I don’t pretend to be a Photoshop master, but I know my way around the program pretty well. Well enough that a surprising amount of people have asked me to add a “lightsaber” effect to one of their photos. A quick search online will reveal many different approaches to creating realistic looking lightsabers within Photoshop. It’s quite easy, to be honest. Only Photoshop isn’t exactly budget-friendly. GIMP is a free alternative to Photoshop that you can download online, and there are even some tutorials online to create a lightsaber using GIMP.
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STEP ONE: Open Pixlr and load the image you want to work with
STEP TWO: Create a new layer
STEP THREE: Use the “Selection Tools” to create a lightsaber shape
|It may help in getting the perfect lightsaber point to zoom in on your selection using the “Zoom” tool.|
STEP FOUR: Use the “Fill Tool” to make your selection white.
STEP FIVE: Duplicate your white lightsaber shape
STEP SIX: Choose your lightsaber color!
STEP SEVEN: Resize the white part
STEP EIGHT: Attach the colored part of the lightsaber to the hilt
OPTIONAL STEP: Add invisible lines to every corner
STEP NINE: Gaussian Blur