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Textless Jedi Fallen Order poster

I finally completed this poster edit of the cover art for the Art of book Jedi Fallen Order. It was a real study in patience for me, my hand was actually cramping up. But I am pretty happy with the editing I did, I’m slowly getting better at retouching images, even difficult ones like this. One of the reasons why this was so challenging is because the text is actually across the Sith runes on the outer edge of the chamber door so I had to recreate the runes. Clone stamp is your friend!

I think its time I consider investing in a tablet though because using a mouse for this type of job is not really working well for me.

Here’s the smaller version of the file I did for Tumblr. Do you think it would look good animated? I’m thinking I might have my new animation project 😊

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Star Wars is Poetry, the controversial Rise of Skywalker “leaks” and the Art of Jedi Fallen Order poster releases!

Well! What a week it has been for Star Wars fans! I can’t even begin to describe the exciting week I’ve had, but I’m willing to bet a lot of Star Wars fans are feeling perhaps a little lost right now. Indeed, the Reylo fans will be feeling more than a bit annoyed after the latest The Rise of Skywalker leaks were released on Reddit. The internet is honestly blowing up as a result of these leaks. If you have yet to read them or you’re avoiding spoilers, don’t worry, I won’t be talking about them here. But if you’re interested in my point of view, I did write an article over at The Dork Side of the Force about the whole thing so feel free to read my work there.

I’ve made a few edits during my time off, another update for Star Wars is Poetry on Instagram:

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And via Milner’s blog – the latest poster for the Art of the Jedi Fallen Order has hit the internet:

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I’m currently trying to work my way through a textless edit of this poster but it’s proving to be much more challenging than anticipated. I’m continuing to chip away at it and I’ll post it here when it’s completed.

Rey The Last Jedi – Flowers Double Exposure Photoshop Tutorial

I spent some time trying to find a tutorial to create a flower portrait. You’ve probably seen these images around on the internet, particularly on Instagram where it looks like the person’s face is either sprouting flowers or has flowers covering the edges of the face and head. I’ve wanted to create one of these flower portraits for a while now but couldn’t find a tutorial online that had all the assets to create one. I finally found one via Emir Hujdur’s YouTube channel and decided I’d give it a go.

Here’s the completed image:

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I managed to find an image of Rey I wanted to use taken from The Last Jedi (obviously not a stock image). I edited the image by removing Luke (sorry Luke!) to single out Rey.

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And used this stock image for the flowers:

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Website: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOJmhlHKQg8

Time: 30 minutes

Level: Intermediate

Comment: This tutorial is not one that I would recommend, particularly for anyone that’s a beginner looking for easy tutorials to lean in Photoshop. The reason for this is the tutor is moving extremely fast through the creation of this image, If you don’t know your way around the Photoshop interface, you’ll probably struggle with this tutorial. I had to double back on some of the steps myself so I could replicate the tutor exactly to create the desired outcome. That aside, the tutor does provide links to other tutorials they’ve done, all of the assets used in the tutorial (free) and even a link to the music they used.

Rating: 5/10

 

Luke Skywalker Heir to the Jedi Cover Art Animation

I’ve been home for the last couple of days, so I’ve had some time to sit down and actually make some quality edits. On Pinterest, I seem to be growing a lot more steadily than expected with both followers and views on my content. So I am quite happy about that. I’ve also noticed that my video content seems to be getting more interest than GIFs do (GIFs are trendy on Tumblr and Imgur but not as prevalent on Pinterest in my experience) so I’ve been creating .mp4 files instead of GIFs for my posts there. One of the posters I animated has had about 54 thousand views (which is a lot for me), so I plan to keep making these as people seem to enjoy them 🙂

Here’s another edit I did use colour grading in Photoshop and then animating it. The original art is by Larry Rostant. Isn’t this art magnificent? There are three versions of this image too, all of them with Luke in a different pose (so I can animate those at a later date):

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So the above image is not the same as the edit I did below where I made a lot of colour grading changes, and I intensified the light source from behind Luke as you can see here:

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Star Wars is Poetry Edit and Dark Side Rey Animation

I’ve been feeling especially creative lately and I am riding this wave for as long as it lasts because it’s good for me. I feel at my best when I am creating something or writing something. It helps that there has been a ton of new Star Wars content including almost every artist on planet earth creating Dark Side Rey art!

I decided to edit this beautiful art by Jake Bartok because it’s kick ass! I also created another edit for Star Wars Is Poetry as well:

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Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker – Dark Side Rey

Okay, so I don’t think I got very much work done today because I was distracted so much by the new TRoS sizzle reel. I have a friend at work who fangirls almost as much as I do over Star Wars and Marvel so we spent more time than we should have to debate all manner of topics regarding TRoS.

One thing I’ve seen a lot of people talk about is obviously Dark Side Rey. Search this topic on any social media platform, and you’ll see hundreds if not thousands of posts about this. Everyone wants to know what is going on in that scene, of course, we do because it’s Rey and she is the protagonist. Some fans think it’s just part of a vision and therefore not that important to the plot of the film. Some fans think it’s much more than that and have gone so far into depth trying to pick it apart. Reading through some of these “theories” I came across a post on Tumblr that mentions the ring Rey is wearing, which is of particular significance. Some say it’s an exact replica of Snoke’s ring that he wore on the Supremacy except black, not gold. I didn’t even notice the ring, but it’s definitely there:

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I really don’t know what to think about this scene. It’s possible that it is a force vision but the only reason why I don’t agree is because Kylo Ren told Rey that he saw her turn in his vision of her just like she said she saw him turn in hers in The Last Jedi. What if Kylo Ren ends up being the one who turns to the light to save Rey who has turned to the dark side? What if it’s reverse Anidala just like all the fans have been saying all along and the words we hear Luke saying in the voice over aren’t to Rey but to Ben? I love this theory, I will not lie. It’s my favourite plot theory so far and I’ve read and heard dozens of them. I have to give credit to J J Abrams though for even daring to go there with Dark Side Rey. It’s such a gutsy move showing the heroine of the story is just as susceptible to the dark side as anyone else. Even if it is only a force vision, I am down for this in every way possible.

Here’s a GIF I made of that entire scene because I loved it so much!

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THE RISE OF SKYWALKER – D23 Sizzle Reel

The beginning of my working week started 24 hours ago so I was unable to be awake when the new TRoS footage dropped but for those of you who still haven’t seen it, here it is. Remember that this is only a sizzle reel and not a full trailer. The Star Wars community think that the full trailer won’t drop until October BUT THIS IS AMAZING and I urge you to brace yourselves…

I’ll be blogging about this when I get home from work but for now I am jumping up and down and running around the room like a crazy person 😅