Have you ever wondered how to create really cool kinetic/motion blur effects with your photos? Here’s an easy to follow how-to guide that will help you discover some really useful techniques and tips.
The motion blur can be created using Photoshop. Motion blur makes objects look as though they are traveling at high speed.
Here’s how to do it:
1. Choose a picture and upload it into Photoshop.
2. Duplicate your layer by pressing CTRL + J.
3. Go to filter – blur – motion blur.
4. In the window that pops up, choose the motion blur direction and the distance of the radius.
5. Next, select the History Brush Tool.
6. Set the opacity to 50%s.
7. Remove what you want to appear clear with your soft brush. To repeat the motion blur, press Ctrl + J until you get the desired effect.
Adding color to your motion blur
1. Begin by creating a new layer.
3. Set your panel with the gradient tool, choosing whichever color formations you like.
4. Add your gradient.
5. Above the Layers tool, click “Normal” and select “Overlay”.
6. Use the eraser tool to create detail.
7. Reduce the opacity to create the final effect.
Check out this excellent video tutorial for a more visual approach to learning.
If you want to make a rocket take off in Photoshop, take a look at this simple tutorial and have a go yourself.
1. Open a new document file – new and set document size to 500 x 500. Name your new document “Animation”, and save.
2. Go to Windows – Animation to get an animation tool bar up on the screen, which will control the playback.
3. Next, select the pictures you want to animate (someone pulling funny faces in quick succession works particularly well). Drag and drop them into Photoshop.
4. Select the Move All tool, and drag and drop each photo into your original document, saving each one as a new Layer.
5. Next you want to make all layers into frames by clicking the arrow at the top of the animation tool bar and select “make frames from layers”.
6. Delete the empty white box animation frame.
7. The number underneath each picture is the time interval between each frame. Change this to 0.2 seconds.
8. Go to file – save optimized and choose where you want the doc to be saved.
Check out this video for a better understanding of how to achieve this.
So, why not have a go at these fun Photoshop motion techniques yourself and have fun with your images?
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