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Chapter 12. Creative Techniques > Creating animation from a still image

Creating animation from a still image

Another method for creating the illusion of motion in Photoshop Elements is to start with a single still image, duplicate the image onto a series of separate layers, and then slightly shift each layer either horizontally or vertically. When saved as an animation, it will appear as if a camera is slowing panning through a scene. You’ve probably seen this technique used in documentaries, where for lack of film or video footage, the camera pans slowly over an archival photograph.

In this example, we’ll shift successive frames horizontally to create the illusion of panning past a ship at rest in a harbor. You can use this same technique with photos of large family groups or any other instance when you want to control exactly where your viewer’s attention is drawn. This technique can be particularly effective when used along with the wide panoramic images you create using Photomerge Panorama.


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