This three part tutorial shows you how to use Photoshop to create Star Wars text and then make it scroll up like in the movie intro using After Effects. Part 1 of 3 - How to Create Star Wars scrolling text in After Effects. Part 2 of 3 - How to Create Star Wars scrolling text ...more
This tutorial creates several authentic lightsaber effects. Kramer has created a simple technique to make sabers with a breeze. Create a Star Wars lightsaber in After Effects. Click through to watch this video on creativecow.net
Here are some examples of brickwork for dioramas or war game terrain. Create a fine grit coating for foam carvings using a mixture of white glue, paint and fine sand. Press in brick patterns into foam, or if working in smaller scale, you can coat cardboard with a thin coat of ...more
Whoa. Look what we found in the mainframe. Let's say you're a 15-year-old boy nerd looking to SCORE. Real life experience has been... limited. (Ok, you're a virgin.) Lara Croft was inspired (nine years ago when you were six-years-old!). So, where are the sex-ed tutorials that ...more
You're lost. You're cold, thirsty— you're hungry. What if you're not much of a hunter? Maybe you're a gatherer. So, then you'll eat plants. But what if you eat something poisonous? What if you're allergic to it? Okay, so not many people will find themselves in a situati ...more
Fire. It’s everywhere— always has been. From the Ordovician Period where the first fossil record of fire appears to the present day everyday uses of the Holocene. Today, we abundantly create flames (intentionally or unintentionally) in power plants, extractive metallurgy, i ...more
War movies are some of the biggest and most expensive to make for Hollywood, but that doesn't mean you can't get in on the action yourself. This video will teach you how to create the classic war movie look with After Effects and how to create realistic gun shots that will mak ...more
Ever notice the dreamy quality of a British sitcom? How about the "shellshock" look used in war movies? And we're all familiar with the look of an amateur home video, which can be...surreal. Believe it or not, these effects are created in the camera's shutter speed, and very r ...more
Remember the Rocketeer? The rocket jet pack that he wore? Jet packs are the coolest sci-fi props that haven't been perfected in "real life" yet. Almost, but not quite. For now, film rocket belts or rocket packs will do. Like in the Bond flick "Thunderball" and in the Star Wars ...more
This Blender 2.5 video tutorial tackles something that is on most people's "create -before-I-die" list, a Jedi light saber. This tutorial focuses in on the post-processing aspect by setting up a node network to create the effect of the glowing blade. Modeling is not covered in ...more
Zynga games has released their ZLotto feature that you can use to get exclusive prizes for FarmVille, Mafia Wars, YoVille, PetVille, and FrontierVille! In this guide I will discuss all the aspects of this feature, how to use it, and some tips for success. Game Prizes FarmVi ...more
When I think of nuclear power plants, clean, safe, efficient energy isn't usually the first thing to come to mind. Firstly, I think of Chernobyl, where the world's most devastating nuclear power plant disaster happened in the Ukraine. Deadly explosions released radioactive plu ...more
Backyard FX shows how to build a real lightsaber. Erik Beck unearths the original lightsaber blueprints from the special effects creator for Star Wars, and show you how to buy parts to a real lightsaber so you can have your own custom Star Wars weapon. In the test film you'll ...more
Even with so many awesome real life weapons out there that wreak jaw-dropping damage and explosions, boys and men everywhere still grovel at the feet of lightsabers, that mystal (and unfortunately made up) weapon touted by Jedi in the "Star Wars" movies. If you've never outgr ...more
Get tips on making and animating Star Wars lightsabers using the Neon Light Engine in Effects Lab
How to make Jedi force jump effects as seen in the Star Wars movies for your own films using Effects Lab and Windows Movie Maker. Part 1 of 2 - How to Create force jump effects for your movies. Part 2 of 2 - How to Create force jump effects for your movies.
Create the famous Star Wars text scroll using the corner pinning tool in After Effects. Use corner pinning in After Effects. Click through to watch this video on creativemac.com
If you are a big star wars fan you will love this. Using your PC, turn your Wii controller into a light saber through sound effects. Become a Jedi all over again with these cool sound effects using the program WiiSaber Use your wii remote as a lightsaber. Click through to watc ...more
For all you Star Wars fans, or George Lucas wannabe's, you can finally learn how to add lightsabers to all your movies. Watch this tutorial on creating lightsaber effects in After Effects and see how it's done.
The movies have Star War. Television has Star Trek. Now video games can claim Mass Effect as their own breakthrough space opera (sorry Eve Online ^_~).
Ok, we're about to enter some serious Star Wars geekdom. Today is officially Star Wars day. Get ready for this: May 4th is called Star Wars Day because of a pun on the similarity between "May the 4th be with you" and "May the Force be with you". Wow. Here at WonderHowTo, I s ...more
There's no need to get plastic surgery if you don't have the best looking nose. With a few simple tricks, you can make your nose look smaller without needing to go under the knife. If you’re looking for a picture-perfect nose, hold off on that plastic surgeon, and dig into yo ...more
Check out this video from Chemical Reaction Tutorials (CRTutorials). If you love filmmaking, prop making, editing and everything else that goes along with making movies, then you'll want to see what Adam has to say about lightsabers. In the first video, Adam shows you how to ...more
Check out this video from Chemical Reaction Tutorials (CRTutorials). If you love filmmaking, prop making, editing and everything else that goes along with making movies, then you'll want to see what Adam has to say about lightsabers. Kevin from Shudder Pictures shows you how ...more
The effects in this brickfilm (or brick trailer) are awesome! I haven't watched the new Star Wars movies, so I don't know who Sith is, but I don't have to know the movies to enjoy this. In fact, I'd probably like this better anyway. Short and sweet.
A grenade is the best way to make your indie action war flick more realistic, but anyway you try it, it's not going to be completely "realistic". You need a prop grenade, and you can eerily make it yourself out of cheap household materials. Watch this video tutorial to learn h ...more
An RPG is a rocket propelled grenade, which is a common tool for enemy combatants in Iraq these days. If you need to have an RPG for your action war movie, then it's best to build your own prop one, since RPG's aren't exactly legal. Watch this video tutorial to learn how to ma ...more
Using a paint called "Sophisticated Finishes," a rust effect can be added to Warhammer 40K terrain pieces. If you want to be serious about Warhammer, or any other war gaming, you'll want to have the most realistic battlefield possible. Watch this video miniature-making tutoria ...more
The motor from an old remote control car can be used to make an automated drawbridge on a castle diorama. This is a nice project and a great way to add special effects to a diorama. Dioramas are great for war games like Warhammer 40K, and add a slightly more realistic touch. W ...more
You can paint your plaster blue and coat it with a gloss, but there are easier ways to make artificial water for miniature dioramas, architectural models and war game terrain. Easy Water is a product made up of small plastic pellets that need to be melted and poured onto the m ...more
Learn how to put Kismet Strings together with dynamics, a trigger, and much more to create a very unique effect in the Unreal Engine 3 for Gears of War.
Are you a Star War fan? This is a a tutorial on making light sabers in Photoshop. Learn to use Gaussian blur and Color Balance to create the glowing effect of the sabers.
Did you ever want to know how to create Star Wars style lightsaber effects for your own home videos? Youtube user Comphelper225 has a way make this little bit of movie magic come to life using Adobe After Effects. Once you have a video of yourself or a friend swinging a base f ...more
Warnings i cant be held responsible for any illegal act done by anyone but myself and there are copyrights so notise that taken the trademarks or copyrights are strigtly prohibeted by law and will be punshied by law and i or my partners cant be held responsible for sudo camma ...more
Tune in! Below, an attendee of the Game Developers Conference 2011 captures footage of the new eye-popping visual effects in Epic Games' latest upgrade of their Unreal Engine 3, a "toolset used in blockbuster video games, 3D visualizations, digital films and more." If this is ...more
This video explains how to get lucky or unlucky titles in Guild Wars. The way you get luck titles is to either to good or bad tasks which lead to getting tickets toward your titles. One step you have to take is by getting tickets from the festival ticket character in the game. ...more
WonderHowTo loves paper artillery. More sophisticated in construction than Box Wars, plus tense on-camera drama to boot, Cardboard Warfare is a tight homage to the paper gun. Not completely sold on the acting, but I'm really digging the mise-en-scène. Says creator Clinton Jone ...more
This clever stop motion film by comedy duo Rhet and Link uses 222 t-shirts and few special effects. To learn more about the process, check out the second video in the gallery below. Says Rhet and Link: "We changed shirts over 100 times each, taking individual pictures of eac ...more
In our media-enriched world, past and present, SCRABBLE has made a name for itself, whether deliberately, subconsciously, or influentially. You may have a read a book that had the popular word game within a chapter, watched a movie that showed your favorite characters bringing ...more
Giveaway Tuesdays has officially ended! But don't sweat it, WonderHowTo has another World that's taken its place. Every Tuesday, Phone Snap! invites you to show off your cell phone photography skills. Submit your best shot to our weekly competition for a chance to win an awes ...more
Minecraft mods (modifications) are additions to the game that change the way you play. They include texture packs, shaders, changes in gameplay, additions and subtractions and everything in between. Some of this information is very basic, other bits might help you along if you ...more
So far, I've talked a lot about what's going on in the world around us, but it's time I come back to politics for a bit. That said, the name of this world is somewhat misleading, in the sense that I talk about everything, not just politics! But I digress again. In the current ...more
Insecticides are widespread products which are used daily in our lives. Organophosphorus is the main compound in these products and has toxic effects on our health that may be fatal in some cases. Insecticides affect mainly the synapses of the nerve cells in our central nerv ...more
A November release week in May It used to be that games marked to be blockbusters (expected to sell more than a million in their first month) would always be released during the holiday September to December season. November was always the month companies chose to release the ...more
Who doesn't love Star Wars? No one, that's who. And if you love Stars Wars, logic would follow that you like lightsabers, so central are they to the tale's mythology. It's part sword, part laser, and makes a sound like a humming motor have multigasms. If I saw one in real life ...more
WonderHowTo is made up of niche communities called Worlds. If you've yet to join one (or create your own), get a taste below of what's going on in the community. Check in every Wednesday for a roundup of new activities and projects. Thanks to all of our active moderators and ...more
If you've run out of time for all of our more time-consuming Halloween costume ideas, here are some places on the web for free, downloadable paper masks. There must be at least 100 options among these links to satisfy your last-minute costume needs! Just download, print, and c ...more
Over the past couple of weeks, there have been a series of high-profile hacks and leaks. From the rooting of CombinedSystems, to a secret FBI conference call leak, all the way to the distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks on U.S. government sites—with a lot in-between. A ...more
In 1965, the world was a different place. There was no Google yet. Or Yahoo. Or Stumbleupon, for that matter. In 1965, the year of your birth, the top selling movie was The Sound of Music. People buying the popcorn in the cinema lobby had glazing eyes when looking at the pos ...more
This tutorial shows you the basics of how to make a Star Wars lightsaber in After Effects. Make sure to take good video footage of your fight scene to get the best results possible. Once you have your footage, all you need is After Effects to make the lightsaber effects.
In this After Effects compositing tutorial you will learn how to make a force jump or a super jump. Make someone look like a super hero or Star Wars character jumping super far across your screen. All you need is some footage and After Effects and this tutorial.
Check out this video tutorial to see how to conduct a magic floating boat science experiment. Two little mad scientists investigate Helium and Sulfer Hexafluoride. Rosie and Anna study Helium, a gas that is lighter than air, and Sulphur Hexafluorid (SF6), an inert gas that is ...more
Declare war on zits and blemishes! In this video, we show you how to battle the blemish war with tips for preventing, treating and concealing pimples. Cleansing is the key to prevention and concealer is king when it comes to covering up the zits that do pop up. Example Product ...more
Choose the Right Path Making a choice What do you do, when you do not know what to do? Perhaps, you do nothing. But such inaction may be unhealthy and even suicidal. Someone said, “The only thing for the evil to triumph is the good should do nothing”. Many people have been i ...more
There's something extremely satisfying about hunting down your online adversaries and knocking them out with a well-placed shot, which probably explains why shooting games are still one some of the most popular time killers for iOS and Android. Shooting games for mobile devic ...more
Contrary to popular belief, augmented reality apps have been available for a while now. I remember using the Layar app (still available for iOS and Android) to explore nearby businesses and landmarks with varying success via an early-generation Android handset. It would be ha ...more
Augmented reality is making many of our childhood dreams from Star Wars come true. A week after Lenovo gave us the ability to actually play Holochess, Apple has now made it possible to take live video of ourselves and layer on a (non-3D) hologram-like effect, closely resemblin ...more
Casey Hudson, the one-time project director for games like Star Wars: The Knights of the Old Republic and the original Mass Effect trilogy, has announced his return to his former home, Bioware as the General Manager. Of course, that also means he is leaving his role at Microso ...more
After announcing another massive round of funding to the tune of $502 million, Magic Leap is adding another powerful weapon to its creative arsenal: John Gaeta, the man who helped develop the iconic Bullet Time effect for The Matrix series of films. Gaeta made the announcemen ...more
Facebook just ratcheted up its ongoing augmented reality war against the competition by stealing away Google's director of product for AR, Nikhil Chandhok. In his new role, the executive will serve as Facebook's director of product on the company's Camera/AR team. Over the pa ...more