How to Create a Lightsaber in Photoshop Video Tutorial

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With all the recent hype and talk about the newest installation in the Star Wars movie empire (The Force Awakens), I thought this might be a fun project to do.

If you’ve followed along with the saga you know about lightsabers, the weapon of choice for the Jedi knights. Even if you aren’t a fan, you’ve likely heard of it, or had your kids or grandchildren request a toy version for themselves. So how fun would it be to add one to your photos.

Here are two videos that take slightly different approaches to creating a lightsaber in Photoshop. You can learn some new techniques and see which method you prefer.

This one by Adam from Photoshop Tutorials:

And another with Andrew from Creative Edge Studios:

If you give this a try, please share your images in the comments below. See how creative you can be, and how realistic you can make your lightsaber look. Have fun!

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  • Rick Grace

    Thanks for the article. The photo is crap, but the composite turned out fine (I actually think the bad photo makes the final result even better).

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  • Dmitry Rudoy

    My take on the lightsaber. IT was created fusing several tutorials for the first-week craziness

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