Customizable Glowing Sword Motion Effect Setup (no blurs used)

  • August 24, 2016
  • Blender 2.7x
  • Render: Cycles
  • Creator: roypon11
  • License: CC-0
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I suspect I will not have time to make a tutorial, so hopefully this will suffice. I've been trying different ways of making motion trails for a long long time for my fight animations and this seems to have been the best solution. Several empties with the "slow parent" option, with the hook modifier, with a gradient texture. Yes, it happens to resemble a certain licensed property but the sword is not important, the effect is what I spent all my time on. With the node setup you can create a flame sword, or a rainbow sword, etc. Depends what textures you use. I put this in the public domain but if you do make something with this, some thanks would be appreciated. And send me a link as well, I love seeing other Blender animations.


  • joker1 profile picture

    awesome this will come in handy thank you

    Edited August 26, 2016
  • CaptainRex profile picture

    Very cool! This will be useful in the future :D

    Cheers, Rex

    Edited August 27, 2016
  • Blaxmyth profile picture

    Thanks indeed! Very nice.

    Edited August 29, 2016
  • KnightRyder10 profile picture

    Very nice! I myself have been wondering on how to make line trails behind a sword. And you have done it! Thanks very much!

    Written January 01, 2019