Tutorial: How to Make a Lightsaber in Photoshop


Photoshop Lightsaber Tutorial

Find out how to create your own Photoshop lightsaber with this easy step-by-step tutorial!

Last year my good friend (and self-confessed Sci-Fi fan) Jen went to the London Film Museum, and got a great snap of herself with a lightsaber.

However – the prop lightsaber was just a white stick – and I remembered a nice method in Photoshop to add a glowing lightsaber blade effect.

I’ve included a step by step tutorial on how to achieve the lightsaber effect in Photoshop below. If you’d like to lean Photoshop in depth, check out our Photoshop courses.


How to Make a Lightsaber in Photoshop CS5

So – we’re starting with the original image, which looks like this. You can use your own image, or click on the one below for a larger version which you can download (right click > save image as…)


1) Open the image in Photoshop

2) Next we need to make a new layer to add the effect to (so we’re not changing the original image) Select Layer > New > Layer.

3) Now we’re going to draw a white line over the blade. To select the line tool, choose the pen tool from the main toolbar . Then choose the line tool from the new menu at the top of the screen:

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How to Create a Fake Miniature Model Using Tilt-Shift Lens Effect in Photoshop (Video)

This tutorial will allow you to use ’tilt shift’ effect to make your photos look like miniature models!

You will need to take a photograph where you are looking down on the subject, just as if you were looking down on a model village. You can also grab one off Google images if you have a phobia of heights – but don’t go publishing anything without permission. 

tilt shift photography

Here’s a video tutorial – our transcript can be found below. We’ll teach you lots more tools and techniques like this on our Photoshop course.

  • To start off with you will need a new layer and make a copy of the original image.
  • You will then need to put a blank layer mask on that, from that you need to decide which part of the image you want to turn into a miniature model.
  • Once you have decided, you need to use the gradient tool, and choose the reflective gradient.
  • You will need to make sure you have black as the foreground colour and you have set the gradient to foreground- to-transparent option.
  • Then drag the gradient over the part of the image that you want to turn into a miniature model.
  • Next, make sure you’re working on the picture and not the mask- Go to Filter – Blur – Lens Blur (or Gaussian Blur if you don’t have Lens Blur).
  • Make sure the source is set to Layer Mask.
  • Play with the Radius depending on how you want the image to look.
  • Use the Paint Brush on the Layer Mask to add or remove various parts of focus on the image.
  • Finally you want to, working on the original Background Layer, bring the Saturation up and Sharpen the image slightly.

Image by Leandro returns on Flickr