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Star Wars Motion Graphics with Unreal Engine

In this tutorial, mograph veteran Aharon Rabinowitz shows you how to recreate the Disney+ animated Star Wars logo using Unreal Engine.

We’ll look at how to import 3D models, set up lighting, build materials, and animate it, all right inside of Unreal. Then we’ll render it out and bring it all together in After Effects (or any video editor of your choice).

This is the way!

Don’t forget to download the project files below and follow along!


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Watch the full tutorial (it's worth it!) but here's the cliff notes:

⚙️  Project Setup & Materials

Start your Unreal Engine project with ray tracing and import your 3D models. Dive into creating materials, from a glowing neon light for a futuristic look to a reflective metal material for added realism.

💡  Lighting, Reflections & Animation

Enhance your scene with path tracing for realistic reflections and advanced lighting techniques. Animate your objects and environment with linear keyframes for smooth movements and dynamic lighting effects.

🧱  Material & Scene Animation

Add depth to your animations by manipulating material properties for fading effects and glowing intensity. Adapt your project elements to fit new scenes, like a Darth Vader-themed animation, for creative flexibility.

🎬  Final Touches & Post-Production

Fine-tune your animation with camera adjustments and keyframe tweaks. Render your project with optimal settings, then polish it in After Effects with layering, color correction, and glow effects for a professional finish.

Want to dive deeper? Check out Unreal Engine for 3D Artists, our self-paced course that'll get you movin' in Unreal .

Not sure where to start?

If you’re a beginner, here are some great courses to help you get started:

After Effects Kickstart

Dive into the fundamentals of motion design with our most popular (and recently updated) After Effects course.


Photoshop + Illustrator Unleashed

Master the basics of Photoshop and Illustrator and gain invaluable insights in this introductory level course.


Design Kickstart

An introduction to the design principles behind all great work.


More Advanced?

If you’re a more advanced student looking to up your game, here are some great options:

Animation Bootcamp

Learn the art and principles of creating beautiful movements in Adobe After Effects.


Design Bootcamp

Learn to design for motion in this intermediate-level, project-based course.


Cinema 4D Basecamp

Learn Cinema 4D from the ground up in this exciting introductory C4D course.


Now is the time to learn the skills you need to advance in your motion design career: