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Lightsaber tutorial by nico89-fx Lightsaber tutorial by nico89-fx
A simple lightsaber tutorial, showing the way i do lightsaber effects in Photoshop. It shows only the movie's colors, but you can tweak 'em to achieve other effects.

EDIT : More than ten thousand views! Thank you all for your comments, faves and views. Thanks, really.
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MandalorianKnight Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
That will be very useful in the future.
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nico89-fx Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad you think so, If you do something with it, let me know!
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MandalorianKnight Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Will do.
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77TN Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015
Cool
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nico89-fx Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad you think so!
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THE-Darcsyde Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
how can/do you make the black background disappear so you can use the lightsaber in other pics? 
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nico89-fx Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
set the flattened layer (after the final step) to screen or add (depending on how strong/blown out you may want the effect to be) and you're set!
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THE-Darcsyde Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
it worked!
Thanks!!!
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Hawkfan2323 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014
What Photoshop version do you use?

I use CS4 Extended.
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nico89-fx Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I still use CS6, but it doesn't matter, as this uses just gaussian blur and a color correction tool. Could've been done with any version of PS, I think I used CS1 for this back then (or maybe even 6.0), but I wouldn't know.
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kuzco890 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
May The Force be with you... CURSE YOU! 
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ashali3 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol! one of m fav quotation. :)
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Shingo-Kanji Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014
Wow!!!! I like it~Love 
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AjDrawer Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013
About the fade thing, i reached to9 the third step, then when i try to fade, the system won't let me. The fade option was grayed out. Help? And does it really necessary?
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nico89-fx Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Actually, if you create a layer for each blur instance, you don't. That kind of helps you manage less layers before you end up flattening. Since that's always near the end, you may do as you see fit. I encourage you to try, and try and then try some till you get the look YOU want. That's the key to all this.
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Althyra-Nex Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
can you tell me what "anchor points" mean with the line tool?  Because I'm a bit confused, the line tool doesn't have anchor points and no matter what i do, i can't get it to look like a pointed and rounded blade.  Any help on that?  (I use photoshop cs6 if you're wondering)
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SagittariusRose Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Student General Artist
Awesome and easy tut!
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MasNielk Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
didnt work
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nico89-fx Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
which part? I assume the coloring process, on which most people miss the part where they have to flatten the blurred layers with the black background for color balance/curves/levels/hue saturation to work properly. If you don't, every pixel is white with a different level of opacity, if you do, they become shades of grey, and you can color correct those.
Hope that helps.
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MasNielk Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
oh i didnt merge it with the background because i want the lightsaber to go on another layer
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nico89-fx Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A black background layer (as shown in the tutorial), which is additive modes' neutral color, hence it won't show up whilst still making your pixels become grey-ish. Then of course you can have your original plate in the back.
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Agacora Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Cool, I use a similar technique to create my lightsaber blades.
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Lindale-FF Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How would this work in GIMP? Is it fairly similar? Entirely different?
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nico89-fx Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's almost the same thing, you've got additive blending modes, color correction tools like color balance and curves, so you should have no trouble following the instructions. I suggest you give it a try. If you have any questions I'll be happy to help, but I've just tried, having almost never used gimp before in my life, and i got it to look fairly similar within a couple of minutes.
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bigtukker Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
I tend to use the rectangle tool instead. The line tool gives me weird angles...
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nico89-fx Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, yeah, rectangle tool, even the pen tool, so long as it works for you, it's just a different means to the same end.
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SpiderTrekfan616 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome tutorial, May the force be with you.
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nico89-fx Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, with you as well =)
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Lehka Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
Woah, thanks a lot! I was looking for a tutorial like this, and yours is very helpful! <3
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Cracked-Skull Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012
Very helpful. :D
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nico89-fx Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad you think so! Thanks for the comment & fav! =)
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Cracked-Skull Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
no prob.
I was planning on doing an artwork with lightsabers.
This tutorial will definitely help me get the effect I want :D
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PlagueInfected Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
where was this when I needed it lol. I had to make the lightsaber without a tut and it didn't turn out as near as good as this :) thanks.
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nico89-fx Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, maybe it'll help next time. It's been around for ages.. Too bad you didn't find it earlier. Glad you liked it and took the time to comment on it, tough. Thanks for stopping by! =)
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PlagueInfected Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
ya anytime. For some reason I can't get the color placement to work when I merge the layers together. it didn't work well for me but I did manage to do it alternatively that gave the same results :)
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nico89-fx Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, I saw your tut on your own version.
The reason you can't get the coloring to work is because you are likely not merging the blurred saber layers and the black layer together. If you don't, then all the pixels are white with differring levels of opacity, instead of some being gray, thus allowing color balance to distinguish between midtones/highlights and all that. Setting it to an additive mode like screen or add gets rid of the black so that it doesn't get in the way. Plus, it gives a more realistic feel than using normal as a transfer mode, which looks overlayed rather than composited.
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PlagueInfected Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Nice, I'm going to try that right now.
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Bluesplendont Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
I pick blue. Can't say no to my favorite color
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nico89-fx Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
As would I =)
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Bluesplendont Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012
Cool
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Flashshadow Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awsome tutorial. :D
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nico89-fx Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, glad you think so =).
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dorkycats Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Great tutorial. :iconbigmeowplz:

My first attempt to color my lightsaber effect [link]
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nico89-fx Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice, especially for a white background, on which that is nigh on impossible..
Thanks for the credit, btw =D
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dorkycats Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome, and thanks. :iconbigmeowplz:
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kyzalon Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
cool
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DragonusPrime Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
hmm this will be most useful to me in the future :+fav:
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knight776 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for a great tutorial...helped immensely! [link]
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nico89-fx Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks to you for the credit =) Anytime
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glomdi Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012
I LOVE this tutorial! Only thing is, if it's already white, then it doesn't change colors for me...
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