How to create Lightsaber effects

Posted by SWRULS
Created Jul 21, 2007
Category Special Effects
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Who doesn't want to create lightsaber effects. In this tutorial I'll show you how.

First get an image you can get one here: Its Qui-Gon without out a lightsaber effect.

Ok first create a new black layer. Then in the mode section put it in screen.

After that get your beizer tool and create a selection of the lightsaber.

Then click on Create Selection From path.

Next fill in the selection with white and then go to Select>None.

After that duplicate that layer twice.

Click on the first black layer and go to Filters>Blur>Gaussian Blur

Put them both on 5.0

Go to the second black layer and apply a Gaussian blur of 20.0

Go to the last black layer and apply a Gaussian blur of 40.0

Now click on the top layer and put merge down. Then put the mode on screen again.

Now click on the top layer again and merge it down and then put it on screen.

Here’s the fun part. Go to Layer>Colors>Color Balance

Move the slides to get the color you want. There is a button that says PRESERVE LUMINOSTY it’s your choice to select it or deselect it. I usually deselect it but it’s your choice.

Here’s how mine turned out.


  1. Jan 14, 2009, kasrak said:

    In newer GIMP versions, the Color Balance dialog is accessed here:

    Colors > Color Balance

  2. Jan 23, 2009, liamg said:

    its kool

  3. May 11, 2009, jimmymycrushie said:

    Thanx for the tut. Here is my result :

  4. May 12, 2009, jimmymycrushie said:

    Now what is the beizer tool? And what's the difference b/w IIR & RLE in the gausian blur?

  5. Feb 14, 2010, Stendall said:

    Nice tutorial. My try with a little post-production XD. !alt

  6. Feb 14, 2010, Stendall said:

    Bad intent to use Markdown to inline an image. :( Hope you like.

  7. Jun 23, 2010, kapris said:

    This tutorial is featured on 70 creative Gimp tutorials

  8. Nov 15, 2012, INBARAJ said:

    superb very useful

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