its everyones dream to have a lightsaber,
unfortunatly science doesnt know how to make a fully functional lightsaber
but after this tutorial you will be able to make lightsabers with your eyes closed

Step 1: first lightsaber program

it is actually a quite simple proccess

first get a picture of somebody wearing some stick wich you can convert into a lightsaber and import it into paint shop pro
i used the picture everyone seems to be using.

NOTE if you dont have paint shop pro then go download a trial, it a very cool program and multi functional not just lightsabers

at download.com you can download a trial of corel paint shop pro x2

first go to layers new and make it transparent

then pick your pen tool and draw a line along the stick

rename your line layer core

duplicate it and make the duplicate have the name glow

get your filling tool and fill up the line the color you want at the glow layer im making green

move your core layer above the glow layer

duplicate glow 2 times

click on 1 of your copy's and go to adjust blur gaussian blur

set radius 5

again other layer radius 10

again last layer radius 15
you will need to fool around with this a bit

congratulations you just made a lightsaber with paint shop pro

It can be done just as well, even if you don't have a picture with someone who has a stick. As long as they have a clenched fist you can do it.
no, wait, Lightsaber Fingers!
hehe, "Lightsaber Fist, ACTIVATE!!"
go to oldversion.com and get psp
Or you could just use the GIMP and that one Lightsabre plugin (not a typo). You just select the blade, run the plugin, choose a color and optionally add an emitter flare. It looks much better than LSMaker, not sure about the Paint Shop Pro method.
this has been done... with these same pictures...
I noticed that too. I also noticed that this is in 6th place in the photojojo contest and that there are plenty more, deserving instructables that should be higher ranked.
not on this site? right? i got the images because everybody uses them and i thought it was funny but i really did it myself
this instructable uses the same picture and method.<br/><br/><a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Light-saber-effects-in-photoshop/">http://www.instructables.com/id/Light-saber-effects-in-photoshop/</a><br/>
same method, other program by the way i showed you a free way and a way on paint shop pro
i know but i figured this out for myself, i used to do video effects lightsabers. now i used my knowledge for another program. i learned it on adobe after effects with this picture so it a little nostalgic got it? happy editing!
Sweet! Thanks, I've been wanting to do this for a while.
=D glad to help, good luck<br/>

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