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I'm trying to make a light paths like there:

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To achieve this light threads (streaks) I used a particles emmiter with shining icospheres and motion blur shutter like Andrew.

I got this result:

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First of all I wish to get full path of the light: from rising to falling. And the second I wish to see the half circle path, but not the angle like now.

Maybe I should use another way to achieve the reference?

Blender 2.75, Cycles

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An alternative method would be not to use particles, and do the light streaks with curves. It might a bit more tedious to set up, but will not require as much computing power from your machine as particles do.

Give the curve a slight bevel and, by animating the Bevel Factor start and end values, you can control how the curve is rendered through the screen . You also have control on the resolution, curvature, start and end points, and you can precisely determine the trajectory.

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EDIT

To change the width at different parts of the curve you can change the radius of the control points:

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Add an emissive material to it and some glow on the compositor and you can easily achieve something like this:

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If you give the curve some extrusion and bevel and a wild texture

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you can have a lot of fun:

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  • $\begingroup$ In this case it's a great alternative, but actually light streaks don't have a homogeneous thickness, is there a way to control the thickness with this method? $\endgroup$ – p2or Aug 18 '15 at 10:39
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    $\begingroup$ You can use another curve to provide the Taper object, then narrow the ends or even animate them. I recently achieved this effect by mapping a blend texture to the curve. $\endgroup$ – 3pointedit Aug 18 '15 at 14:07
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    $\begingroup$ @poor by editing the radius of the curve you can change the thickness on different parts of the curve. See edited answer. $\endgroup$ – cegaton Nov 28 '15 at 20:35

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