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Don Johnson
80's style electricity/lightning effects
on Nov 17, 2014 at 11:12:34 pm

Are there any shortcuts for these kinds of effects, or is it all done via hand drawn mattes? Seems a lot of labour for very little screen time, especially in this video (from 1:08)








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Richard Garabedain
Re: 80's style electricity/lightning effects
on Nov 18, 2014 at 12:26:04 am

they do kind of look hand drawn, but it may also just have a cartoony glow. I bet if you drew a stroke, roughedn the edges, added some turbulant displacement, and mimic the cartoony glow, it would be possible. Or maybe with a fractal noise, such as the lightning tutorials for photoshop users. dont have a link. The hard part is the timing


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Richard Garabedain
Re: 80's style electricity/lightning effects
on Nov 18, 2014 at 12:37:51 am

Oh, ya, works pretty well, stroke, turbulatn diisplace, glow, then, add rough edges, then another glow.


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Ken Teutsch
Re: 80's style electricity/lightning effects
on Nov 18, 2014 at 3:28:43 pm

You can also use the turbulent displace/glow in conjunction with the beam effect. Makes it easy to animate the end points of the "lightning."


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Richard Garabedain
Re: 80's style electricity/lightning effects
on Nov 18, 2014 at 4:34:31 pm

ah, good thinking


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Kevin Camp
Re: 80's style electricity/lightning effects
on Nov 18, 2014 at 8:11:12 pm

advanced lightning could also be used.

setting the lightning type to strike or 2-way strike will keep it between 2 points (like beam). it has glow settings and of course a lightning like distortion built in.

if the end points are static you'll want to animate the conductivity state to animate the strikes.

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