Mastering Photoshop Smart Objects: Creating a Star Wars Crawl

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.

Originally published January 22, 2015

Posted on: December 21, 2015

Bart Van de Wiele

Bart started his career as a graphic designer specialising in print, e-publishing and image retouching. After 7 years he started working as an Adobe Certified Instructor providing classroom training and consulting using various Creative Cloud products. He's a renowned speaker at conferences in Europe, Australia and the United States and has written many articles on Adobe's print and e-publishing products. Bart joined Adobe in 2015 as a Solution Consultant where he supports the Creative Cloud enterprise business and is a public speaker at Adobe marketing- and other PR events.

8 Comments on Mastering Photoshop Smart Objects: Creating a Star Wars Crawl

  1. The Force is strong with this one… I’m glad to see you using your Photoshop Jedi Master-y for good instead of evil, Bart.  ;o]  But seriously, that is really cool – I must confess I never thought about SO’s for animation.  And you make it look so easy!  I wonder if Lucas and Spielberg shake their heads when they see stuff like this, thinking of all the long hours spent in post-production back in the 70s…  ;o) 

  2. This was SO cool…thanks for sharing those techniques with us.  I really have no reason to use the animate feature in my regular workflow, but based how this tutorial used smart objects, I suddenly understand them and can see lots of ways they will be useful.  YAY!

  3. Impressive and nicely presented. Thank you!

  4. Obi Wan Adobe oobie doobie do! Or, as the hated Jar Jar Binks would say, “Me so amazed!” This is fantastic!

  5. Is there a link to download the files for this? Thanks.

  6. This is amazing! Good work!

  7. That was so cool! You made the Star Wars crawl look so simple! Thank you!

  8. Mary Ann Walsh

    July 8, 2020 at 3:03 pm

    Great tutorial on the Star Wars scroll! Thanks so much! Cant wait to try it!

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