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12 Hour Photoshop Breakdown Transports Jedi Newlyweds to Planet Hoth

By Hanssie on August 30th 2015

Don’t get mad at me, but I’ve actually never seen the entire Star Wars movie, or err, set of movies? (I’ve been on Star Tours at Disneyland like 600 times, so that’s sort of the same thing, right?) Even so, I know a cool Photoshop video when I see one, and the following timelapse is pretty amazing, even if you’re not a Star Wars fan.

Photographer Tanya Musgrave was asked by one of her clients to do a fun Star Wars themed image with one of his wedding photos on his wedding day. Musgrave, who “dabbles a bit in Photoshop as a hobby,” had planned on experimenting with infrared photography (which accounts for the very wide shot in the before picture below and why the clients were placed directly in front of the sun) with her newly converted Canon 7D. The bride was to hold a gun and the groom, a light saber. Other than that, there was no other plan. When the infrared images didn’t work out as hoped, the shots Musgrave happened to take via her Canon 5D Mark III were used. The results:





Turning a tree-lined park into the snowy planet of Hoth was no easy feat, especially not for a photographer who claims her Photoshop skills are basic. The following video is a 12-hour timelapse of Musgrave transporting her newlywed couple into a Hoth battle scene. Musgrave used the paintbrush with masks which “was the best [she] could do.” Musgrave tells us, “I’ve since been informed of refine edge and channel selection for next time—Mind. Blown. I can’t wait to cut those 12 hours in half.” The 12 hours didn’t  include her “slamming her head on her desk,” (that’s how I feel when working with Photoshop, too).

Musgrave is the first to admit that she’s still learning and loves incorporating the pop culture into her work. She’s gotten inquiries from all around the world and already has her next “fun” project planned. Can’t wait to see it. To follow Tanya Musgrave, make sure you check out her website here.

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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

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  1. Pocho Nieves

    I can tell you how to cut this from, I guess 12hrs, to about 2 hrs.

    I seen that you didnt mask any of the elements, instead you were deleting the images until you got the element you needed, for example the couple. This is were you burnt your productivity. Instead use the polygonal lasso.

    First get all the elements you will use, compile them and put them in a folder. Then use the lasso and masked your elements out and save them as PSD or once you cut or masked them import them as layers into your composition.

    Also instead of painting and creating some of the elements you use to blend them into your composition, work with duplicating layers and filters like blurs and CTRL+L to match the tones with the rest of the composition.

    This is a great composition, but if indeed you took 12 hrs there are ways to cut that time so then you can be more productive. If you use lasso tools and get used to them you will be a rhythm and should be doing this in an hour.

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  2. Andrew Goodman

    this is brilliant and really cool! i am just after doing a similar thing for a wedding client but in video i think its great fun to mix it up a bit at weddings and do stuff like this… good fun on the day and great looking back at it.

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  3. Colin Woods

    Forgot to add, its a superb video. Her PS skills may need refining but her imagination doesn’t.

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  4. Colin Woods

    You are not alone. I am now quite used to the stunned stares when I tell people that I have only seen the first Star Wars film once, didn’t like it and have not seen any of the others.

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  5. Paul Empson

    Love the finished image, impressive and concept via workflow to presentation.. very well done.

    however.. a few points raised..

    1: I thought my PS skills were basic… where do I rate now :-D
    2: as a self-promo image to wow clients it’s excellent… though I wonder how many couples will a:pay extra for it.. or b: expect it ‘free’ in their package.. “after all it just takes a few clicks” ;-)
    3: love the music too, BTW..
    4: 12 hours in photoshop… plus many hours scouring the web for supplementary images, arranging the shoot, travel to & from location… I’m guessing..

    Time, very, well spent for marketing.. though I feel a shift in the farce that is client expectations: ‘all 500 of our images edited like this, pre-shoot, all-day coverage and expensive album… for $385 / £250.. ..yeah?”

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  6. Brandon Dewey

    WOW!!! that was cool!

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  7. Marlon Fortune

    just love compositing.

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  8. Barry Cunningham

    2P2W. [too painful to watch]

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