JC's Lightsaber Visual Effects for K2 1.4

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Summary

This mod replaces the lightsaber blade textures. I've made new textures using Saber, a plug-in for After Effects made by visual effect artists who work on the actual films, which they released for free on VideoCopilot.net. The new textures are of higher quality (1024x1024 vs the original 128x128) and should be more accurate to the movie look, given that they were generated with a tool made by movie people.

I've adjusted some of the blade colors; I mainly used math to choose them, placing them at even distributions along the color spectrum, and sticking with the plug-in's default setting for blue. In more practical terms, this means yellow is a bit yellower, while green and violet are closer to the blue end. Blue itself is much brighter than the original. Orange and cyan are no longer reused copies of the Heart of the Guardian and Mantle of the Force colors from K1. They both look more like standard lightsaber blades. Orange's blade color falls exactly between red and yellow - you know, actually orange. Cyan and viridian are evenly placed between blue and green. Silver uses the same color settings as blue, but at 33% saturation. I've added an alternate optional texture to have the viridian blade more closely resemble the original, if you would prefer.

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Installation

  1. Copy the files from Override to your own Override folder (if you don't have one, make one).
  2. Optionally, copy the file from the Alternate Textures folder to your Override folder, replacing the previously-installed file. This will change the viridian blade to more closely resemble the original.
  3. Optionally, if you use the Ultimate Saber Mod, copy the files from the USM New Colors folder to your Override folder, replacing the previously-installed files. This gives all colors added in USM the same upgrade for visual consistency.

Uninstallation

  1. Remove the installed files.

Compatibility

This mod should be compatible with any mods that add or alter lightsaber hilts, assuming the use the orginal game textures for the blades.

This mod is not compatible with other mods that alter the lightsaber blade textures, including my own past mods.

Permissions

I hereby grant nobody except myself permission to upload some or all of this mod anywhere for any reason. For any reason.

If you would like to include any part of this mod in anything, then please contact me for permission.

Credits

KOTOR Tool – Fred Tetra
Saber – Andrew Kramer & VideoCopilot.net

 


What's New in Version 1.4   See changelog

Released

  • Added optional set of extra textures for the colors added in the Ultimate Saber Mod.
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Is it possible to install a part of the mod only and not the whole of it?Your new viridian blad doesn't look like the old viridian color,not even close(imo) thus,I would really like to keep the old color,if this is possible in this mod.If it is,what file do I need not to install? The rest of the colors looks just fine.In overall,this is well made mod,well done.

 

 

Thanks in advance.

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I might finally replace my blades from Marius Fett's color pack, these look really nice!

I'm going to have to take a look at the green in game though, I'm more of a fan of a lime green color than just standard green.

Are the blades animated though? Do they flicker slightly?

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Ye,they do but very slightly,unless I do not see well! I have tested Marius Fett's lightsaber blad mod,too,I usually use his mod,just wanted to test sth new and it happen to be yours.It would be very nice if you combine your mod with his,the results would be awesome!!

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1 hour ago, Terrorix said:

Is it possible to install a part of the mod only and not the whole of it?Your new viridian blad doesn't look like the old viridian color,not even close(imo) thus,I would really like to keep the old color,if this is possible in this mod.If it is,what file do I need not to install?

Yes, if you don't want to use any particular color, you can remove the TGA and TXI files associated with it. My new viridian doesn't look like the original because the original didn't look anything like the color viridian. If you don't want to use that, you can remove the files w_lsabreDgrn01.tga & w_lsabreDgrn01.txi. However, I would suggest instead that you use the alternate texture option I just added. :)

31 minutes ago, Untold Prophecy said:

I'm going to have to take a look at the green in game though, I'm more of a fan of a lime green color than just standard green.

If you have Photoshop or Gimp or some similar editor, it should be easy enough to do a subtle change like that with the Hue/Saturation tool. I understand what you mean - the original green saber from Return of the Jedi is much yellower than the prequel sabers or Luke's saber in The Last Jedi. I went with that look given that it's the more recent look and it makes it more distinct from yellow, but if you want to change it, I won't stop you.

34 minutes ago, Untold Prophecy said:

Are the blades animated though? Do they flicker slightly? 

They don't animate because the size would be ridiculous. My textures are 1024x1024, and then multiply that by the number of keyframes. And I believe we're limited to 4096x4096 in any case.

That, and I've never been happy with any animated lightsaber blade mod and I didn't expect I could do a better job. I'm exploring other options, but they would require edits to the model rather than to the lightsaber texture.

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On 7/30/2018 at 11:14 PM, JCarter426 said:

τhey don't animate because the size would be ridiculous. My textures are 1024x1024, and then multiply that by the number of keyframes. And I believe we're limited to 4096x4096 in any case.

Perhaps I didn't looked carefully,but I still think they flicker slightly. Anyway,that was not the case.Thanks for your asnwer

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1 minute ago, Terrorix said:

Perhaps I didn't looked carefully,but I still think they flicker slightly. Anyway,that was not the case.Thanks for your asnwer

All lightsabers have a bit of flicker if Frame Buffer Effects are turned on. However, certain other mods have animated the lightsaber textures themselves, which give it a more extreme effect. My feeling is that isn't an ideal way to do this - if there aren't enough animation frames, it will have too much stutter. And given the size of my textures the number of possible frames would certainly be limited, so I didn't animate the textures.

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On 3/10/2019 at 5:11 PM, cegi85 said:

Can you do thet for TSL Longsabers mod.

It should already be compatible with other lightsaber mods so long as they don't also edit the blade textures.

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Thank you very much for your well done mod JCarter426. : ) Finally, a lightsaber mod that changes the color viridian to an actual color like viridian.

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