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Layers and Masking

Posted: Fri, 7th Aug 2009, 2:25am

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Apocalypse Studios

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Im currently making a lightsaber battle. How If the camera is pointed at my back and someone swings a saber in front of me, When i add effects how do i get my body in front of my newly created lightsaber blade? Im pretty new with this and never really ever got into masking and layers in any other programs before either =(
Posted: Fri, 7th Aug 2009, 3:00am

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teenagelobotomy

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roto your body
Posted: Fri, 7th Aug 2009, 3:25am

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You have to add a mask to the lightsaber effect, and animate it to follow the shape of your body, so that portion of the effect is removed.

Do yourself a favor and watch the Masking tutorial:

http://fxhome.com/support/video-tutorials/category/4/compositing

The benefits of having visuals to go with the explanation can't be overstated.
Posted: Fri, 7th Aug 2009, 4:59am

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Apocalypse Studios

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Awesome! thanks! =)
Posted: Mon, 10th Aug 2009, 10:35am

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Simon K Jones

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There's actually a better option for lightsabers and neon light effects in general.

While a standard mask will down the job, it has the side effect of also masking the glow itself, which usually isn't what you want.

Instead, try adding a freehand neon light shape and changing its settings from 'Opaque shape' to 'Transparent shape'. This will mask the shape, but retain an edge glow.