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Art Archive The *OFFICIAL* Lightsaber Tutorial Thread.

Discussion in 'Fan Art' started by Rox, Mar 5, 2002.

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  1. Anakin751138 Jedi Padawan

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    Jun 4, 2002
    Does anyone know a good way to make a lightsaber hilt?
  2. ackbar1 Jedi Knight

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    May 20, 2002
    Is anyone using Adobe Photoshop Elements, its what came loaded on my computer. I can get everything on the saber done correctly, except the outer glow. The outer glow is always the color as the inner part of the saber, white. As far as I know, there is no way to choose the color of the outer glow.

    There is a bunch of premade outer glows, like Blue Ghost, Fire, Radioactive, etc. If anyone knows a way to adjust the color of a glow in Photoshop Elements, LMK.
  3. Jedi Girl of Corellia Manager Emeritus

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    Jun 23, 2000
    star 6
    Does anyone know how to do this on GIMP? I'm too cheap to buy adobe... :D ;)
  4. Otis_Frampton LFL Artist, Moderator Emeritus

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    Jan 7, 2001
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    I just wanted to chime in and sing the praises of this technique:

    Lightsaber Blade Tutorial

    I know I've already posted the link, but I must say . . this is a great way to create lightsaber blades. It's easy, and the best thing is . . you can save it as a Photoshop Action and quickly apply it to every image you need it for. I've used it on the last few images I've created and I'm totally sold on it now. Once the action was saved, all I had to do was change the color in the layer style box and VOILA!

    Cool lookin' sabers . .

    -Otis
  5. Valaryc Jedi Knight

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    Mar 6, 2002
    My name is Nick, I go by the handle Master Valaryc. I have added to my site a tutorial on how to make lightsaber blades in Photoshop 5.5+.

    I also have a ton of other things like a Lightsaber Forms study guide, custom saber handle designs, characters, stories etc.

    If you want to see for yourself, check this out here.

    http://jump.to/valaryc

    Drop me a line and tell me what you think!

    -Val/Nick

    PS - Rox, you could have moved my post here.
  6. Valaryc Jedi Knight

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    Mar 6, 2002
    Otis,

    Just wanted to give you kudos on the page formatting for your lightsaber tutorial, mine is a pain in the butt hehe. Thanks for the addition of credit too, I admire your tutorial and your saber handle is very nicely done.

    -Nick
  7. Valaryc Jedi Knight

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    Mar 6, 2002
    Anakin75,

    I use a program called adobe Illustrator for my lightsaber handle work, you can see some of them on my site or in the fanart museum "miscillanous" section of force.net

    Remember that lightsaber hilts, aside from Dooku tend to follow the same formatting, a long cylinder, it is how it's divided or built over that makes it take shape into a unique saber hilt design.

    Seen from the top or side, saber hilts are really easy to make if you pay attention to the general shapes created by the activator box, rings, etc. Basic ones anyway, custom scroll work and more complex casings are another story.
  8. Kenobi217 Jedi Master

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    Jan 7, 2002
    star 4
    I have a problem:

    Whenever I try to feather something, it doesn't work. No matter what the pixel value, it simply stays the same. Can anyone help?
  9. DorkmanScott Manager Emeritus

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    Mar 26, 2001
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    I like AfterEffects personally. Check out the vids at FanFilmFX for tutorials, I think they're the current best.

    M. Scott
  10. Otis_Frampton LFL Artist, Moderator Emeritus

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  11. Anakin751138 Jedi Padawan

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    Jun 4, 2002
    Valaryc,
    Thanks for the sugestion.

    For those that care I made a lightsaber hilt from scratch in Photoshop 6. You can see it here.


    I made the blade using a Photoshop 6 action from here.

    Any comments or suggestions would be great.
  12. Otis_Frampton LFL Artist, Moderator Emeritus

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    Jan 7, 2001
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    I've made my Photoshop 7 Lightsaber Layer Styles available for download! They come in four colors: Qui-Gon Green, Obi-Blue, Windu Purple & Sithy Red!

    Enjoy!

    Otis Frampton's Lightsaber Styles

    -Otis
  13. Master Salty Jedi Grand Master

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    Apr 18, 1999
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    Up for people that want to make lightsabers.
  14. Otis_Frampton LFL Artist, Moderator Emeritus

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    <<Up for people that want to make lightsabers.>>

    I second that.

    -Otis
  15. AERYN_SUN Jedi Grand Master

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    Apr 1, 2001
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    i've never actually did made a lightsabrer in photoshop, but it's still good to know how do it.
  16. beafet Jedi Grand Master

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    Mar 12, 2001
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    I have a rather simple way to use for photoshop 4.0


    1. Create a new layer
    2. Use the line tool to draw the white core
    3. Use the Magic wand tool to select the line
    4. right click outside the selection and choose feather
    5. without deselecting, use the fill (paint bucket) tool to add whatever color you want as the glow.

    You can add a lens flare to the hilt to make it even better.
  17. Otis_Frampton LFL Artist, Moderator Emeritus

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    Jan 7, 2001
    star 4
  18. quigon_brian Jedi Master

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    Aug 16, 2001
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    I'm new to this section of the forums, and I didn't think I saw this tutorial. In the fanfilms section here at TFN, this is pretty much the definitive way of doing lightsabers in PhotoShop: Ryan Wieber's PhotoShop Lightsaber Technique.
    It's a video (about 5.6 Mbs), so it's extremely easy to follow. It's basically the same in all versions of PhotoShop I think. Hopefully this will help anyone that needs it.
  19. quigon_brian Jedi Master

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    Aug 16, 2001
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    I'm new to this section of the forums, and I didn't think I saw this tutorial. In the fanfilms section here at TFN, this is pretty much the definitive way of doing lightsabers in PhotoShop: Ryan Wieber's PhotoShop Lightsaber Technique.
    It's a video (about 5.6 Mbs), so it's extremely easy to follow. It's basically the same in all versions of PhotoShop I think. Hopefully this will help anyone that needs it.
  20. Otis_Frampton LFL Artist, Moderator Emeritus

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    Jan 7, 2001
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  21. Otis_Frampton LFL Artist, Moderator Emeritus

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    Up . . for those may be new around here.

    -Otis
  22. Nerak Jedi Youngling

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    Apr 28, 2002
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    If you want to make a Lightsaber and you have Photo shop 7.

    And if you have EyeCandy your good. This for comic book or drawing kinda Lightsaber. First you got to do the Filter Gradent Glow, then you do Corona. You swhich it inside, and adjust the white glow. This gives it that cool white center glow, whill haveing out color glow, just make sure you do this with layers. Dont just pile everything on to it.
  23. Otis_Frampton LFL Artist, Moderator Emeritus

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  24. Nerak Jedi Youngling

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    Apr 28, 2002
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    How does it work

    EDIT: I tryed it and nothing happened, I placed it in the styles folder

    How do I get this thing to work
  25. Otis_Frampton LFL Artist, Moderator Emeritus

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    Jan 7, 2001
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    You have to un-zip it first (obviously), then import it into the Styles Tab in Photoshop.

    If you need more info, let me know and I'll post a better "How-To" later on when I'm at home on the ol' PC.

    -Otis
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