LR Tips Mastering Photoshop Smart Objects: Creating a Star Wars Crawl


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Sep 27, 2006
Bart Van de Wiele

The Star Wars opening crawl effect is one of the most intstantly recognizable elements in modern movies. True, it wasn't totally original, being inspired by the opening crawls in Flash Gordon movies of the 1940s. But George Lucas and friends made it iconic. And now you can make your own animated crawl effect in Photoshop, with the help of Smart Objects. In the video below, Photoshop Master Jedi Bart Van de Wiele demonstrates how. Check it out, and may the Force be with you.


Bart Van de Wiele is a digital publishing trainer and consultant from Belgium focusing on Adobe’s print products and the Digital Publishing Suite. He’s an Adobe Certified Instructor and Adobe Design Master who spends most of his time teaching InDesign and assisting organizations with their digital publishing workflow and app building. You can follow him on twitter at @BartvdWiele or @DPSusers and visit his blog at

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