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Kylux Animation – Kylo and General Hux

I’ve never posted anything relating to Kylux on this blog because I’m not really into the ship at all but that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate someone else’s artistic genius. I stumbled upon this on Tumblr today and I just couldn’t believe how beautifully touching and moving it was… I mean you need to look beyond the aesthetic and to the simplistic yet emotional narrative occurring between the two characters.

This artist on Tumblr created these images of Kylo Ren and General Hux lying in their bed, Kylo with his back to Hux and facing the wall. There are only a few words shared in the images but it’s a very powerful exchange that I just couldn’t ignore. I had to do something with this beautiful art.

So I created a small movie clip in Microsoft Photos. I wanted a change from using Adobe software and wanted to go as bare bones as possible. I created an MP4 out of the clip and added a little atmospheric music to it. I think it makes such an impact, it’s so sad and tragic yet beautiful all at the same time. I think the music helps to deliver that, I dunno, that’s what I think anyway. If you want to check out the original art it’s here.

Here’s my animation:

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Kylo Ren’s Mask gets a Glowing Effect

Further to this post where I learned how to create the “glowing” effect in Photoshop, you can add this effect to just about anything to make it stand out. Here’s a small example of an image that looks OK as is but stands out a lot more with added glowing lines:

Image without glow effect:

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Image with glow effect added:

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It’s not meant to look perfect, that’s the idea, it’s just meant to be a rough outline of the mask itself with blue and red glowing lines to represent the dark and light side of the force (as Kylo Ren is a conflicted character who is still fighting his demons, I think this is a nice representation of that inner conflict).

What do you think?

 

Star Wars Edits – Kylo Ren Art by Unknown

I found this Kylo Ren art piece when I was trying to find images for Pinterest and I decided I liked it so much I would animate it. The style reminds me a lot of Venamis (Eli Hyder) on Instagram but it doesn’t look like it’s his so I have no idea who to credit this art to… I tried reverse images searches using several search engines and came up blank. I tried to make out the signature, it looks like NianTu but I didn’t want to credit incorrectly 🙁

Here’s the art in question:

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And here is my animated edit which I saved from a different website before I had found the image above. Looks like someone cropped out the artist’s name 😡

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Layer Life Tutorial – How to create Neon Glow Lines in Photoshop

I haven’t done a tutorial review in a few days so I thought I’d finally post this one all about learning how to create glowing lines in Photoshop. This is the most straightforward technique I’ve learned in a tutorial so far so it was a breeze to follow along and then use later on in my own edits which you can see in use here.

How to create Neon Glow Lines in Photoshop

This tutorial is via YouTube so you can check it out in the clip below:

Website: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHRk8xfRzoo

Time: 10 minutes

Level: Beginner

Comment: If you’re looking for a very easy way to make an image edit stand out in a social media post, this is definitely worth checking out. I’ve used this technique a few times in image edits to great effect. The tutorial itself is without sound, but the steps are shown as text on the clip above.

Rating: 10/10 – PERFECT RATING

Star Wars GIF – Rey by Claudia Poppe

I haven’t been doing a lot of Star Wars animation lately, and I’ve noticed it because my IG isn’t getting updated as much as it used to with edits. But that’s OK because I have been spending a lot more time on other creative pursuits such as my writing and honing my Photoshop skills.

But I felt in the mood to animate something so I found this awesome art by Claudia Poppe and decided it might look cool as a GIF:

Original Art:

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My Black and White edit:

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And my animation:

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Kylo Ren and Rey – Darkside, Lightside, The Glowing side!

I found this beautiful art by Kasiopea on Tumblr and instantly saw this image as two separate images both black and white with a mysterious “glow” around the outside. Don’t ask me why I saw that, that is just what popped into my head! Obviously, the original is perfect and beautiful and awesome, but that is what I saw, so I had to at least try and make it happen.

I wanted to learn this technique for a while after seeing it in action on Tumblr (a lot of people use this technique to make their otherwise dull and bland images or quotes come to life). It’s so simple, I almost cried 😂 (but seriously) – it’s really easy.

I’ll be writing a neat and quick tutorial post about it soon but until then… and here it is in practice:

KYLO REN:

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REY:

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And the original art:

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PiXimperfect Tutorial – Create Light Rays in three Simple Steps with Photoshop

I’ve recently discovered a new Photoshop channel on YouTube, and it’s actually amazing. The host is one of a kind, and his tutorials are so unique and refreshing. I imagine tutoring would be a daunting task even for the most dedicated and talented artists, but Unmesh Dinda makes it look so effortless, and his approach and charm makes it easy to follow along.

The tutorials aren’t separated by difficulty level because Unmesh’s tutorials are designed for basically anyone to learn, even beginners. And I think this is one of the best things about his channel. I put this to the test by taking on the following tutorial, and I am pretty much sold so expect to see a lot more of Unmesh’s tutorials on my blog in future.

How to create Light Rays in three Simple Steps with Photoshop

The object of this tutorial is to learn how to turn a rather dull image of sunlight in a forest into something worthy of a thousand likes on Instagram (if that’s your thing). Who doesn’t want people loving their pics? And the great thing about this tutorial is you can apply these techniques to any image using different filters such as Color Dodge and blur filters such as Radial Blur. I will definitely be using this technique in other photos!

Website: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0FEw2BrsTek 

Time: 15 – 20 minutes

Level: Any

Comment: I think Unmesh Dinda is the original Guru of Photoshop and I don’t say that lightly. If you follow along with any of his tutorials, you will see exactly why he has more than a million followers on his channel. He is basically a Photoshop genius. All example assets are provided as well, which is, really awesome.

Rating: 10/10 – PERFECT RATING

Note: These images are very high quality 6000 x 4000. Here is the before:

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And here is my edit after applying Unmesh’s techniques. Pretty cool, right?

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