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Old 07-25-2010, 10:10 AM
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Realistic flashlight beam?

What is the best way to make a realistic flashlight beam? I want it to look like this: http://xpodcast.files.wordpress.com/...ingepilot1.jpg (i know its from a movie, but there must be a way)
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Old 07-25-2010, 03:03 PM
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Re: Realistic flashlight beam?

try this way, adjusting opacity etc

http://www.dphotojournal.com/creatin...-intermediate/

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Old 07-25-2010, 03:24 PM
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Re: Realistic flashlight beam?

Not to sound like a commercial, but catch this Wednesday's RetouchPRO LIVE rebroadcast. Scott Valentine spends about a half hour or so showing how to make beams like this, and their use in various scenes.
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Old 07-25-2010, 04:34 PM
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Re: Realistic flashlight beam?

An action right here on RetouchPRO:
Photoshop Action: Mythical Lighting (BillM) (As a bonus.. there is a Rainbow action included)

Adjust opacity of "Softening" layer down to around 20%

Or my version as adapted from BillM's action.....
Duplicate layer (Ctrl+J)... Rename to "Beam" change mode to "Screen"
Filter>Blur>Motion Blur.... Angle 90, Distance 320... Click OK
Select all (Ctrl+A), Free Transform (Ctrl+T)
Right Click inside transformation... choose Perspective... pull top and bottom corners to desired angles of beam....
Right Click inside transformation again and choose either rotate, skew, distort or size to adjust beam to where you want it.... double click inside of transformation to select OK
Deselect (Ctrl+D)
Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur... Radius 8
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Old 07-26-2010, 08:18 AM
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Re: Realistic flashlight beam?

Doug, where do you sign up for that?
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Old 07-26-2010, 02:04 PM
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Re: Realistic flashlight beam?

Go here http://www.retouchpro.com/index.php?page=rebroadcast
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Old 07-27-2010, 06:31 PM
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Re: Realistic flashlight beam?

Take a flashlight outside on a clear night and you won't see the beam. Take it outside on a foggy night and you'll see it. Get what I'm saying?

As I always try to capture in camera as much as possible (but then I've been a photographer since long before Photoshop came out) I would actually use a smoke generator when taking the picture.
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Old 07-28-2010, 09:41 AM
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Re: Realistic flashlight beam?

Use a brush on like 3% flow, paint with white. If you paint too much (you will) erase it with the eraser on 2% flow.

Will take a while for the light to appear, but you get some really nice looking results. It's also how I usually make shadows.
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