Lightning Effect in AKVIS NatureArt
 

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Tutorial: AKVIS NatureArt

Nature Effects: Lightning

 

This effect can be used to add Lightning of any size and number to an image.

Usually lightning appears during a thunderstorm. It often gives us an unforgettable light show in the sky! What is this amazing phenomenon of nature, beautiful and devastating at the same time?

Ancient people perceived the thunder and the lightning flashes as an expression of the will of the Gods and the manifestation of God's wrath. Only in the 18th century was it proved that lightning is an electric discharge in the atmosphere accompanied by a flash of light and the rumble of thunder. There are various types of lightning, but usually we see streak lightning or forked lightning.

Lightning Effect in AKVIS NatureArt
Lightning Effect in AKVIS NatureArt

Before applying this effect, you need to draw a "skeleton" where the lightning will be, to act as a schematic for it. Do this in the Before tab with the following tools:

  • Direction . Use this tool to draw lines over which lightning will be drawn. To set a line, click anywhere on the image, and while holding down the button, draw a line in any direction.
  • Eraser . Use this tool to delete unwanted parts of lightning. Any lines whose starting points are within the zone of the tool will be erased. This zone is determined by the size of the eraser. You can change the size of the eraser by right-clicking anywhere in the image and making an adjustment in the pop-up window.

The Line Set drop-down list in the Setting Panel contains ready-to-use lightning layouts which come bundled with the program. When editing a sample its name is changed to Custom. To remove all the lines from the image, select Clear All.

Draw the direction lines
Draw the Direction Lines

Adjust the parameters to specify the settings for the lightning. The settings will apply to all of the lightnings on an image. If you want to get various lightnings, save the result and restart the effect.

Main Bolt:

  • Thickness. This parameter controls the thickness of all lines which make up the lightning bolt. The higher the value, the thicker and brighter the lines are.

    Thickness = 30 Thickness = 80
    Thickness = 30 Thickness = 80

  • Curvature. The lightning will be drawn as a curve. This parameter regulates the degree of curvature of the main line of lightning. The higher the value, the more the bolt will be curved.

    Curvature = 15 Curvature = 75
    Curvature = 15 Curvature = 75

  • Color. Use this parameter to change the color of the lightning. To change the color, click on the color plate and choose a different color from the Select Color dialog.

    Pale Yellow Color Blue Color
    Changing the Color of the Lightning

  • Brightness check-box. If the check-box is disabled, the program draws the lightning only with the selected color. If the option is enabled, the lightning blends with background colors and becomes brighter giving an impressively luminous effect.

    Brightness Deactivated Brightness Activated
    Brightness Deactivated Brightness Activated

 

Branches:

  • Branching. This parameter determines the branching of lightning. The higher the value, the more branches will come from the main bolt of lightning.

    Branching = 5 Branching = 80
    Branching = 5 Branching = 80

  • Branch Curvature. This parameter regulates the degree to which branches of lightning bend. The higher the value, the more curved the kinks forming a branch become.

    Branch Curvature = 15 Branch Curvature = 65
    Branch Curvature = 15 Branch Curvature = 65

  • Distribution. This parameter controls the distribution of the lightning's branches. The higher the value, the greater the distance over which branches will be distributed, and the larger the area they will occupy.

    Distribution = 20 Distribution = 80
    Distribution = 20 Distribution = 80

 

Glow:

  • Strength. This parameter controls the intensity of the glow. The higher the value, the stronger the glow is. At a value of 0 the glow is absent.

    Glow = 10 Glow = 35
    Glow = 10 Glow = 35

  • Dispersal. At low values the glow is concentrated along the main line. The higher the value, the wider the glow spreads. At high values the glow has less contrast.

    Dispersal = 10 Dispersal = 25
    Dispersal = 10 Dispersal = 25

  • Color. Change the color of the glow in the Select Color dialog. Click on the color plate and choose a different color. By default, the glow color is not selected and is equal to the color of the main lightning bolt. To reset a color, right-click on the color plate.

    Yellow Lightning, Yellow Glow Yellow Lightning, Blue Glow
    Changing the Color of the Glow

  • Brightness check-box. If the check-box is disabled, the program uses only the selected color to draw the glow. If the option is enabled, the glow blends with background colors and becomes brighter giving an impressively luminous effect.

    Brightness Deactivated Brightness Activated
    Brightness Deactivated Brightness Activated

Random Seed. This is the starting number for the random number generator that defines the form of the lightning.

Versions of Lightning
Generating Versions of Lightning
 
How It Works How It Works
   — Workspace — Workspace
   — Using the Program — Using the Program
   — Presets — Presets
   — Tips & Tricks — Tips & Tricks
   — Preferences — Preferences
Effects Effects
   — Rain — Rain
   — Sun — Sun
   — Water — Water
   — Lightning — Lightning
   — Clouds — Clouds
   — Frost — Frost
   — Rainbow — Rainbow
   — Aurora — Aurora
   — Fire — Fire
   — Ice — Ice
Examples Examples
   — NatureArt Gallery — NatureArt Gallery
   — Torch of Liberty — Torch of Liberty
   — Above the Sea — Above the Sea
   — Day & Night — Day & Night
   — Flaming Text — Flaming Text
   — The Sea on a Midsummer Night — The Sea on a Midsummer Night
   — Playing With Light — Playing With Light
   — Tempest in a Glass — Tempest in a Glass
   — Greeting Card with a Christmas Tree — Greeting Card with a Christmas Tree
   — Enchanted Forest: Adding Fog & Mist — Enchanted Forest: Adding Fog & Mist
   — Smoke & Sandstorm Effects — Smoke & Sandstorm Effects
   — Frosty Window — Frosty Window
   — Planet of Storms — Planet of Storms
   — Frozen River — Frozen River
   — Ice Rose: Art of Freezing — Ice Rose: Art of Freezing
   — Creating an Animated Avatar — Creating an Animated Avatar
   — Sunset Picture — Sunset Picture
   — Fiery Girl:  Drawing with Flame — Fiery Girl: Drawing with Flame
   — Water Effect on Specific Areas — Water Effect on Specific Areas
   — The Cat and the Rain — The Cat and the Rain

 

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