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#1 ScootD

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Posted 06 April 2010 - 11:18 PM

I read a tut on the forum teaching how to make lightning, and I made an (edited) easier version of it. Then I simply turned it into an orb
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Outline Object-My link
Shape3D-My link

1st we need to resize the canvas. I use a 1000x1000 canvas but you can use other sizes(this tutorial is setup for the 1000x1000 canvas)
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next make the background black( hex code 404040) and add a new layer. This will make it easier to make the lightning.
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Next we are going to make the base of the lightning. us blue ( hex code 0066AF) and use brush size 80 and make lines that look like the shape of lightning. Then make branches of off those with brush size 60
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Now we are going to add a lighter blue. Use hex code 0082E0 and draw over the lines with size 50 the the base and 35 for the branches
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Now we are going to make an even lighter blue over the lines. Use hex code 0094FF. Use size 30 for the base, and size 15 for the branches
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Next we are going to make the center of the lightning. Use hex code 8ED0FF. Us size 7 over all the lines
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Now we are going to make it glow. Use the glow effect and use these settings:20-100-40
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now again but with these settings:10-60-negative 60
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Now we are going to outline. use outline object with these settings:95-255, Colors:100-180-255
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now we delete our bottom layer and we are done with the lightning
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Now run Shape3D
I included the link to the xml here:
Filefront-My link
attachment-Attached File  energyball.xml   3.74KB   260 downloads
and if for any reason it does not work, here are the settings-full sphere map, axis 2 is 90degrees, and lights are unchecked
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Now for the final outline. run outline object with these settings:100-255, color:100-180-255
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the finished product should look like this(Sorry, forgot to resize.)
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You can use it in other ways like this:
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Please try it and expirement with other colors. Post your attempts and questions
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#2 Weylin

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Posted 06 April 2010 - 11:53 PM

On topic: Wow, looks very nice. I will have to try this.

Off topic: I absolutely love your sig and avatar!
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#3 TruePaintNetta

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Posted 07 April 2010 - 12:00 AM

A nice but simple effect.

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I used outline object, frosted glass then dents to make the outline of the orb.

The circles are done by Random Shape Fill ( can't remember where to find it )

Stock photo of hand found on google images, then rendered by me so I could place meh shiney gradient on the background xD
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#4 Weylin

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Posted 07 April 2010 - 12:18 AM

My result:
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#5 TruePaintNetta

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Posted 07 April 2010 - 12:42 AM

My result:
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Nice work Weylin, I like that colour combination.
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#6 Frontcannon

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Posted 07 April 2010 - 02:12 AM

I don't think Shape3D does this any good, Lens looks way better sometimes.
Really good lightning is what you get when you blend two cloud layers the right way.

Good newbie tut, though.
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#7 pdnnoob

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Posted 07 April 2010 - 02:48 AM

blending cloud layers together is the newbie way of making lightning. If you want usable lightning, you draw it yourself. Nice tutorial! If you made the electricity a little thinner, it would look more realistic, but would take much longer. I do agree with using lens, though, if you could make the side facing away from the "camera" show between the electrical arcs up front. Shape 3D tends to make most textures look messed up
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#8 ScootD

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Posted 07 April 2010 - 10:58 PM

On topic: Wow, looks very nice. I will have to try this.

Off topic: I absolutely love your sig and avatar!


Thanks, I actually have about ten more random sigs somewhere on my computer in all different styles
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#9 ScootD

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Posted 07 April 2010 - 11:01 PM

TruePaintNetta,
Awesome job, didnt think that my tutorial could acually do something cool like that. I should try messing around with the random shape filler.:paint-can-paint-brush:
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#10 TruePaintNetta

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Posted 08 April 2010 - 06:55 PM

TruePaintNetta,
Awesome job, didnt think that my tutorial could acually do something cool like that. I should try messing around with the random shape filler.:paint-can-paint-brush:

lol thanks
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#11 cooltew

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Posted 09 April 2010 - 10:44 PM

nice tut....here is my first attempt......


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#12 Axle

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Posted 10 April 2010 - 02:37 AM

you only just posted the pic and your account has been screwed (or atleast your sig and this pic) so i think you need to address that
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#13 cooltew

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Posted 10 April 2010 - 11:27 PM

yea sorry bout that.....here it is....


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#14 ScootD

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Posted 18 April 2010 - 09:14 PM

yea sorry bout that.....here it is....


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yeah, this seams like it is easy for every one to make( probably would of been a good idea to put this tut in the newbie section, to easy for the people who look for tuts here)
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Posted 16 June 2010 - 11:29 PM

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^here's my go at it, sky is obviously not a stock image
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#16 n00ber

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Posted 02 July 2010 - 06:11 AM

This is mine...
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Obviously i made some adjustments.

One, I used a different color for the size 7 Brush.

When i did Outline Object, i changed the blend mode to Lighten.

I added Noise with the following settings:
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I did Twist with 20.0 Amount.

Twist again with -40.0 Amount.

Then Shape 3D with Half Sphere (Repeat).

Edited by n00ber, 02 July 2010 - 06:15 AM.

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#17 Mayor_McSteeze

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Posted 02 July 2010 - 06:26 AM

N00ber, i like your outcome, it looks really nice.
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#18 number52

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Posted 10 July 2010 - 08:01 PM

nice here mine


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Posted 28 October 2010 - 01:14 AM

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Posted 24 November 2010 - 09:27 PM

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