Light Saber Effects in Photoshop





Introduction: Light Saber Effects in Photoshop

Well being a big star wars fan, one of the first thing I tried in photoshop had to be the light saber, so I tried the simplest method I could think of then which i will be explaining to u below. There is another method that is NOT MINE, but was in the form of a tutorial on _www.ryan-w.com_, which I would be explaining as well. Before this lets keep some points in mind-

1) There are a gazillion more tutorials but none on instructables so here i am

2) I am discribing only the method to add the light saber effect in a picture, (videos are too cumbersome)

Step 1: GET UR PIC!!!!!

Simple get a pic of yourself or anyone holding a stick or a saber. (im using a random pic i found)


-open photoshop
-open pic in photoshop
-picture address


First we take the line tool
-make sure the background colour(top right corner) is white
-set the width of the line at about 8 pixel(8 px)

Now take the line tool and starting from the base of your hand or top of your hilt stretch a line to the desired length. (this white line will be ur saber core)

Step 4: THE GLOW

for the glow goto
-layer style
-outer glow

Playaround with the settings until you get the desired glow.
(i keep the setting at screen, with 100% opacity,0% noise and variable spread and size)


Just save and voila!



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    I like this. My student will go crazy over this! Thanks

    Then the student ended up no so exsited, lol.

    This Tutorial is soo diffitcult to figure out, I don't reccommende this one towards begiunners until thye learn to use this tutorial until they have alot of exspereince with the Photo shop Adoble Program

    For videos, there are a few methods. the most expensive, but best, way to do it is Adobe AfterEffects. This will allow you to track the points on the lightsaber and create a glow on it. method number two is Motion. this program comes with the Final Cut Studio Suite, and is very similar to AfterEffects, except it does not use Keyframes. Finally, Anime Studio will let you tract the motion on a video clip and allow you to drop a lightsaber effect onto the points.

    found layer styles and i'm trying to get into style settings, but it won't let me.  how do i get into it?

     I tried LS maker before and its much more complicated than photoshop itself... and its not flexible.

    I manage to create the light saber in 19 seconds using the above technique :) check it out:

    the best way to get the saber point is to use the pen tool, it also help when you have a weird angle where the blade width will et larger or smaller in propotrion to other things in the image.

    Help! I have Photoshop 4.0, and it won't let me choose Outer Glow in the Layers menu. No matter what I try, I can't manually set outer glow around the white line. What do I do? Is 4.0 too old for this tutorial?