Vector Light Saber in Illustrator

For this tutorial, we will use a vector “Burst” downloaded from the web.

1 - In Illustrator, create a “New Document”.

2 - Select all the “Rectangle Tool” (M), then click and drag your cursor diagonally, starting from the top-left corner to the bottom right corner to cover the entire “Canvas”. Make sure the “Stroke” color is set to “None”.

3 - Head to the “Gradients Panel” and select the “Radial Gradient” icon. Use two shades of Dark Blue for the “Gradient” (we used C100, M95, Y5, K50 @ 0% Location and C100, M100, Y25, K80 @ 100% Location).

4 - Lock the “Background” Layer by clicking on the small “Padlock” on the left side of its Thumbnail and “Create a New Layer” by clicking on the small button at the bottom of the “Layers Panel”.

5 - Use the “Line Segment Tool” () to create a straight vertical line (“Shift” key) in the middle of the canvas. Make it about 15 cm long.

6 - In the “Stroke Panel” give the “Line” a “Weight” 40 pt and “Round Cap”.

7 - “Copy” (Command/Control + C) and “Paste in Front” (Command/Control + F) the “Line” to duplicate it and change the “Weight” of the one in the front to 2 pt and for the “Stroke” color choose a red shade in the “Swatches Panel”.

8 - In the “Layers Panel”, click on the small arrow on the left side of the layer thumbnail to show its contents and make sure everything is selected. Then, go to Object > Bend > Make and after that to Object > Bend > Blend Options and choose “Smooth Color” as the “Spacing” option.

9 - Select the “Blend” layer, click on the small arrow on the left side of its thumbnail to show its contents and select only the top-most line. Change the “Weight” of the one in the front to 6 pt.

10 - Drag the top-most line thumbnail and drag it to the “Create New Layer” icon at the bottom of the “layers Panel” to create a duplicate. Select the bottom line thumbnail and in the “Transparency Panel” change the “Blending Mode” to “Color Dodge”. Click on the small arrow on the left side of its thumbnail to show its contents and select only the line in the bottom and change its “Weight” to 60 pt.

11 - Now, drag the top-most “Blend” thumbnail and drag it to the “Create New Layer” icon at the bottom of the “layers Panel” to create a duplicate. Select the middle “Blend” layer thumbnail and in the “Transparency Panel” change the “Blending Mode” to “Hard Light”.

12 - Without deselecting, click on the small arrow on the left side of its thumbnail to show its contents and select only the line in the top, change its “Weight” to 1 pt and for the “Stroke” color choose a light red shade (we used C0, M18, Y12, K0). Now, select only the line in the bottom, change its “Weight” to 10 pt.

13 -We decided to enlarge the “Light” reflection a bit. To do it, select the bottom “Blend” thumbnail, click on the small arrow on the left side of its thumbnail to show its contents and select only the line in the bottom, change its “Weight” to 100 pt.

14 - Select everything and go to Object > Group (Command/Control + G). Then, go to Object > Path > Outline Stroke.

15 - With everything still selected, go to Object > Envelope Distort > Make with Warp. Choose “Arc” as the “Style” option with a -3% “Bend”.

16 - Duplicate the shape by holding the “Option/Alt” and “Shift” keys while dragging it to a side. Use the “Direct Selection Tool” (A) to select the top and center “Anchor Points” leaving the bottom ones out and drag them down while holding the “Shift” key to shorten it to about 50 or 60 mm.

17 - Double-click on the “Rotate Tool” ® and rotate the duplicate 90° (degrees) and click “OK” to make it horizontal. With it still selected, double-click on the “Rotate Tool” again but this time use a 180° and click “Copy” instead of “Ok”. Arrange the duplicates right under the bottom part of the original line on each side leaving a small space between them (about 1 or 2 cm). Make sure they are both selected, right-click on top and choose Arrange > Send to Back.

18 - Create or import the handle of the “Sabre”, place it under the vertical shape and between the horizontal ones. Fill it with a “Linear Gradient” (100% K @ 0% “Location”, 90% K @5 0% “Location” and 100% K @ 100%). If you need to fix the “Angle” of the gradient, double-click on top of the shape to isolate it, click on the “Gradient Editing” button on the “Gradients panel” and change it. Click on the left-facing arrow on the top to exit “Isolation Mode”.

19 - Head to the “Appearance Panel”, click on the “Effects Menu” and choose Stylize > Outer Glow and use the following settings: Mode, “Screen”. Opacity 75%. Blur 2 mm. Click “OK”. Right-click on top and choose Arrange > Send to Back.

20 - Go to Object > Expand and make sure that only the “Object” box is checked and click “OK”.

21 - “Copy” (Command/Control + C) and “Paste” (Command/Control + V) the “Burst” vector and place it under the “Saber”. Fill it with Black. In the “Transparency Panel” change the “Blending Mode” to “Soft Light” and the “Opacity” to 35%.

22 - Check it out!

by @lornacane

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Wow, very nice!!! Thanks for sharing and showing!!!

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Tank you!

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Thanks for sharing! :heartpulse:

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Ooh! Thank you for sharing! I can’t wait to try this one.

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Pretty neat! I hope you used that for some amazing May the 4th creations!

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My 6 year old loves Kylo Ren so it had to be his light saber! :wink:

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