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Posted: Fri, 27th May 2011, 12:59am

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EJR32123

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why wont the neon light let you have light saber with black glow?
Posted: Fri, 27th May 2011, 1:47am

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Darth Stazz the Powerful

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I had the same problem a while back. The answer is simple: The neon light engine is set to "Screen" by default, which eliminates black pixels. Simply set your neon light's composite mode to "Normal" and your problem is solved smile
Posted: Fri, 27th May 2011, 5:26am

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There's also the issue that black can't glow, by definition. "Glow" means "to emit light" and black is the absence of light. This is the key reason that, even if you switch the blend mode to create a black glow, it will never look quite right. It will always look a bit cheesy and more like paint than a lightsaber, because its not possible to get black to glow.

But as far as the technicals of how to pull it off, Darth Stazz is spot on. One technique I've tried on the past is to base the effect more on a so-called black light, or UV light, which is a rich violet (ultra-violet, in fact) color, rather than actually being black.
Posted: Fri, 27th May 2011, 1:29pm

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EJR32123

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Thanks, i cant believe i did not think of that
Posted: Sat, 28th May 2011, 2:28am

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Micah master studios

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Hmm. I was wondering that myself. I learn something new everyday.