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Segments

Beam

int

Sets how many straight segments the Beam is made up of.

This value can be any integer greater than 0. The default value is 10.

Beam Segments and curvature

Rather than being a perfect curve, a beam is made up of straight segments. The more segments, the higher the resoloution of the curve. See the image below for a demonstration of this:

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For more information on how a Beam is configured to curve, see the page for Beam/CurveSize0.

Beam Segments with Color and Transparency

The Beam/Color and Beam/Transparency properties require a certain number of segments to display correctly. This is because each segment can only show a transition between two colors or transparencies. Therefore a Beam requires at least n-1 segments to display correctly, where n is the number of keypoint associated with the Beam's Beam/Color and Beam/Transparency.
[1]: /assets/5b4e0a69d0af7f6e0ba4ae67/BeamSegments.gif


Code Samples


Creating a Beam From Scratch

​This code sample demonstrates how a Beam effect can be created from scratch by creating a Beam, setting all of its properties and configuring it’s Attachments. See below for an image of the final result:

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-- create attachments
local att0 = Instance.new("Attachment")
local att1 = Instance.new("Attachment")

-- parent to terrain (can be part instead)
att0.Parent = workspace.Terrain
att1.Parent = workspace.Terrain

-- position attachments
att0.Position = Vector3.new(0, 10, 0)
att1.Position = Vector3.new(0, 10, 10)

-- create beam
local beam = Instance.new("Beam")
beam.Attachment0 = att0
beam.Attachment1 = att1 

-- appearance properties
beam.Color = ColorSequence.new({ -- a color sequence shifting from white to blue
		ColorSequenceKeypoint.new(0, Color3.fromRGB(255, 255, 255)),
		ColorSequenceKeypoint.new(1, Color3.fromRGB(0, 255, 255))
	}
)
beam.LightEmission = 1 -- use additive blending
beam.LightInfluence = 0 -- beam not influenced by light
beam.Texture = "rbxasset://textures/particles/sparkles_main.dds" -- a built in sparkle texture
beam.TextureMode = Enum.TextureMode.Wrap -- wrap so length can be set by TextureLength
beam.TextureLength = 1 -- repeating texture is 1 stud long 
beam.TextureSpeed = 1 -- slow texture speed
beam.Transparency = NumberSequence.new({ -- beam fades out at the end
		NumberSequenceKeypoint.new(0, 0),
		NumberSequenceKeypoint.new(0.8, 0),
		NumberSequenceKeypoint.new(1, 1)
	}
)
beam.ZOffset = 0 -- render at the position of the beam without offset 

-- shape properties
beam.CurveSize0 = 2 -- create a curved beam
beam.CurveSize1 = -2 -- create a curved beam
beam.FaceCamera = true -- beam is visible from every angle 
beam.Segments = 10 -- default curve resolution  
beam.Width0 = 0.2 -- starts small
beam.Width1 = 2 -- ends big

-- parent beam
beam.Enabled = true
beam.Parent = att0