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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Design Tuts Plus Tutorial – How to create a Mezzopop Mezotint Effect in Adobe Photoshop

To make up for lost time yesterday, I just spent about 15 minutes learning how to apply the mezzotint effect through a Photoshop Action to this image:

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And this is what it should look like once completed:

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It was pretty easy, but if you’re not accustomed to using photoshop actions, I would suggest reading up on what actions are and how you can use them in your photoshop edits. Here is a great write-up about photoshop actions from Adobe.

How to Create a Photoshop Action to create a Photo Art Effect

Website: https://design.tutsplus.com/tutorials/how-to-create-a-glow-in-the-dark-effect–cms-31254

Time: 15 minutes

Level: Beginner but read my notes below regarding asset images and photoshop actions

Comment: Layer information missing for beginners – screenshots from inside Photoshop showing the layers would be most helpful for beginners starting out with Actions

Rating: 7.5/10

If you’re used to using photoshop actions, you’ll find this tutorial a breeze and the end result is pretty cool. Here’s my finished edit:

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The nice thing about this tutorial other than it being quite easy to complete, is that most of the images for the tutorial were quite helpful. The only comment I can make from a beginner’s perspective is that there are no screencaps of the layers inside Photoshop and therefore, you kind of have to guess your way around what layer is what. For an absolute beginner, I could imagine this would be a little confusing.

The tutorial is here if you want to check it out. The other thing worth mentioning is that you actually get to create your own action – something I haven’t done as yet. So it was nice to actually learn how to do that which I can now apply to any edits or graphics I create going forward if I want to create my own image effects.

Regarding the stock image, I did a bit of a work-around for this which I don’t recommend. If you can’t find an alternative image online, your only choice is to purchase the image from stock or to supply your own for the tutorial.

 

Hope Dies – Star Wars Comic Cover Edit

I really like this comic cover. I love how the artist captured Princess Leia with the blueprints showing in her cape of a Star Destroyer, an X-Wing and a TIE Fighter that makes it really stand out for me. It’s unusual and works so well for this comic.

So I decided to edit out all the text to see what it would look like without it. I also did some extra things in Photoshop, just experimenting really and part of being creative is trying new things, right? I do this a lot in my spare time. I learn something, and then I try it out on different things. For this image, I used textures and actions in Photoshop to get the effect I wanted.

Original Cover Art by Travis Charest who works for Dark Horse comics

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Edit one:

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Edit Two – mixed media effect

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Edit three – textures, backgrounds and a lot of editing

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Luke Skywalker and Rey Black and White Edit

As mentioned in an earlier post, I wanted to try and replicate the style of this image I found on Pinterest by combining two background images together with really eye-catching text over the top.

What I like about the image is the contrast between the black and the white but also the play on words is quite cool as well as you can see the two colours blended together to create grey.

What I came up with is a different play on words using Star Wars text for the theme, but I did something slightly different with the gradient colour because I liked how the colours blended with the text. I also didn’t want the separation between Luke and Rey to be as precise as the other graphic where you can clearly see a break between the two models. I wanted the image of Rey and Luke to blend into each other.

Here’s my first attempt:

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As you can see, the format is not exactly the same as the original graphic, but I actually like how the gradient effect works with the black, white and grey. I also borrowed the text formatting a little as well the image above as you can see, it’s not centred.

But this is the image I eventually went with after a few minor changes:

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The text is taken from the Journal of the Whills:

First comes the day
Then comes the night.
After the darkness
Shines through the light.
The difference, they say,
Is only made right
By the resolving of gray
Through refined Jedi sight.

―Journal of the Whills, 7:477[src]