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Junqi Ng

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Hi all,

would appreciate if anyone can help me wit this sword effect. how can i achieve to get this effect?

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Junqi Ng

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Here's a tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gnzDkkGTAWg

Type 'photoshop lightsaber' in Youtube and you'll find many of those.
but the sword shape that i provided on facebook link totally different from youtube tutorial. correct me if i am wrong.

By using selection tool and set the brush hardness to probably 20% and select a lighter color and brush over and set outer glow for it ?
 

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This is one of the many ways to make the lightsaber effect.

Do you have a picture you want this effect applied? If yes, please upload it and I'll show you how to do this.
 

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OK, from this

original.jpg

to this effect

original with light saber.jpg

- Make a selection from the shape of the blade.
- Place it on this own layer two times (ctrl+J)
- Select the top blade layer (see 'marching ants')
- Fill this layer with a near white color and apply gaussian blur (depending on the picture you'll have to experiment)
- Select the first blade layer (see marching ants)
- Go to select - modify - expand and expand by lets say 10 pixels
- The selection is now expanded
- Fill this layer with a darker color of the near white color and blur it with gaussian blur (again you'll have to see the effect.)

The shape of the blade does not matter.
 
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Use your Pen Tool to create the shape of the blade.

Screen Shot 2016-01-20 at 10.15.52 AM.png

Make a selection with a 1px feather.
Screen Shot 2016-01-20 at 10.16.14 AM.png

Fill with white.
Screen Shot 2016-01-20 at 10.32.54 AM.png


The rest is just layer style.
Screen Shot 2016-01-20 at 10.35.39 AM.png
 

Junqi Ng

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OK, from this

View attachment 61351

to this effect

View attachment 61352

- Make a selection from the shape of the blade.
- Place it on this own layer two times (ctrl+J)
- Select the top blade layer (see 'marching ants')
- Fill this layer with a near white color and apply gaussian blur (depending on the picture you'll have to experiment)
- Select the first blade layer (see marching ants)
- Go to select - modify - expand and expand by lets say 10 pixels
- The selection is now expanded
- Fill this layer with a darker color of the near white color and blur it with gaussian blur (again you'll have to see the effect.)

The shape of the blade does not matter.
Hi,

I try to follow according but when i select the top layer and fill it with near white the whole layer change to that color instead of the sword.

would you mind list down the steps how can i go about following it ?

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To select the blade only press CTRL and click on the thumbnail of the blade! (You'll see the 'marching ants' around the selecting of the blade)
 
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If you did Cmd/Cntrl + click on the blade layers thumbnail, you would have a selection that looks like this.......

Screen Shot 2016-01-20 at 12.49.59 PM.png

Then when you fill the blade selection with white, you get this...
Screen Shot 2016-01-20 at 12.51.58 PM.png
 
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are you able to show me the entire steps of achieving this effect?

i can't seems to get the effect i want.
I did give you the EXACT steps in their entirety. Except the layer style and that's just a pink outer glow.
 

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Junqi Ng said:
Did i did anything wrong my somehow compare to yours its seems abit weird.
Change your technique from "precise" to "softer".
You have to play with the layer style. Change the blend mode, change the contour.

I have already thrown out the PSD I used to make that example, so i can't tell you exactly what I did with the layer style.
 
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Junqi Ng

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Change your technique from "precise" to "softer".
You have to play with the layer style. Change the blend mode, change the contour.

I have already thrown out the PSD I used to make that example, so i can't tell you exactly what I did with the layer style.
i try changing the blend mode but and change to contour but it seems so weird are you able to replicate the effects so i can have better understand of how to achieve this effect.
 

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i try changing the blend mode but and change to contour but it seems so weird are you able to replicate the effects so i can have better understand of how to achieve this effect.
This is as close as I can remember.
Screen Shot 2016-01-20 at 1.27.43 PM.png

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Junqi Ng

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To select the blade only press CTRL and click on the thumbnail of the blade! (You'll see the 'marching ants' around the selecting of the blade)
i manage to get the selection like finally. but the color a abit weird did i do something wrong. i follow the steps top layer select something nearly white. follow by gassiaun blur.
first layer select something darker color of near white. but i cant seems to get that glowing effect. did i do anything wrong?

weird5.jpg
 

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