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Lightsabre tutorials


LightsabreThis month, two mini tutorials were published on Elysiun on how to make a lightsabre in Blender.

The technique by Jason G is based on halo materials. By creating a finely subdivided mesh and applying a halo material of the right size he creates a convincing glow effect.

AniCator tries a different approach: he uses two halo spotlights with a low distance setting to get the glow effect.

I haven't tried AniCator's technique, but I would think that Jason's approach is easier to control and it will probably render faster as well. Still, it's cool to see how you can achieve the same effect in two radically different ways. If you have another way to create a lightsabre, don't be too shy to share it here!

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Bart Veldhuizen

I have a LONG history with Blender - I wrote some of the earliest Blender tutorials, worked for Not a Number and helped run the crowdfunding campaign that open sourced Blender (the first one on the internet!). I founded BlenderNation in 2006 and have been editing it every single day since then ;-) I also run the Blender Artists forum and I'm Head of Community at Sketchfab.


  1. hey, this is awesome!

    the only way i've been able to do it is on Adobe After Effects, but that renders a HUGE file! this will be much better.

  2. I think doing it pn postproduction will be better. You can make new empty scene, link lightsabre object to this new scene, then blur sabre in sequencer and put it over original image.

  3. My technique was actually made for myself because I couldn't work with Halo Materialled LightSabers. So I made a different technique.

    But I think Jason G's technique is better. The lightsaber of him is more volumetric (I think)

  4. My technique is volumetric, actually. Put your camera looking at a shallow angle on the tip of a saber made with halos, you can see the buildup of the halos. (volumetric!)

  5. Being a huge fan of the node-based compositing found in recent 2.41 test builds, I used a system of nodes to both blur a green tube and add the white highlight in the middle. Perhaps a little cumbersome, but... nodes are sweet and (once it's set up) is very easy to use as a layer in a larger composite.

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