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How are members making these high quality, very realistic pics of lightsabers and other Jedi gear?
Requested and Answered by Admin on 28-Mar-2006 18:25 (4476 reads)
It seems the talent of those drawn to this site knows no bounds.

Jax Secura shared some short-cuts to his approach to making these pics and we are reproducing a portion of that thread in this FAQ system for permanant reference.

Jax's method is as follows:

... I use Adobe Photoshop. I didn't use any presets. Here's the steps I followed. If you are not familiar with Photoshop please refer to the Video version of this tutorial by clicking the link below.

Open the image file you want to add a lightsaber effect to.

Create a new layer.

Draw the outline of the "core" with the Polygonal Lasso tool.

Flood fill the selected area white with the Paint Bucket Tool.

Duplicate this layer three times. (If your image is smaller you can get away with only one or two copies)

Select the original layer of the core.

Under the "Layer" menu, select "Layer Style" and "Outer Glow" Change the color to white and move the "Opacity" slider to 100%. Under "size" leave it at 5 px and click ok. This softens the edges of the core.

Select the next layer of core and repeat the previous step, this time change the color to what you want for your lightsaber. Do this to each layer of core that you have left just increase the size of the glow by a factor of 2 for each layer (core- 5, first color layer=10, then 20, and finally 40). And voila!

Play around with the different settings within the Outer Glow window to get the look that you want. Depending on the size and detail of your image the settings will vary.

This tutorial is now available on flash video! Video Lightsaber Tutorial for Photoshop

The audio will start right away. Once the video image appears, restart the video and the Audio and video will play.

Everone is welcome to contribute to this FAQ just as they are to the Forums.


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Published: 2008/4/14 7:18  Updated: 2008/4/14 7:18
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 re: saber gfx
The video appears to now be a dead link... is there an alternative url ?