I’m trying to make a lightsaber; I have the model ready, but the glow effect around the blade is not working properly:
Looks mostly good, right? The problem is that the glow effect does not stay the same size relative to the blade when the distance from the camera changes.
I’ve tried absolutely everything I can think of, but nothing seems to work. Under “Lens Effects Globals”, there is a check-box that says, “Distance Affects”, with both “Size” and “Intensity” listed…but checking those boxes does squat. (What are they even there for? The MAX help files are very, very vague about them, no details at all!)
I’ve searched Google and Facebook 3DS MAX groups…in the few places where people have asked this question, most of them never got a reply, and when they did, the advice almost inevitably referenced effects options that I couldn’t find in MAX: “Check the [fill in the blank] box and adjust the [fill in the other blank] spinner,” where neither of those fill-in-the-blanks seem to exist in the places they claim.
Please, please, please help me; I’ve been struggling with this one on and off for years, and nobody has ever given me an answer, even to say, “Sorry, that’s not possible with MAX.”