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Lightsaber mini-tutorial by GovernmentAgent Lightsaber mini-tutorial by GovernmentAgent
For twistedNERV, a friend of mine. :)

A'ight, here goes:
--You'll need to create three blank layers to do this.
1.Create a solid white line for the blade, width is your choice. Middle layer.
2.Copy its' layer, make this new layer invisible.
3.Move to the layer below. (Original blade layer.)
4.Add a blur that's just enough to notice from 100% distance.
5.Use the invisible layer to select the blade.
6.Move back to the original blade layer and grow the select substantially. Feather it at a high rate (I used 54).
7.Fill that with a low transparency, (14%?) repeat fill as needed. It shouldn't be all that eye-catching.
8.Use the invisible layer to select the blade.
9.Move up to the top layer and create a miniscule, blurred/feathered border (mine was 3px).
10.Fill this in with the color of your choice, again very lightly.
11.Use the invisible layer to select the blade. Then go to the bottom layer.
12.Grow the select substantially. Feather it at the high rate used earlier.
13.Fill this in lightly as well.
14.Now for the main color: Use the invisible layer to select the blade. Come down to the bottom layer again, but this time, only grow the select a small amount and feather a small amount.
15.This step will bring the color out of the blade. Keep clicking that fill at small transparency until you're satisfied.
16.Consolidate (merge) your four lightsabre layers.
17.BAM! There's your effect.

Feel free to tweak this for better results.
Comments appreciated.
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:icontrekeyus:
trekeyus Nov 29, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
screen shots of the steps would be very usefull
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:icongovernmentagent:
I'll see about that after break.
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:iconmedanite:
I couldn't quite grasp what to completely do, could you perhaps add som images in to clarify?
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:icongovernmentagent:
I'll see about that after break.
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:iconmaggithamay:
MaggithaMay Feb 6, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sooo much fun.
<3
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:icongovernmentagent:
I wouldn't call it that (I think I'm too confusing in the writing,) but I'm glad you enjoyed it.
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:icontwistednerve:
ha! that's cool. i knew you'd have some big way of doing it. and they do look nicer than mine, so thank you.

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ok, mine turned out horrible. i have terrible experience with this sort've thing. let me try again after i come home from my appointment. can all this be done with PSP 7? my honor depends on me making a halfway-decent lightsaber. =P
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:icongovernmentagent:
I don't know if this can be done with PSP 7, but it's a superior program so I would assume so. This took me about an hour of fiddling around with to come up with. So it probably won't work right off the bat. Of course, if you can identify the problem, it's easier to find a solution.
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Kar-ma Jul 15, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It can be done with PSP.
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:icontwistednerve:
i'm good at fiddling, so i'll figure it out. next lightsaber-inclined picture I do I'll keep this in mind. thanks again. =)
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