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Io Lightsaber glow

By RC-1290
Experimenting with custom lighting: Added lighting coming from the red light saber blade, and changed the lightsaber glow. (2013)

Original Image and costume by SEA-cosplay [link] (Here is the version I used as a starting point: [link])
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chantryBOOM's avatar
Yeyeh! Awesum! :D
It's so much work to add lighting, i'm always too lazy to do that xD
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It was fun to do though. The fact that you already had existing specular highlights from the sky - which happened to roughly be in the right place - saved a lot of work. The most work went into tweaking the distribution of light. Especially tricky on the face and the hood.

In this version I traced the highlights with the airbrush tool. But a few days after I created this version, I also tested an even quicker technique. If the highlights are already in the right place, you can simply create a new layer where you adjust the contrast and brightness until you end up with only highlights. You can then use a combination of multiplied and screen blended layers. It's not quite as fancy, but it works all right, and is pretty fast.