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LIGHTSABERS

That's right - With an off-the-shelf version of Adobe After Effects you too can be creating ILM quality lightsabers in no time. Here's all the basics for creating lightsaber effects for video.

MORE LIGHTSABERS

A few smaller effects pertaining to lightsabers:
End rounding, contact flashes, ignitions/retractions and flickering.

"ADJUSTMENT LAYER" LIGHTSABER METHOD (VIDEO TUTORIAL)

This video tutorial demonstrates a variation on the method described in the text tutorials above. This one uses Adjustment Layers to simplify the effects pipeline to only one composition per saber. It gives slightly different results, but has it's advantages. This tutorial assumes basic proficiency with After Effects.

LIGHTSABER VIDEO TUTORIALS (BASIC)

Already know your way around Photoshop/After Effects and just need the basic crash course to get started? Look no further. These are video tutorials recorded by myself as I talk you through the process and show you via my screen as I work. If you get lost or confused, consult the appropriate text tutorial above.

ENERGY BALL 2.0

Yup, I finally made a tutorial entry where I explain how I made this effect generally, and there is also my After Effects Project file of this effect available for download.

LIGHTSABERS IN A DARKROOM

Got access to a photography darkroom and have basic experience working in one? Then you too can create lightsabers on your black & white images without any digital aid. Here's how to do it all at your enlarger station.

A FEW FUN TRICKS YOU CAN DO WITH A STAFF

Not as much a tutorial as an instructional video, here I demonstrate how to do a couple cool things I've picked up in my few years of playing with a staff.

(realistically, this was more of a test for slo-mo than anything else, but people have really found it educational and told me I should host it online for other aspiring staff enthusiasts)

TUTORIALS BY OTHERS

Links to a couple well done tutorials (not by me) that cover some of the other effects I do.
(Force-lightning, cloning, etc.)