Monday, March 3, 2008
how to make lightning flash
(note- you need the lightning brushes for this trick, check it out at deviantart)

1) first make a background (a dark one is preferable.)
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2) make a new layer, and add a lightning brush
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(if you want, you can remove some of the glow and lower the opacity.)

3) once your satisfied, his ctrl+shift+m to animate. Something like this should show up.
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4) Then go to the animation menu. (if it doesn’t appear go to windows>animation.)
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5) Then make the lightning image invisible.
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6) Then duplicate the layer and make the lightning visible in that slide.
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7) Duplicate the lightning layer and make it invisible. Then select the lightning slide and press the tweening button.
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Cool A screen like this should pop up, select these settings.
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9) Now repeat the process, only this time make a delay of 0.1-0.3 seconds on the slide with the lightning. You should get something like this.
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10) Now go back to the first slide and give it a 1-10 second delay so that it’s realistic. Press play to test it out.
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Here’s what I got.
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Now use that animation technique on different backgrounds and with different settings.

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