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Lightning strikes

I had a request for an electricity effect/ lightning strike and think I found a rather quick and simple way to do it in Inkscape. 



With a some additions it turns into a night lightning strike.

If you want to animate these I suggest doing the lines first and altering a copy of the line shape in a new layer [see the animation tutorial for this]. Animate the shape roughly and not too similar. After creating a few variations of the lightning strike start with the conversion to paths.

It's a lot easier to adjust a few nodes on a line than twice that many or more in a shape. 

I hope this quick tutorial is helpful to some.

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Chris Hildenbrand

2D game artist, pixelpusher, vector bender, face turner for over thirty years. I worked on more games than I can remember... The most recent release is "Super Crossbar Challenge" for iOS (Android coming soon) with Shattered Box, Fredbear Games and PlayPlayFun.

9 comments:

  1. These tutorials are phenomenal! Thank you for doing these.

    Sometime, I would love to see how you do explosions. I can honestly say they are the single most frustrating thing for me to make, I can't really figure out how to get them right.

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  2. Thank you for the tutorials, they are very helpfull.

    I always wonder one thing, how do you come up with the color schemes? What is the theory behind this?

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  3. Excellent tutorials, but the image links are broken.

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  4. My server went down... ;\ .... I am changing the images to Picasa at the moment... They should be up and running again in no time...

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  5. u should consider writing a book , im sure ill buy it ..and art has always been a problem for programmers ....ur tuts are really simple and awsome )D

    and i much appreaciate ur choice of tools

    GIMP and INKSCAPE ..instead of ps and il :D

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  6. Thanks Kamalesh... I am seriously thinking about it... It;'s a lot of work but should be good fun as well...

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  7. thanks Kamalesh. your blog is fantastic!!!!!

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  8. Hi,
    First of all, your tutorials are excellent! I like how I build up my knowledge of Inkscape while making all sorts of interesting things. Making graphics for my game is going to be much easier thanks to you. :)

    I have one question about this tutorial, though. How do I make the sharp ends of the lines? All I found was I could move them around or make them square/round.
    Is it mentioned in some tutorial I accidentally skipped?
    Also, when I tried to do a union of the objects (after converting to path) it created straight lines from their start to their end. I have no idea what happened there, so I grouped them instead.

    Thank you in advance!

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    1. Nevermind, the tank tutorial answered my question about the pointy ends and the union worked this time (I have no idea why). :D

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