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black lightsaber tutorial

Posted: Tue, 11th Mar 2008, 11:28pm

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Darth Stazz the Powerful

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my apologies for not having any pictures, but this tutorial is simple.

THIS ONLY WORKS FOR VISIONLAB!!!

first, have your rotoscoped lightsaber keyframes ready for rendering

then, make your core and glow both white

turn off all other layers so that all you see is the white lightsaber

match the render in and out points with the in and out points of the lightsaber effect

render your effect

bring it back into visionlab

set it back in the timeline, matching the in and out points with the effect you just rendered

add an "invert" grade to your new layer

then click away and the lightsaber will now be black. you can turn your other layers back on and continue with your project.
Posted: Wed, 12th Mar 2008, 5:10am

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MillerBros

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There is an easier way! You can do it all in one project; after rotoscoping the lightsaber, turn the neon glow to black, and then go to the 'Info' or 'Atributes' box in the toolbox of the neon light. The composite quality is automatically set to 'screen', so just change it to 'normal'.

jonathan

PS
You can make all sorts of other cool looks to it- look at the other composite options like 'add', 'color burn', 'soft light', etc.
Posted: Wed, 12th Mar 2008, 11:29am

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Darth Stazz the Powerful

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wow, lol, didn't realize that. alright, nevermind my tutorial then

thank you sir doh
Posted: Thu, 13th Mar 2008, 2:45pm

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Axeman

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Keep in mind, too, that there is a forum specifically for tutorials now, to keep them easy to find.