This one's really just a laser and incredibly easy to do. Total time doing this tutorial should be no more than 15 minutes.
Step 1: Open a new scene in Studio Max. Create a Directional light, free or target, doesn't really matter.
Step 2: Go to Render-Environment and add a Volume Light Atmospheric. Use the following settings. Select your Directional light by clicking Pick Light. I know mine says Spot01, but the light should be a Directional.
Step 3: That's really it. Just add the laser to your photo and you set. NOTE: If you wanted to make the laser appear to come out of someone's fingers, for video, use a Cylinder instead of the Directional light. You can then animate the height of the cylinder. For the smoky effect, you'd then add a texture map with the Opacity set to a Smoke map.
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