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Masking Neon Light Question [ANSWER]

Posted: Fri, 21st Dec 2007, 4:36am

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carda

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Hello, I was wondering if it is possible to take a neon light and mask it without loosing the glow around the edge (where the mask is placed). I carefully followed the text tutorial here on fxhome, but I still couldn't figure out how to do it.

If anyone can help me out, I would really appreciate it,

Carda.
Posted: Fri, 21st Dec 2007, 6:01am

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Axeman

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Which tutorial are you talking about?

As I recall, there is a way to do it, but i can't seem to figure out what it was. If I do, I'll let you know, but perhaps there is someone else out there who recalls. An alternate way is to not use a mask, but simply create a separate shape for each visible portion of the neon light.
Posted: Fri, 21st Dec 2007, 11:07pm

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carda

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The text tutorial I was speaking of was the "Creating a basic lightsword" tutorial by Tarn.

You can see what I am talking about by looking at the last picture on the bottom of the page.
Posted: Fri, 4th Jan 2008, 9:24am

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Simon K Jones

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Instead of using a mask, create an extra freehand neon light shape in the object, and use that to draw the mask. Make sure you set it to 'transparent shape' and it'll mask the other shapes while retaining the glow.
Posted: Sun, 6th Jan 2008, 4:49am

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carda

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Awsome! Thanks Tarn!
Posted: Sun, 6th Jan 2008, 11:29pm

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What I found that helps me is when you have the Neon Light engine effect on the canvas and you click 4-point, don't just click it once click it another time so you have two 4-point effects on the same Neon Light effect.

Set the curves and feathers on these two points to be exactly the same. Then go to your neon glow settings and it to how you want it (it will effect both 4-point shapes the same). Then when the time comes where you see part of the blade on one side of an actor and the other part on the other side (in other words: the actor from the camera's perspective is in the center of the blade) Have one of the 4-points be for one part of the blade and the second 4-point effect on the other part of the blade.

When you only need one 4-point effect just simply drag one off the canvas.

This may be confusing but perhaps I will write into a tutorial to make it easier.... I am not so good with masks so it has helped me but if you are better with masking and that sort of thing then use Tarn's method.

jrg2134