“I’m here to rescue you!” – Luke Skywalker Animation

I really like this Luke Skywalker quote from Star Wars Episode IV A New Hope and got a cool idea from an article I read in an old Star Wars Insider magazine. I used that original concept and came up with the following edit and animation. I realised after masking the image of Luke Skywalker into my GIF that for some reason, copying from a PDF may have distorted the image so I had to mask it again and “touch up” the image some more before I could use it. Then I created the first GIF and didn’t like the colour because I had used a transparent background layer originally. So I then had to create a new layer with a white background and then created the final animation that I was happy with. I also made an edit because, why not?

Here’s the animation

IMHERETORESCUEYOUGIF

And the edit

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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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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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Adobe Tutorial – Match Colour in a Composite

Something a little different today using Adobe’s awesome website for tutorials, this tutorial is more “skill” and functionality based than my previous tutorials and it’s video content as well.

I also tried to find the share option for the video but it doesn’t have one so you’ll just have to visit the link below if you want to follow the video clip.

Adobe Tutorial – How to match colour in a composite

The object of this tutorial is to learn how to use one colour to bring everything else in the composite image together. It’s really just making the colour uniform with each layer in the composite.

Website: https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/how-to/match-color-tones-composite.html?playlist=/services/playlist.helpx/products:SG_PHOTOSHOP_1_1/learn-path:key-techniques/set-header:photo-compositing/playlist:topic/en_us.json&ref=helpx.adobe.com

Time: 10 minutes

Level: Beginner

Comment: A little different to shake things up a bit, this was a really fun video clip to follow and the tutor was very clear sounding and pleasant to listen to. The thing I really like about the Adobe tutorials is that they provide all the files for you, all you need to do is download them to your hard drive, unzip them and you’re away. It’s awesome.

For anyone who doesn’t like watching video clips, there are follow along steps and instructions as well.

Rating: 9.5/10

Adobe Stock contributors: Ulia Koltyrina, Sarah Holmlund, WaitforLight, FotoMak

Presenter: Seán Duggan

This is what you start with:

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And my final composite:

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