Lightsaber - glow effect
In this tutorial I will show you how to make a lightsaber glow effect. This was done in Max 5, so not Advanced Lighting Override was used. For the modelling part I will not insist because is really simple. So lets begin
Assign a standard blue material to the light beam. RGB(32, 65, 140)
Make the material self illuminated by checking the color. RGB(84, 182, 218). You can modify the illumination and the colors how you like it but these are my settings.
To make some glow right click the light beam, select Properties and in the G-Buffer, Object Channel put 2
Now go the the Rendering - Video Post and press Add Scene Event button(teapot icon) and from there select the view desired(perspective or camera), the press Add Image Filter Event(wave like) button and there select Lens Effect Glow from the drop down list. Click ok, then press setup.
In the Object ID put 2
In the preferences tab you can set the properties of the glow(size, color, intensity, etc) until you get the desired glow
Choose the button bellow to render the scene
Now to make the object cast some light, we will use some Omni, with shadows unchecked, small intensity, and a bluish color. Play with the near and far attenuation to get the correct light.And make some copies of this along the light beam choosing Instance. Now if you modify one light, the other lights will automatically have the same settings.
And if you choose Video Post again, here is the result
Thanks for watching the tutorial!
Created by Adrian Tiba