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Lightning Effect Pack

Discussion in 'Texturing & Surfacing' started by Spellbound, Dec 24, 2016.

  1. Spellbound

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    This is a collection of lightning effects I made. I don't really like Warcraft 3's vanilla lightning effects, so I decided to make my own. This pack contains 7 new types of lightning, each with 8 colours, and two bonus ones.

    Version history:
    v2.0 - Targeting Laser, Chain, Chain Alt, and Constellation. Added white variant for all coloured lightning effects.
    v1.0 - Initial release


    New Lighning
    The string to create this First two letter of the colour/concept + NL. So a blue New Lightning would be BLNL.

    Sleek Beams
    The same concept applies. Red Sleek Beam == RESB. Initially the code was SL, but I changed it to SB and only realised that some vanilla lightning effect use SB. Not really a problem, just can be slightly confusing.

    Partcle Beams
    Since vanilla lightning effects tend to go with PB and SB for Primary Beam and Secondary Beam, I went with PA for Particle Beams. Yellow Particle Beam == YEPA.

    Beams

    This is a more futuristic-looking beam. Use BM for the code. Green Beam == GRBM.

    Targeting Laser
    If you've played Starcraft II, you'll know of this unit called a Raven that can basically annihilate your entire army with seeker mines. These things use targeting lasers to identify their target, and that's basically what this is. Spirit Targeting Laser == SPTL

    Chain
    It's a chain design specifically for reeling things in. If you do not wish for it to move, you can edit the slk that accompanies the zip file. Fiery Chain == FICH

    Chain Alt
    This is somewhat of a slack version of the chain that doesn't move. Useful for if you want to link units together like the Demon Hunter does in Diablo 3, preferably with some immobilisation effect. Red Chain Alt == RECA

    Other
    There are additional lightning effects that I made just for fun. They are:
    HLFX - Healing Flux
    CONS - Constellation

    The available colours/concepts are:
    • Blue
    • Red
    • Yellow
    • Green
    • Fiery
    • Mystic
    • Spirit
    • White, for if you want to colour the ligthning effects yourself.

    DOWNLOAD HERE

    HOW TO IMPORT
    These lightning effects are not replaces. To import them, you require your lightning effect .blp file, and the LightningData.slk. Your import paths must be the following:

    ReplaceableTextures\Weather\SBL_[TheLghtningEffect].blp
    Splats\LightningData.slk

    You don't HAVE to import all the lightnings. Just import those that you'll use. If you want to see the lightning effects in-game, download this test map and try it for yourself.
    Give credit if you use.

    IMPORTANT: Do not use the clean slk feature of vex's optimizer else the lightning effects will not appear.
     

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    Last edited: Dec 7, 2017
  2. Heinvers

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    Pretty nifty pack right there Spellbound. You should do more of these and perhaps have them uploaded to the skins section with appropriate information, of course.
     
  3. Spellbound

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    The skin section can only do 1 texture at a time, though, right? That's not very efficient, unfortunate. I wanted to upload this as a pack, but I couldn't figure out how to do it. I guess I can eventually upload a few variants here and there to the skin section and then link back here?

    It's not really planned to be expanded upon, but I think adding at least a chain-link variant would go a long way to make this pack better. Any suggestions anyone has is welcome!

    :D
     
  4. Heinvers

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    Quite wrong, you can have one main and multiple secondaries. I know because I moderate the section.

    You can also upload them as a pack, and I can moderate those as well. Suffice to say these are quite handy and prove to be quite useful in the long run.
     
  5. Flux

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    Great work! Just wondering though, why not just upload a "white-colored" version for each type? Then the user can easily color the lightning by himself with any color using SetLightningColor (not sure about the function name).
     
  6. Heinvers

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    I was wondering if these can be also recolored using we rgb option? Would be a mile saver for terrainers such as myself :]
     
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    we rgb option?
     
  8. Heinvers

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    Tinting. sorry bit I'm under alcohol influence so I tend to post gibberish.
     
  9. Spellbound

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    Some of them have some colour variations, like the blue has a tinge of purple on the glow and some of the concept ones like Fiery are yellow and red. I can always add in a white one, though, not a problem at all.
    Huh, I see. Well the next update will go up in the Skin section then.
     
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    @Heinvers SetLightningColor is the tinting. It's parameters are in RGB. It would still work if the lightning is not initially white but the color will overlap and you'll end up with a slighty different color.

    @Spellbound I see, ok then.
     
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    I love these effects!
     
  12. Spellbound

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    Re-uploaded the zip file containing the lightning effects because the Sleek Beams had been improperly named before. It's fixed now.

    @Aroden Thanks :)
     
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    Updated with three new variants + something kinda random. Now has Targeting Laser, Chain, Chain Alt and Constellation. Also made a video demonstating them in action. The demo map was updated at well. Hope you like 'em!
     
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    It looks really great Spellbound!
     
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    Thank you :)
     
  16. Naze

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    Hey, I was looking for something like this a month ago. Neat work as always!
     
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    You're welcome :)
     
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    This is incredible. I'm surprised people didn't really mess with those before. Thank you for sharing them, hopefully people will use them. :)
     
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    Thank you! I do hope people use them as well :)
     
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    Don't know about the others, but I'm surely using one of them hehe!