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Adding pan motion to a photograph

From: Photoshop for Photographers: Creative Effects

Video: Adding pan motion to a photograph

In the previous chapter we looked at how we could increase visual interest by using those filters which are part of the blur gallery. Well, here in this chapter, we're going to take a look at how we can add speed or motion or drama to our photographs by using some other popular blur filters. We'll start off with this photograph of this world-class athlete and here what I want to do is I want to add some motion to this picture. This is a photograph that I captured in the wind tunnel in San Diego when he was doing some aerodynamic testing. So I just want to add a little bit more of a sense of speed here.

Adding pan motion to a photograph

In the previous chapter we looked at how we could increase visual interest by using those filters which are part of the blur gallery. Well, here in this chapter, we're going to take a look at how we can add speed or motion or drama to our photographs by using some other popular blur filters. We'll start off with this photograph of this world-class athlete and here what I want to do is I want to add some motion to this picture. This is a photograph that I captured in the wind tunnel in San Diego when he was doing some aerodynamic testing. So I just want to add a little bit more of a sense of speed here.

To do that let's copy the background layer, press Command+J on a Mac, or Ctrl+J on Windows, and let's name this top layer Motion. Next, we'll navigate to our Filter pulldown menu, here we're going to select Blur, and we'll go pass the blur gallery filters. Let's make our way down to Motion blur. This is a really popular blur filter for photographers, because what it allows us to do is to add kind of this panning blur after the fact. You can see that we can control the overall angle and the distance of the blur.

If you change the angle you can see how the blur is now going top to bottom. So here we could create a little bit of an angle, so we can see that, we can also increase the overall distance. Now as you increase this more and more what you start to see is how this filter works. You can see kind of what the back wheel here that it's pushing it back and forward. It's changing this in different directions. You can see if we go before and after it's moving it forward and backwards. You have to keep that in mind because what we might need to do is mask this in just to one part of our photograph.

Well let's go ahead and create an angle, which is pretty straightforward. I'm just going to create an angle that's probably close to zero. Then I'm going to decrease the distance here. I just want to subtle blur effect and then click OK in order to apply that. Well, now that we have that effect on a separate layer we can see the before and then now the after. Well, that's nice except obviously it's blurring too much. So what I want to do is just mask this blur into certain areas. So let's click on the Add layer mask icon, next press the B key to select your Brush tool. With the Brush tool what we want to do is choose a brush which has a really nice soft edge so no hardness, we'll choose a pretty big brush and also our opacity we'll leave it pretty close to about 100.

I'm going to take mine to about 80% or so. Next, with this we'll go ahead and just start to paint back in some of the detail in this photograph. As you remember the blur is going to move in both directions. I don't want blur to be moving forward because that doesn't make sense rather I want to make sure the blur is just kind of coming off of the back of this particular photograph for this rider here. Here I'll press the left bracket key to decrease the brush size, and I'm just going to bring in a little bit more detail in a couple areas in the photograph.

And it's kind of fun because you can pan in detail and to the leading edge here, you can start to see how we have this blur and how we're trailing it off over there on the other side. Well, now that we have that you can see here's the before and then there is the after. To bring in more blur if we remove too much we'll just press the X key or flip those to by clicking on this icon to switch it to white, and then you can bring back in a little bit more blur if you want perhaps a touch more in certain areas. So in that way you can just kind of customize it.

Bring it in exactly where you want it. Well, now that we have that blur, now that we can see our before and after, the only other thing that you might want to do with this is you might want to experiment a little bit with moving this entire layer. What I mean by that is if you select the Move tool you can then use your left arrow key and just nudge it a little bit. See how I'm nudging that kind of pulling the blur back. I'm obviously moving too far here, but you can start to see how we you can push it back a little bit so that that blur is pushing to the left rather than moving forward.

And in this way it's trailing off in a better way. Well, there you have it, a quick and easy way to add motion blur to your photographs.

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Photoshop for Photographers: Creative Effects

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  1. 3m 0s
    1. Welcome
      59s
    2. Using the exercise files
      53s
    3. What you need to know before watching this course
      1m 8s
  2. 23m 0s
    1. Using Color Balance and Curves to create vivid color
      5m 16s
    2. Creating vibrant and exciting color: part 1
      5m 7s
    3. Creating vibrant and exciting color: part 2
      5m 57s
    4. Increasing color, saturation, and glow with blending modes and filters
      3m 28s
    5. Using Apply Image to enhance color
      3m 12s
  3. 31m 38s
    1. Creating Instagram-like effects with actions
      4m 46s
    2. Improving the impact of color with curves and color balance
      3m 36s
    3. Advanced color toning
      7m 29s
    4. Creating a more uniform color palette
      5m 4s
    5. Setting yourself apart with artistic color
      4m 28s
    6. Creating an edgy, muted, high-contrast look
      6m 15s
  4. 21m 25s
    1. Adding light for emphasis
      5m 26s
    2. Using adjustment layers to brighten and add color
      4m 31s
    3. Using the Lighting Effects filter
      5m 31s
    4. Removing an object from its environment
      2m 37s
    5. Creating a realistic shadow for an object
      3m 20s
  5. 22m 43s
    1. Understanding why blur matters
      1m 38s
    2. Using Field Blur in a traditional way
      2m 23s
    3. Creating "impossible" focus and blur with Field Blur
      4m 35s
    4. Creating Iris Blur effects
      6m 3s
    5. Adding Tilt-Shift Blur effects
      3m 24s
    6. Adding Tilt-Shift to a cityscape
      4m 40s
  6. 19m 46s
    1. Adding pan motion to a photograph
      3m 57s
    2. Creating a radial spin effect
      5m 17s
    3. Adding a radial zoom blur
      5m 12s
    4. Using selections and masks to create a zoom effect
      5m 20s
  7. 14m 9s
    1. Creating a subtle and realistic lens flare
      6m 1s
    2. Increasing drama by using multiple lens flare adjustments
      4m 20s
    3. Enhancing color and tone to make the Lens Flare effect come to life
      3m 48s
  8. 22m 57s
    1. Building creative effects with HDR toning
      6m 10s
    2. HDR toning and layer blending
      5m 33s
    3. Masking HDR toning into specific areas of a photo
      7m 29s
    4. Adding texture and snap to black-and-white images with HDR toning
      3m 45s
  9. 16m 44s
    1. Building a dynamic digital infrared effect
      4m 54s
    2. Combining infrared and HDR toning
      5m 23s
    3. Creating infrared with contrast and sharpness
      6m 27s
  10. 14m 53s
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      5m 44s
    3. Adding grain to a Smart Object
      4m 43s
  11. 30m 7s
    1. Adding grain and creating a sepia tone
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    3. Blending back some original color and adding a border
      4m 23s
    4. Creating a sepia tone and blending in texture
      3m 55s
    5. Adding film grain and more texture
      4m 44s
    6. Creating a distinct color and tone
      3m 36s
    7. Burning and dodging a vintage photo
      3m 58s
  12. 22m 43s
    1. Adding a prebuilt edge
      4m 40s
    2. Hand-painting a border or edge
      5m 44s
    3. Adding borders using custom shapes
      4m 48s
    4. Working with a real film edge
      3m 12s
    5. Adding external frames and borders
      4m 19s
  13. 17m 32s
    1. Building a creative effect with blending and adjustments
      5m 40s
    2. Combining clouds with a portrait for an imaginative effect
      7m 22s
    3. Blending images and graphics together to add visual interest
      4m 30s
  14. 13m 16s
    1. Finding and installing custom brushes
      4m 50s
    2. Using and modifying custom brushes
      5m 23s
    3. Experimenting with custom brushes
      3m 3s
  15. 22m 53s
    1. Why use Photoshop plug-ins?
      1m 4s
    2. Adding borders with PhotoFrame from onOne
      6m 9s
    3. Creating effects with Exposure by Alien Skin
      6m 9s
    4. Enhancing color with Color Efex Pro by Nik
      4m 49s
    5. Using Topaz Adjust to improve colors
      2m 55s
    6. Using VSCO Film with Camera Raw
      1m 47s
  16. 40s
    1. Goodbye
      40s

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