How to become a Jedi in Photoshop

Whether you are a fan or not, no one doubts that the ‘Star Wars’ film inspires both children and adults who dream of becoming Jedi and possess the most powerful weapon in the entire galaxy … with a laser sword!

Since the last episode of the film, I thought that now was the best time to prepare a lesson on How to create a laser sword in Photoshop ’. When I proposed this idea to my 12-year-old son, you can imagine how he perked up to see himself as a Jedi!

In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a realistic effect of a laser sword in Photoshop, as well as learn how to turn your children into Jedi Knights!

So let’s get started!

The final result:

1. Preparing for the Photo Session

We know that in all the images where there are Jedi, they are holding laser swords. Every Star Wars fan dreams of owning such elegant weapons from a more civilized era. In addition, the props and costumes are very important here, because they make the effect believable. Props should not be difficult, it can be created from items that you can find in your home.

Step 1

The background should be monophonic. We used a white curtain, but a plain wall is also suitable for this lesson.

We will also need a costume that will represent the Jedi cape. As a cape, we used a raincoat, which we borrowed from a friend, but you can use any dark fabric of a large size, only it should be properly thrown over the shoulders and head.

The handle of a laser sword is a usual nozzle from a vacuum cleaner. Instead of the blade of the sword, I used a metal bar to attach the microphone, although the handle of the broom would also work.

Step 2

Come up with various poses and racks. Encourage your young knight to be creative when staging a fighting stance. The laser sword should always be in front and nothing should overlap it.

2. Process Photograph

Step 1

Together with your child, select the nicest photo you will use. Jedi – bold and courageous, and at the same time, do not look threatening, so the picture should reflect this character.

Step 2

The background must be replaced in order to give our picture more originality. Using tool Fast selection (Quick Selection Tool (W)), create an active selection around the shape of the main character. If you select extra areas, holding down the key (Alt) while working with the tool will help you to subtract those extra areas.

Step 3

In the settings of this tool, click Refine edge (Refine Edge). Apply the following settings:

  • Tick ​​in the box Smart radius (Smart Radius)
  • Radius (Radius): 3 px
  • Shift edge (Shift Edge): -10%
  • Conclusion at (Output to): Layer-mask (Layer Mask)

Step 4

Convert the layer into a smart object, for this we go Layer – Smart Object – Convert to Smart Object (Layer> Smart Objects> Convert to Smart Object). Name this layer ‘The jedi’(Jedi).

Step 5

Next, go Image – Correction – Curves (Image> Adjustments> Curves). Set the curve as shown in the screenshot below to enhance the contrast of the shape.

Step 6

Next, go Picture – CorrectionSveta / Shadows (Image> Adjustments> Shadows / Highlights). Set the settings so that the cape’s gloss is visible, while the shadows are still saturated. For our image, we set Shadows (Shadows) at around 24%, Sveta (Highlights) at 32%.

Step 7

Apply the tool Frame (Crop Tool (C)). Pull the edges to enlarge the image, which will be more suitable for cinematic composition.

Step 8

Create a new layer below the ‘Jedi’ layer. Name this layer ‘Gradient 1’(Gradient 1). Choose a tool Gradient (Gradient Tool (G)), install Linear gradient (linear gradient). Draw a gradient from the bottom right corner (color # 525156) to the upper left corner (color # 6d6c6c) .

Step 9

Next, go Window – ExtensionsAdobe Paper Texture Pro (Window> Extensions> Adobe Paper Texture Pro) to add a paper texture extension. Select the Newt texture, and Photoshop will automatically add texture to the new layer. Change the blending mode for the added texture layer to Overlap (Overlay) to align the texture with the bottom layer with the gradient.

Step 10

Create another new layer, name this layer ‘Gradient 2’(Gradient 2). Choose a tool Gradient (Gradient Tool (G)), set the gradient colors from black to transparent. Drag the gradient from the bottom right corner towards the opposite corner. Then reduce Opacity (Opacity) layer up to 20%.

At this stage, all the main elements are already located. Except for one … laser sword! For this, we will call our young students to take care of it.

3. Hello, children!

The time has come for the most interesting (and funniest) part of this lesson. I know that you always wanted to have your laser sword! Now, this is your chance to show what he will be like if you were a Jedi Knight!

Step 1

First, click on the ‘Jedi’ layer to make sure it is active. Next, go Layer – New – New Layer (Layer> New> New Layer (Shift + Ctrl + N)). Name the new layer ‘Laser sword’(Lightsaber).

Step 2

Using tool Rectangular area (Rectangular Marquee Tool (M)), draw an elongated rectangle. Try to have the rectangle slightly larger than our toy sword, which is depicted in the photo.

Step 3

Next, go Editing – Run Fill (Edit> Fill) and in the window that appears, in the line Content (Contents), install White (White). Next, click the OK button to fill the rectangular selection with white.

Step 4

Cancel active selection, for this we go Selection – Deselect Selection (Select> Deselect (Ctrl + D)). Next, convert the layer into a smart object, for this we go Layer – Smart Object – Convert to Smart Object (Layer> Smart Objects> Convert to Smart Object). The layer thumbnail will change in the layers panel, and you will see that the Smart Object icon has appeared.

Step 5

To soften the edges of the white rectangle, go Filter – Blur – Blur by Gauss (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur). Install Radius (Radius) blur 4.0 px.

Step 6

Every true вой Star Wars fan ’knows that the laser sword is narrowing and has a round shape at the end. To create a similar shape, go Editing – Transformation – Deformation (Edit> Transform> Warp). In customization Deformation (Warp) install Convex (Bulge), and Bend (Bend) at 100%.

Step 7

To create a tapering shape, let’s go Editing – Transformation – Perspective (Edit> Transform> Perspective). Pull the upper anchor points inward to make the upper part narrower than the base.

Step 8

At the bottom of the layers panel, click the icon (Fx) and in the appeared menu of layer styles select External glow (Outer Glow).

Set the following settings for the layer style. External glow (Outer Glow):

  • Blend mode (Blend Mode): Lightening (Screen)
  • Opacity (Opacity): 100%
  • Colour (Color): # 0068cb
  • Swipe (Spread): 15%
  • The size (Size): 70 px

Step 9

The brightness of the blade looks good, the only thing you need to add the same glow around the blade. Create another new layer, for this we go Layer – New – New Layer (Layer> New> New Layer (Shift + Ctrl + N)), name this layerGlow’(Glow) Make sure that the ‘Glow’ layer is located below the ‘Laser Sword’ layer.

Step 10

Hold down (Ctrl) + click on the ‘Laser Sword’ layer thumbnail to load the active selection. Go to the ‘Glow’ layer. Next, go Editing – Run Fill (Edit> Fill) and in the window that appears, in the line Content (Contents), install Colour (Color). Using a dropper, take a sample of the color tone from the glow that is present around the sword.

Step 11

Cancel active selection, for this we go Selection – Deselect Selection (Select> Deselect (Ctrl + D)), and then add a blur, for this we go Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur). Install Radius (Radius) blur 35 px.

Step 12

At the top of the layers panel, change the blending mode for the layer with glow to Lightening (Screen). This mode will enhance the brightness of the effect, as well as complete work on it. Your laser sword is ready! Now, you need to put it in your hands.

Step 13

Hold down (Shift) + click on the ‘Laser sword’ layer and then on the ‘Glow’ layer to select both layers. Next, click on the chain links icon at the bottom of the layers panel. This option links the selected layers together, so they will always be tied to each other when moving.

Step 14

Next, go Editing – Free Transformation (Edit> Free Transform (Ctrl + T)), so that the reference points of the transformation appear around the laser sword. Slide the glowing blade into the area of ​​the sword’s hilt, and then turn the blade at the desired angle. When the glowing blade is in the appropriate position, press the ‘Enter’ key to apply the transformation.

Wow, you look! Looks like a real Jedi! Warriors are invincible with this weapon, rest assured. Now invite your parents back to help complete this lesson.

4. Final Effects

Thank your wonderful children, the most difficult work behind. But there is still much to do. It is necessary to give the appearance of a laser blade, as if it is inserted into the sword’s hilt, and the metal rod for mounting the microphone must be removed.

Step 1

To the layer ‘Laser sword’, add a layer mask, for this we go Layer – Layer Mask – Show All (Layer> Layer Mask> Reveal All). Next, with the tool Brush (Brush Tool (B)) black, carefully hide the blade glow, where the glow overlaps the hilt of the sword.

Step 2

The black metal rod is still visible behind the laser blade, and this needs to be fixed. Go to the ‘Jedi’ layer and use the tool Polygonal Lasso (Polygonal Lasso Tool (L)), create a rough selection around a section of the black bar. Next, go Layer – Mask Layer – Hide Selected Area (Layer> Layer Mask> Hide Selection) to hide the selected area.

Step 3

We need the blue light from the glow of the laser sword to fall on the Jedi. Create a new layer on top of the ‘Jedi’ layer, name this layerBlue light’(Blue Light), change the blending mode for this layer to Lightening (Screen).

Step 4

Go to bookmark Channels (Channels) in the layers palette. Hold down (Ctrl) + click on the RGB channel thumbnail to create an active selection of bright pixels. Go back to the bookmark. Layers (Layers), and then click Add layer mask (Add Layer Mask) at the bottom of the layers panel to create a mask from the selection. Thus, the blue glow will be applicable only to the bright areas of the main character.

Step 5

Click on the thumbnail of the ‘Blue Light’ layer so that the layer is active, not the mask. Choose a tool Brush (Brush Tool (B)), set the soft round brush. Take a sample of light blue from the glow of the laser sword and gently paint over the face of the Jedi, as well as the folds of the cape right behind the sword, adding a light effect. If the effect is too saturated, then reduce Opacity (Opacity) layer.

Step 6

Move to the topmost layer ‘Laser sword’, and while holding the (Alt) key, go Layer – Merge Visible (Layer> Merge Visible (Shift + Ctrl + E)). Thus, we will create a merged layer from all visible layers on top of all other layers in the layers panel. Name this layer ‘Combined’ (Merged), and then convert it into a Smart Object.

Step 7

Next, go Filter – Camera Raw (Filter> Camera Raw Filter) and tab Main (Basic), make the following settings:

  • Definition (Clarity): +40
  • Saturation (Vibrance): +20

Next, go to the tab Effects (Effects) and at the bottom of the window in the section Vintizing after cropping (Post Crop Vignetting), in Effects (Amount) set -20 to darken the corners.

That’s all! We have completed the lesson! Our warrior was trained.

Well done, my young friends! Welcome to the Order of the Jedi Knights!

How did you do it? We will be happy to see your Jedi Knights.

Final result

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