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Adding Motion Step By Step

This is an old trick that I've used for years to make an object look like it's in motion. This is often used for making an object look as if it's coming out of another object, such as an arm moving from off the screen, an object coming out of a box, etc.

STEP ONE: Open the object that you want to give the effect of movement to. Make a loose selection with the Lasso tool (L) (here I selected the man's forearms along with the bat), and go to the Layer menu, under New, and choose Layer via Copy (or press Control-J) to copy the selection onto its own layer.

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STEP TWO: Press Control-T to bring up the Free Transform function. Click within the bounding box and drag the layer to move it to the left slightly. Then, move your cursor outside the bounding box to the right and click-and-drag downward to rotate your image just a little. Now, press-and-hold the Shift key, grab a corner point, and drag inward to scale the image down a bit. Press Enter to lock in your transformation.

STEP THREE: Drag this rotated layer to the Create a New Layer icon at the top of the Layers palette to duplicate it. Repeat the same process you did in Step 2: bringing up Free Transform, dragging the object to the left, rotating it, making it smaller, and pressing Enter to lock in your transformation.

STEP FOUR: Repeat the process one more time (making a copy, bringing up Free Transform, moving it, scaling it, etc.) until your Layers palette looks like the one shown here.

STEP FIVE: In the Layers palette, click on Layer 1 (it should be above the Background layer). Lower the Opacity of this layer to around 50%. Press Alt-Right Bracket to switch to the next layer above it, then lower the Opacity of this layer to around 30%. Press Alt-Right Bracket again and lower the Opacity of the top layer to around 20%.

STEP SIX: In the Layers palette, click on Layer 1 again. Go under the Filter menu, under Blur, and choose Motion Blur. For Distance use 7 pixels or less, leave the Angle set at 0°, and click OK. Press Alt-Right Bracket to switch to the next layer above, then press Control-F to run the same Motion Blur on this layer. Repeat this process again for the remaining layers to complete the effect.

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