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I’ve started a new IG account – starwarsispoetry is born!

I’ve wanted to create an IG account for Star War is Poetry for the longest time but I wasn’t too sure how I’d go about it. What I want to do is celebrate the words and literature of the Star Wars universe using words and images (but mostly words as it is an account dedicated to the written word).

So I made this clip for my blog:

And it’s so much easier to manage through the IG app on my phone now that you can use one primary IG account to access all of your IG accounts.

I spent some time creating this template which I want to use for all my posts:

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Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker Poster – Animated Edition

I really feel like I’m back to being myself again, and I can barely contain my energy to create things. So far in one and a half days I’ve managed to write another article for Dork Side of the Force which is ready for publishing, created one image edit and two animated edits. I also felt randomly inspired and wrote a poem while I was out at the mall earlier today, and I’ve got two short stories on the go at once, one is very much a fan-fic and the other I think I could flesh out into an actual story.

As time’s gone by, I’ve learned to cherish the days when I feel energetic and creative. If there’s one thing being a writer and creative person has taught me, it’s to count the days you have to create as precious. You won’t feel that way every day, so it’s good to try and remember that, it’s good for me and my process anyway.

So here’s my first animation from a newly released star wars fan-made poster with art by phase_runner. This animation took me longer than expected, but I was pleased with the result, and the art is just stunning.

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PiXimperfect Tutorial – Luke Skywalker Edit – A New Hope

I wanted to apply this colour grading tutorial to a stunning image of Luke Skywalker in A New Hope, but I wanted the image to be of just Luke. So I edited out C3-P0 and the annoying branding which was pretty easy to do and voila! Luke was ready for adjustments.

Here is the before image:

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And here is the after image:

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Website: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=he6HCZz5bZ8

Time: 20 minutes

Level: Intermediate

Comment: There is so much you can learn from playing with colours, adjustment layers and adding shadows and highlights to an image. Unmesh takes you through a colour grading tutorial on an image which you can see above looks pretty washed out and dull to begin with but just comes to life after the editing has been done. I hoped to achieve the same effect with the image I edited of Luke, and I think it came out OK. I even created edits with masking on the eyes to bring out Luke’s pretty blue eyes a little more.

Rating: 10/10

Now the image is ready for social media posts or just about anywhere really.

Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker Fan Made Poster!

Just found this via www.milnersblog.com and it looks good and I really like it but I can see a couple of things wrong with it which I am not going to point out. Sometimes knowing about how images are masked together can give you an entirely new outlook on graphic and digital design. I also don’t like being that person that nitpicks things (you know the one), so I am gonna just post this image and say “Only FOUR months and a bit to go!!!”

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PiXimperfect Duotone Preset Tutorial – Rey – The Rise of Skywalker Edit

I’m slowly getting back into my routine again of adding Adobe tutorials to the site once more. I have actually really missed doing these tutorials, so I am hyped to get this one posted.

For those of you unfamiliar with Photoshop or unfamiliar with using duotones, this tutorial is a good one to learn from. I’ve used duotones before in edits I’ve done but Unmesh Dinda always finds a way to shine a light on different tools in photoshop in fun and unique ways. Before I used this tutorial, I didn’t know that Photoshop actually comes with a whole lot (100 plus) of preset Duotone and Tritone templates built in. No need to use any external resources (if you don’t want to).

How to use Photoshop’s built-in Duotone presets

Website: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=he6HCZz5bZ8

Time: 10 minutes

Level: Beginner

Comment: Using Duotones in image creation is one of the most commonly used trends in digital and graphic design today. If you want your images to have a special and unique look, duotones and tritone colours will certainly give your image that special lift to make your images look funky and professional.

Unmesh’s tutorial is great because not only does he show you how to use the duotones in your images, but he also shares tips and tricks on how to blend duotone colours into an original image to make it look even better.

Rating: 9/10

Here’s the before image (I didn’t like the brownish/reddish tint this image had originally and wanted to give it a more sombre look)

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And the after image:

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Writing – Progress is slow but article two is now up!

I’ve discovered that going back to writing for someone other than myself again is not as easy as I thought it would be. I’ve also found that if I want my work to stand out, I have to have my finger on the pulse of the Star Wars community because there are a lot and I mean A LOT of writers writing about the same thing. So far I’m up to my second article which you can see here if you’re interested. I decided to write about The Dark Side book I bought last year because I don’t think many star wars fans actually have it or know about it.

So now I spend quite a lot of my spare time thinking of ideas to write for the site that isn’t being written by other contributors. Not an easy task when you’re trying to make an impression. One other thing that I’ve found is working a full-time job and then writing on top of that is also not as easy I expected it would be. I find myself looking for the right time to write and get my ideas together. It’s not as easy as it was when I had all the time in the world to formulate articles and blog posts when I was a full-time freelancer. Now, it seems every minute of my time needs to be used wisely.

I’m not going to concern myself with page views or hit counters or even dollar signs because I know that once I do that, I’ll obsess over those things and I don’t want to do that at all. I’m also still trying to fight this horrible winter flu that I’ve had since last week. I did take time off work to try and recover, but this virus is really stubborn, and my sore throat and cough still haven’t subsided. I may need to visit the doctor and get some antibiotics since I don’t think my body is fighting it well enough on its own.

On the up-side, can you believe it’s only FOUR months and 22 days until The Rise of Skywalker releases? Where has all the time gone, am I right?

 

Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker – Rey’s Ballad

I don’t know where this came from, I just felt inspired by this image which I edited using a tutorial from PixImperfect (which I’ll post later), but the words just came to me so here it is:

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β€œI once looked to the stars
For someone to come for me
And through my journey I discovered
It was easier being nobody
But now I know that
Thousands have come before me
And I am lonely no more”…