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Lightswords: Realistic Lightsaber Glow in a Dark Room

Posted: Mon, 19th Feb 2007, 7:09pm

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Darth Stazz the Powerful

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Hey guys this is darth stazz and this is a tutorial on how to give your lightsaber a realistic glow in a dark room. I’m using effects lab pro for this tutorial so composite users, you’ll have everything minus the saber. Before I begin, let me state that in order for this method to work, your footage and/or picture must be taken in a lit room. OK, let’s begin. Here I have picture of my friend nightbringer holding a lightsaber hilt. I imported normally and placed it on the timeline. Here’s what the picture looks like:

Alright, what I’m gonna do now is copy the picture and paste it above the original picture. So now it looks a little brighter, like this:

Now, I’m gonna ignore that for a second and take a minute to draw out my lightsaber. I’m gonna use a blue lightsaber for this tutorial. After drawing it in, this is what I have so far:

Here’s my timeline:

OK, so, I’ve turned off all layers accept the original picture. From here I’m gonna take that first picture (on the very bottom) and decrease its brightness to -100 (doesn’t have to be that specific darkness). This is what it looks like:

After that, I’m gonna turn off that layer and turn on my duplicate layer. I’m gonna take the duplicate and add a color balance to it, bumping up the blue all the way to 2 and green to about 1.5. The red was left alone. This is what it looks like:

Everything good so far? Ok great, let’s move on. After the color balance, I’m gonna turn my lightsaber effect on again. Then, I will take that picture and add a circle mask to it.

From here, I’m gonna draw the mask to go over the lightsaber and adjust the shape to suit my needs for this tutorial. Make sure the center mark is above the center of the lightsaber:

After, I’m gonna bump the feather to, let’s say, about 100. After that, I’m gonna invert the mask.

After that, turn on all your layers and you have a realistic lightsaber glow lighting up a dark room!

Hope this tutorial has helped you out a bit and if you guys decide to try it out, I’d love to see it! Any questions, let me know, and I’ll try to help you out. Later guys.
Posted: Tue, 20th Feb 2007, 2:08pm

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Pretty cool, I would have never thought to use 2 video layers. +1
Posted: Tue, 10th Jun 2008, 5:36pm

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The pictures are gone.