Kylo Ren The Force Awakens/The Last Jedi Edits

I created some of these edits and GIFs a while ago but I decided to do something different with them.

Here’s one with text on a path:

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Here’s a GIF with a the image above as an overlay:

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And the newest version of this image still as motion art

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Mobile phone animation – Kylo Ren and Darth Maul GIFs

I’ve been learning how to make animation on my phone and there are some really good apps out there for people who like to create stuff on the go! I played around a bit with Pixaloop, and I found it was good for making quick animations. There are other apps you can use as well which utilise templates where you add your image and text and the app does the animation for you. I am sure there are dozens of apps that do this but I wanted to see how easy it would be to do.

Here are a few of my “mini” projects created on my phone:

And a Darth Maul one I made with art by @linkthejedi on Instagram

Tutorial reviews are proving to be a taxing experience

As you know, one of the things I love to do on my blog is tutorial reviews of Adobe products, mostly using Photoshop but I plan to venture out into other areas as well including Illustrator and Adobe After Effects (assuming I can find tutorials that work).

Well, I had two tutorial reviews all lined up to do, and I spent so much time trying to find assets for these particular tutorials that I ended up not doing anything at all. I was extremely frustrated, to say the least. The reason why this process is so frustrating is because a lot of the tutorials I choose are older tutorials where the assets used to make the end product are no longer available. This makes it a much more taxing experience and particularly time consuming which is the most annoying part. Trying to find matching images that will look as good in the end result is much more difficult than you would think, and when you finally do find the right image, you can’t use it for free, you have to pay for it.

So for now, my edits will have to do until I can find a tutorial I can actually review on the Adobe site or via Design Tuts.

Here’s a quick edit I did of Kylo Ren from The Last Jedi taken from the Topps trading card Chrome Edition – you would be amazed at how beautiful some of the Topps cards are, although this one I’m pretty sure is just a screenshot of Adam Driver from the film

My Edit:

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And the original image:

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Kylo Ren in Star Wars Battlefront 2 – Episode IX

A new host of screenshots have released online of the new Star Wars Battlefront 2 scenes featuring Kylo Ren from The Rise of Skywalker. Some of them show off the newly rebuilt helmet that Kylo Ren broke to pieces in The Last Jedi. I decided to animate one of these screenshots because it really does look so cool!

Here’s the animation, edited and resized for Social Media

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And the original image found via Nexus Mods

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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:

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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