Join Uli Staiger for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding motion to the whole wasp, part of Photoshop Artist in Action: Uli Staiger's Wasp Attack.
Of course, we have to add some movement to the wasps because it's more like hanging in the air than really flying. And in order to add some movement, we take again that Radial Blur, but we take it in a different way this time. And we want to move the whole thing with the wings, so the best thing to do would be to create a Smart Object first. And maybe to name the layer, so this is Wasp 01. We have the selective color correction and the two wings. I just mark all of them and create a new Smart Object, Convert to Smart Object. So everything is in here, and again it's a good thing to name it. Alright, here we go.
Now, we can use the Filter. But there is one thing I want to tell you about the Radial Blur, it works with Smart Objects, but only if you use the zoom Blur Method just before we took the Spin Method. And this does not work with Smart Objects. I don't know why this is this way, but that's the facts. So this time, I want to zoom it. I want zoom move it, zoom blur it. And this is the reason why we can't use this Smart Object. Of course, we don't want to use it for the whole image, we just want to use it for the wasp. So again, I take this Marquee tool and mark the wasp. Just make sure every part is inside, all the wings, also the top wing, and now I can use the Filter > Radial Blur.
And as I said before, we have to use the Zoom Method now. And I suggest to use the zero point somewhere here where the head of the wasp is. So, something like this. Because also, this rectangular shape is the same as this one. Somewhere here. Best, we take an amount of 10 to start with. And, just want to see if it works. Well, it works but it doesn't work very well.
(LAUGH) It's just blurred in some way, so I just open it again by double-clicking. And maybe move this spot up a little bit towards here. Go back from 10 to 5 and try again. Looks a lot better. I open it up again, but probably have to move it down a little bit like this. Try again. Stick to the 5, and now you can see that the head is very well in shape. I could even use a little bit more of a strength, so I go back. I leave the point, but go back and increase the amount from 5 to 7 and try again.
Yup, and now my wasp is in a very, very fine movement.
- Opening the starting image
- Creating transparency
- Painting a shadow
- Nondestructive brightening techniques
- Inserting and scaling a wasp
- Creating a swarm
- Creating the lighting