Lightsaber in Gimp

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Introduction: Lightsaber in Gimp

About: I play bass. Halo is about the best game cept mortal kombat because lets all face it who can actually beat Shao Khan

I will show you how to add a lightsaber glow effect on any picture

Step 1: Open Any Image

Save a picture to my documents or anywhere then run gimp 2.6. File open then find your image.

Step 2: NEW LAYER

Click Layer new layer. Click foreground color and make sure it is black.

Step 3: SCREEN IT

Now look over to the layers tool in Gimp. You will see new layer and the pic will be black. Click it once. Then you see Mode: normal
Click the down arrow and find screen.

Step 4: MAKE THE SABER

Click the paintbrush tool and make sure paint is white. Now go to your image and decide what you want to have as a lightsaber. I chose this guys gun. So i painted over the gun with white.

Step 5: GAUSIAN BLUR

Go to Filter then blur then Gausian Blur and click it. Change horizontal and vertical both to 5.0 then click ok.

Step 6: DUPLICATE LAYER

Go over to layer tool. Find new layer then duplicate 2 times. Now for the two new layers go to filter:blur Gausian blur. For the fist layer duplicated make the blur 10.0 then for the second layer duplicated make it 15.0

Step 7: MERGE DOWN

Go to layer options tool (the place where you duplicated layers) and right click top layer. Merge it down. Then merge next layer down.

Step 8: FUN PART

NOW THE FUN PART. GO TO COLORS COLOR BALANCE. THE SLIDING BARS ADJUST COLOR AND HAVE FUN WITH IT. THEN CLICK OK

Step 9: SCREEN THEN MERGE

SCREEN THAT LAYER IF IT ISN'T ALREADY. THEN MERGE IT DOWN. SERIOUSLY MAKE SURE YOU SCREEN IT.

Step 10: SAVE

FILE SAVE YOUR DONE. I SUGGEST SAVING WITH A DIFFERENT NAME SO YOU CAN KEEP YOUR ORIGINAL IMAGE. CONGRATS! wOOT NOW YOU CAN ALSO USE THIS EFFECT FOR OTHER THINGS SUCH AS LASER EYES, HAND LIGHTNING, MAKING YOUR DOG HAVE RED GLOWING EYES.

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First a suggestion: Don't merge the copies of the lightsaber layer before adjusting color balance. You have WAY more control over the intricacies of your blade's color, core color, and glow like that.

Second, a question: Can gimp be used to put effects on movies? If so, how?

It worked! I did it with my dog's eyes, and it worked! Here is a pic

Glowing Rosi eyes.JPG

ahaahahahaahahah lol nice. thts sumtin to say the least.

how do you get the light saber full colour? when i did the colour balance it only changed the outline color.

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well you have to mess with shadows and the other colors my man

thnks i just didnt have time to get software so i just used a cam. ill get better.

You don't need to get software...you have Vista, and that Instructable is written for taking screenshots in Vista, using MS Paint, which comes with the computer.

but thanks for the screenshot sugggestion i tried it and it works i appreciate the help ALOT

You should add an image note to the light sabre, it's not very obvious L

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It takes about as long as replying to a comment... L

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If you used the line tool and a thick line weight (10-15ish pixels?) your lightsaber would be a lot straighter.

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