Creating a wall light

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~(A work in progress Feel free to improve)~

To do: Add proper texture names, and make look nicer.

Introduction

In this tutorial I will show you how to make a wall light that is seen in the Portal test chambers.
The final effect

Steps

Step 1

Create a room for the light to be in, in this tutorial I used a 384*384*256 room with walls 16 units thick. Ensure the roof is touching the walls only by its edges.

Step 2

Texture the edges of the roof with the same texture you used for your roof.
Step 2






Step 3

Shrink the roof by four on each end, so in this case, from 384*384 -> 376*376
Step 3






Step 4

Create a 4*16 block with the invisible texture and put it right beside your newly shrunk roof. They should fit so there are no leaks.
Step 4






Step 5

Copy the invisible blocks and re-texture them to have nodraw. Move them higher above the invisible blocks so you can easily preform step 6
Step 5






Step 6

Texture the bottom of the nodraw 4*16 blocks to light_recessedcool002. Rotate the recessed texture with the face edit tool so it is parallel with the block, with the lighter side of the gradient facing the inside of the room.
Step 6

Step 7

Move the nodraw blocks to sit on top of the invisible blocks.
Step 7






Step 8

Select all the top walls, and pull them up so they enclose the invisible blocks.
Step 8






Step 9

Add an overlay with decals/overlay_light_gradient, and change the vstart/end to .99 instead of 1.
Step 9






Step 10

Resize to fit, and move inside of the hole.
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Step 11

Repeat for every wall
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Step 12

Compile your map, and ensure there are no leaks. If the light looks like the picture, then you have a leak.
Step 12