The Rise of Skywalker Official D23 Poster Release!

If you spent the early morning hours refreshing and flicking between social media accounts just to get a glimpse of anything from D23 like I did, you’ll be both elated and disappointed. There was no official footage released from the Disney Star Wars panel on Saturday so as fans, we had nothing more to go on other than tweets from journalists at the event and rumours from fans hastagged with #theriseofskywalker. Personally, I can understand why they didn’t reveal any behind the scenes footage. But at the same time, I still feel kind of starved of information about TRoS.

The good news is that Disney will be posting the Behind the Scenes footage on Monday so Tuesday in my country which is SO AMAZING but I still feel like they really could have given us a little more at D23, especially for the international fans having to wake up at all hours.

A new poster was indeed revealed and I’ve had some time to make edits in the meantime which has kept me happy for now 😂😁However, the fans want what the fans want and I’m just dying to see the BTS footage particularly one part of it which I won’t be discussing here as I plan to write my article about it for The Dorkside of the Force. You can read it there if you want.

Here’s my first edit – textless and colour-boosted:

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Edit number two with gradients applied which I think looks really kind of cool if I do say so myself:

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And the original poster revealed via Star Wars dot com:

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Two more quick edits of The Mandalorian Official Poster

I’ve spent so much time today in the midst of all the fandom hype going on and I feel so overwhelmed by it all. I actually felt like I needed to do something with the images I’ve seen and creating these edits calmed me down considerably 😂

I even cried tears of joy at the announcement of Ewan McGregor returning as Obi-Wan Kenobi in Kenobi A Star Wars Story – it really was more emotional than I expected.

So here are a couple of edits I did just you know, because 😂

Edit One – Poster minus the branding

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And completely textless with colour edits:

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Another Star Wars is Poetry edit

It’s really lovely to be able to use all of the edits I so painstakingly created for my new blog. It actually feels like all those hours I put into editing in Photoshop is somehow paying off (except just not in a monetary way), and I’m very okay with that.

I was a little disappointed to go on Reddit the other day to see one of my edits posted there straight from this website without a single credit, not even to the original artist! That really annoyed me. Firstly because well, it was my edit, and secondly because the art actually belongs to someone! This is just really awful to do. I actually had to stop venturing out to specific social media sites because I couldn’t handle seeing all of my edits on other people’s blogs with their names taking credit for making them.

So there is a dark side to sharing your art or edits or anything you create online. I know this which is why I prefer to just stick to my own blog and upload my creations or whatever and be thankful that people appreciate them enough to steal 😂I guess that’s really the only way to look at it positively.

So here is my edit for the day – I remember making this one, and it took ages to clean the image up and make it look half decent. I also just realised I didn’t crop it correctly on the left-hand side, but I’m too tired to change it now so I’ll fix it up tomorrow 🤣 Fixed!

 

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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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Star Wars – Luke Skywalker Comic Cover Edits

When I created the Mezzopop Mezzotint Photoshop effect the other day, I had actually forgotten all about it until I was editing this comic cover. So I thought, why not test it out and see how it looks on a Star Wars edit.

If you’ve been a follower of my blog you’ll know that one of my favourite things to do is clean up images or edit comic covers by removing the text to show the underlying image. I do this because I am in awe of some of the comic cover art that adorns these comics. And sometimes text can be a very overpowering element in an image. Sometimes the image needs to breathe on its own. So I edit them.

Here is the original cover, art by David Marquez

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And there is an official image without text as well but here is my edit:

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And the mezzotint edit:

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And lastly, my animated edit

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