 2006, 10:14pm

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frodo1987

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Ok, I was wondering if there is a way to mask a lightsaber while keeping the glow around the edges of the masked object (like someone's head) the same. As in this picture:


Is this at all possible? Thanks!
Posted: Wed, 16th Aug 2006, 1:00am

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Redhawksrymmer

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If you make another freehand lightsaber shape and use it as a transparent mask, it should work. Let me know if you come across any problems. smile
Posted: Wed, 16th Aug 2006, 2:48am

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frodo1987

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Um.....I dunno what any of that means....lol. I just got ELab pro almost a month ago, so I'm still learning...
Would you be so kind as to explain for me?

BTW, I loved your tutorial and presets on and of ILM lightsabers!
Posted: Wed, 16th Aug 2006, 8:19am

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Cogz

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Right, this is how to do it.

1) Add a 4-point neon light object, draw a large square somewhere on the canvas
2) Click on the "neon shapes" bar on the timeline, you should see the filter browser on the right, double click on the freehand shape. This is going to add another shape to your neon light object.

Timeline should look like

1: Neon light
> Neon shapes
>> Freehand
>> 4-point

Now draw your freehand neon light object, making sure it overlaps the 4-point shape. Click "animate" for the freehand shape in the "neon shape inspector"

3) Most important step, in the "neon shape inspector" in the toolbox on the right, under your freehand shape, you should see an option which currently says "Opaque shape", change this to "Transparent shape"

This will remove parts of the 4-point neon light object using your freehand neon light object, thus creating the effect you are after.

Hope this explains it ok for you!
Posted: Wed, 16th Aug 2006, 7:11pm

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frodo1987

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Ahhhh! Perfect! Thanks a heap, guys!