The Left Effect
Now that you have come to terms with visualising the angles that the light can take, we need to look at the light effect itself.
- First we need some text, or an object to put in front of the light. I will use the flashkit text. The first step is to break the text into individual objects, use CTRL+B to do that. This turns the letters into fills.
- Create 2 layers for each letter. In the case of this demo, lets look at the first letter 'F', create a layer 'F-Light' and 'F'. Copy the letters from the broken text above into their respective layers, so initially we will have a copy of the 'F' in the 'F-Light' and the 'F' layer.
- In the 'F' layer, select the 'F' shape, and make it into a symbol (F8) we will use it later, and it needs to be a symbol in order for us to change its alpha values and shapes later on.
- To Create the actual lights, go the the layer 'F-light' that has the broken apart version of the letter on it. Using the line tool (set to a different colour to the text) draw the light shape. The first letters (left-most) will have the longest lights and as you get closer to the center of where you want your light to be, the distance the light rays will decrease. This is a matter of perspective. If you are creating the lights that light to the right, make the rays a little longer (you'll see why when you do it!)
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