Introduction: CR-Tutorials Special-Star Wars 2/3-Lightsaber Effect

Adam's tutorial on a free Lightsaber Effect!Make sure you watch the other parts of this special

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YOUTUBEFREEKYOYO made it! (author)2016-09-26

why is it private vid?

spn_phoenix_92 made it! (author)2009-08-20

mhippo's right, it is alot easier to use the shift-click option than drawing the blade. also, I found that it looks much better if you color all 3 layers, just coloring the outside layer makes it too dim & pale. One more thing, is there a FREE program that can export all frames of a video into a folder for you instead of having to take a snapshot of every frame? i hate doing it that way.

Marvin2843 made it! (author)Marvin28432015-12-09

Openshot will create a folder of images from a sequence and then load that sequence back in as video. Openshot is free and very powerful.


WAX 2.0
Kinda old, a little buggy and it appears it's not updated any more. But it's free,easy to use and you can do effects like light sabers without all the switching between apps.

funnydan made it! (author)2011-08-12

Can you use adobe photoshop or illustrator?

hellking made it! (author)2010-02-15

Can i use a tube to represent lightsaber

Iridium7 made it! (author)Iridium72010-03-16

 Yeah. most people use it for referancee

AlternateLives made it! (author)AlternateLives2010-10-27

I might even add some brightly-colored tape (such as blaze orange) on the ends of the tube. it will make tracking easier in post.

airfreak2 made it! (author)2009-05-27

Did you try after affects and permire i have it an im only 12. it makes lightsbers easyer. but i thing the pack for both is like $1000

dfedde made it! (author)dfedde2009-06-30

yo don't need to spend that much you can do it all in blender 3d and blender is free look it up

AlternateLives made it! (author)AlternateLives2010-10-17

but blender has a pretty steep learning curve.

AlternateLives made it! (author)2010-10-17

Rotoscoping (the technique you used) takes way too long in most productions.

It is much easier to use a program to animate the lightsaber using a technique known as Motion Tracking. you pick one or more points (for the lightsaber, I would pick two - one at the tip and one at the hilt) and the program will track the motion of those two points. you can then insert the lightsaber effect on the blade, and it will follow the tracked points. you just saved yourself 5 hours!

Motion Tracking is supported in Anime Studio 6 lite, which will cost you 30 bucks. really cheap.

andrewcool111 made it! (author)2010-04-08

star war is cool how you made it i will try it out.

floryzzz made it! (author)2010-03-31

 its nice with a  photo buth this to much work for a film

billyjoe43yo made it! (author)2010-02-12

 hey. sorry but lsmaker is much easier

boombabyyeah made it! (author)2009-08-02

Where are you from? You have an interesting accent.

teamcoltra made it! (author)teamcoltra2009-10-22

 I dont want to be rude, but I think its an impediment. I have a lisp, so its not like I am putting him down. Just saying. not being able to pronounce 'th's is not part of any accents that I know of. 

tahirhh made it! (author)tahirhh2009-10-03

i tink its an irish accent

rootbeerben3 made it! (author)2009-03-18

Have you tried lsmaker

ChemicalReaction made it! (author)ChemicalReaction2009-05-03

It comes with too many viruses

RMConstruction made it! (author)RMConstruction2009-09-18

Nuh uh. Not Where i got it from, and if you want it just tell me your e-mail and i'll zip and send it, feel free to scan it. And by the way, i use Adobe Premier and Adobe Photoshop.

mhippo made it! (author)2009-06-09

I find that it's easier to draw the blade using the paintbrush and shift-clicking (to draw a straight line) than to make a straight blade using the freestyle select brush.

Instructoguy12125 made it! (author)2009-03-21


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