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38 Special: photographic special effects > Adding Motion Where You Want It

Adding Motion Where You Want It

This is a painless way to add motion to a still photo, and because you’re using a Layer Mask, you have a lot of flexibility in where the effect is applied, making it easy to remove or edit any excess motion.

Step One.
Open the photo you want to give a motion effect. Duplicate the Background layer in the Layers palette by pressing Command-J (PC: Control-J).


Step Two.
Go under the Filter menu, under Blur, and choose Motion Blur. The Motion Blur dialog presents two settings: Angle lets you choose which direction the blur comes from and Distance determines the amount of blur. In this case, set the Angle to 0° so the blur is horizontal, and increase the Distance slider (amount) until it looks realistic.

Step Three.
Hold the Option key (PC: Alt key) and click on the Layer Mask icon at the bottom of the Layers palette. Holding the Option/Alt key fills the Layer Mask with black, hiding the Motion Blur effect you applied to this layer.

Step Four.
Get the Brush tool from the Toolbox, and choose a medium-sized, soft-edged brush. Press the letter “x” until your Foreground color is white, then begin painting over the areas you want to have motion (as shown). As you paint, you reveal the Motion Blur that’s already applied to the layer.

Step Five.
Complete the effect by painting over all the areas that you want to have motion. If you make a mistake and reveal motion on an area where you don’t want it, simply switch your Foreground to black, then paint over the “mistake” area and the blur will be removed.



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