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Sith Code Redesign – Final (finally)

After further deliberation over the colours mainly, the font and colour for the font, I came to the conclusion that the lighter Red may fit well with the palette, but it did not do anything positive for the poster as a whole. So I completely ditched the bright red for a much darker red named Red Oxide via Name That Color. This is the final palette for the poster:

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And here is the final animated poster (with firey sparkly background)

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And without (because I couldn’t decide which one I liked more)

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What do you think? Do you like one more than the other and if so, why? I’d be keen to hear your thoughts, friends πŸ™‚

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The Sith Code Redesign – Part II

Carrying on from where I left off yesterday with my redesign effort on this original Etsy poster, I realised as I was changing elements of the image that it wasn’t centred! Not only that, but the text used in this image was “bleeding” into a double-up effect almost like looking at something with “double vision”. In other words, this image wasn’t very well-made, not in my humble opinion anyway. Continue reading → The Sith Code Redesign – Part II

“The Sith Code” Redesign – Part I

I posted this Star Wars edit a couple of days back but the more I looked at it, the more I thought it wasn’t good enough or somehow could be improved upon. The original image was kind of flat without the GIF I made at the top:

Continue reading → “The Sith Code” Redesign – Part I

Star Wars GIF – The Sith Code

I came across a really nice pic on Etsy that gave me the idea to animate this Sith Code image. The Sith Code in essence is much like the Jedi Code in structure (actually, it’s the opposite really). Darth Bane founded the Sith Code (if you’ve played SWTOR or you’ve read about the Old Republic, you’ll know who Darth Bane is):

One to embody power, the other to crave it.” The Rule of Two was the principle upon which the Order of the Sith Lords was founded. It was created by Darth Bane, a Dark Lord and member of the Brotherhood of Darkness.

Here is the image (which I have edited as the red colouring needed to be more prominent for the GIF to look good)

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And the GIF:

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Inside Photoshop Part II – Merging two GIFs into one

Hello friends! So I’m almost at the end of my 10 day holiday from my day job, and I’ve spent quite a lot of this spare time reading and learning and even re-learning some techniques I had forgotten how to use or how to execute.

Learning, in general, can be a task for some but I’ve discovered what works for me and it may work for you, too. Perseverance is key to learning new things if you want to learn you have to keep hacking away at it until you eventually find yourself at the top of that mountain. I have this very stubborn streak that seems to kick in when I least expect. For instance, learning how to layer a GIF inside another GIF was something I learned years ago when I was using photoshop all the time, but it was a technique I had forgotten because I just never used it again.

I usually start with a quick google search online to see if there is anything relevant to what I want to learn. And then I keep searching until I get to the clip I want to watch or to the article I want to read (finding the right information again is a task in and of itself, and you just have to keep looking)

Once I have the information I can use I take that advice to my Photoshop task and try to apply it (well, it’s more like I hack away at it until I learn how to do it). This may seem like a very unruly way to go about it, but it works. Two days ago I didn’t know how to put a GIF inside a GIF, and the silliest thing is it’s so easy once you learn the technique (or re-learn in my case).

GIF one:

 

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IMAGE CREDIT UNKNOWN

 

GIF two (before edits)

 

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IMAGE CREDIT DISNEY

 

Final GIFs:

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Star Wars Edits – Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn

Another Star Wars edit for you my lovelies. I’m actually pretty happy with the techniques I’ve picked up since starting the Udemy Graphic Design course, and I’m now committing those techniques to memory by repeating them as often as I can. I dunno if you’ve noticed an improvement in my graphics at all, but I think I am a lot better at masking and selections than I used to be. I also learned the importance of using the ruler and canvas guides when lining up the text on a poster or image and now I just don’t know how I managed to make anything in Photoshop without them. I think this is why it’s important to remember that being self-taught is cool and all that until you begin to learn all the things you missed while teaching yourself. There are so many tools I hardly used in Photoshop that I’m using all the time now and I’ve only just scratched the surface of what I need to learn.

This journey is a long one but very rewarding at the same time. I don’t know why I didn’t start learning all of these things earlier, but I’m excited and happy to be creating once again😁

COLOUR IS EVERYTHING

I’ve also spent time reading about the importance of colour in Graphic Design, and I’m so in awe about how important it is to choose the right colours when creating images. It’s not something that I’ve really thought about before now, but choosing the right colour is basically everything. If you opt for the wrong colours, or the colours don’t fit or suit each other, it can basically make or break a design (the same as typography but that’s another topic for another post). In fact, I might write a separate post about what I’ve learned so far with regards to choosing colours to enhance images. This is the colour palette I used to make my edit below:

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Here’s my final edit which took way too long to make because I have an annoying trait where nothing is good enough unless it’s as perfect as I can make it. But I’m happy with it – it’s also a good quality image as well, probably good enough for print πŸ™‚

What do you think? It’s my first edit for Qui-Gon Jinn, I don’t think I’ve ever created anything except a few GIFs for him or with him featured. There will be plenty more where this one came from friends πŸ™‚

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Star Wars GIFs – Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi

Today I ended up with a migraine that took about half a day to subside but after it had gone, I felt a lot better and wanted to make something in Photoshop. I haven’t made a lot of GIFs lately, mostly because I’ve been learning new techniques and I haven’t been able to really apply them to something Star Wars related until today.

So I came up with this composite image once I had found the perfect Obi-Wan image to use for it. It went through several iterations before I was happy with it including a backdrop of Vader and Luke but I finally settled on Leia instead:

First edit

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Then I decided to make a couple of GIFs with this image – GIF one

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And GIF two:

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