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Heather Crank
trying to create an electrical surge
on Aug 14, 2011 at 7:07:51 pm

Hey Everyone,

I have a neuron that is shooting out a stream (I used particular and created a glowing streak that reveals the type). My client would like an electric spark that surges through and builds the letters instead of a glowing stream. Anyone have any suggestions or seen any good examples? I've been all over the web for ideas/examples...

Thank you,

Heather


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Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Re: trying to create an electrical surge
on Aug 15, 2011 at 11:23:04 am

I have used Knoll Lens Flare Pro before to create that kind of spark. If I remember well, the Arch Welder preset.

Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Senior VFX Artist


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Heather Crank
Re: trying to create an electrical surge
on Aug 15, 2011 at 4:54:46 pm

Thanks Ted, I Will look into that!


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Walter Soyka
Re: trying to create an electrical surge
on Aug 15, 2011 at 1:40:42 pm

You might try the Advanced Lightning effect [link].

It's an often-overlooked effect, but it's a nice simulator of electrical discharge with some powerful features. You can use the Alpha Obstacle feature to guide the lightning around (or inside) the letters you want to form.

Walter Soyka
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Heather Crank
Re: trying to create an electrical surge
on Aug 15, 2011 at 4:56:21 pm

Thanks Walter, I'll look into that. I usually avoid the lightening effect because it's a little cheesy...but I have to admit I haven't played around with advanced lighting...I'll give it a shot thank you!!!!

H


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Walter Soyka
Re: trying to create an electrical surge
on Aug 15, 2011 at 5:54:48 pm

[Heather Crank] "Thanks Walter, I'll look into that. I usually avoid the lightening effect because it's a little cheesy...but I have to admit I haven't played around with advanced lighting...I'll give it a shot thank you!!!!"

Out of the box, yes, it is cheesy -- but once you work your way through all the different properties, you can get a much more refined and realistic look. You could also get a lot more control over the flow of Advanced Lightning if you combined it with the Puppet tool.

Genarts Sapphire S_ZapTo might be another good third-party option.

Walter Soyka
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