Today we’re creating a really cool motion blur effect in Photoshop. It’s very simple and it can be done or applied on any image. Go to Photoshop and choose an image where your subject is naturally creating a pose that lends itself to a little bit of motion. So that’s how we get the motion blur effect.
- Perfect Selections Made Easy For Motion Blur Effect
- Adjusting Opacity and Warp for a Distinct Look
- Creating Motion Blur Effect Using Filters
Basically, just click on your background layer. We’re going to get you to select up at the top and then down to select the subject perfectly. You’re going to see that they automatically select your subject. You may have to refine it.
Perfect Selections Made Easy For Motion Blur Effect
You can see it’s the best selection in the world. You can refine the selection using an Ed. Basically, once you have your selection, all you need to do is click on your background layer and hit Ctrl or command J.
You should have your background and layer one, and then on layer one, because you hit Ctrl or command J, it duplicates what was ever in that selection onto this new layer, so if you just click on that and drag with them Another tool. now we have another subject.
Setting Up the Perfect Background Layer
Let’s hit undo, and we are perfectly set up for this effect. Now go ahead and double-click the layer. We’re going to call the subject, and they should be basically in the exact same place as the background layer. If you zoom in, turn this off or on. It basically does not do anything. That’s exact how you want it.
Duplicate and Apply a Warp Effect
Let’s go to the next step is that we’re going to duplicate it. Then apply a warp to the duplication. So let’s show you how to do that and click on the subject. Now go and hit controller command J.
You can see, that it creates a subject copy. I’m going to just call this warp 01, and then put it underneath the subjects and want the final image of the subject to be on the top layer, and all of our warps are going to be under that.
Image Warping for Motion Blur Effect
Now with this warp 01 layer selected, it’s super easy. Hit controller command T for your transform. Right-click and go down to where it says warp and now zoom in. On the top, is the warp grid, then you can go and begin teasing it out which will make it seem like something has been moved a little bit.
Now you have to use the warp. You can see that it leaves this part alone with this image. The feed can obviously be done anywhere you would want to. For me, I think putting the hand up makes the most sense and then we’ll do this hand right down there as well. So you can start seeing the effect taking place.
Adjusting Opacity and Warp for a Distinct Look
Let’s go ahead and hit enter. So now that you will get your first warp effect. Then you can see how it looks. On the other hand, you just going to lower this opacity and go where it says opacity. Let’s just click on it. let’s go and type in 80 and hit enter.
You have like 80 opacity now instead of a hundred percent. Okay, and you can see the beginning of the look. All you have to do is duplicate it there and basically change the transparency and the warp so let. Try it again.
Creating Warp Effects Using Controller Commands
Go and hit Controller Command J. The time on warp01 controller command J, we’re going to call it warp 02, and then the secret is to put it underneath. So every time you do a duplicate, you have to put it underneath the previous one. Then from there, like literally, it’s the same controller command T.
Right-click and let’s go down to warp perfect, and then you can just kind of bring it out there, and I’m trying to maintain an equalish distance between those three. We go something like you can see, and then for the opacity. If you try sixty percent then you can kind of see the effect.
Warp Duplication & Opacity Customization
You need to do it again. So warp 01, warp 02, and control the command J. To duplicate that, Put it next, and we’ll call this warp 03 controller command T. Right-click Go down to Warp T. You can change those opacities at any time. Let’s try something like 30. This one will try like I don’t know 50, and the other one will try seventy percent. I think you look a little bit better results. That’s working all right.
Let’s do one more warp 03 controller command J to duplicate that, and put it underneath it and then we’ll just rename this warp 04. Controller command T right click Okay, bring it down. Boop the hand, bring it down there, and then this will just be 10. You have a really cool effect. Sincerely, I’m absolutely done with this point. The fact we can totally control. You are able to turn any of them on or off at will.
Subject Duplication and Image Manipulation
Now go to the call subject 01. If you hit Ctrl or Command J to just duplicate that whole thing, You go to just call this subject 02. You need to make this subject invisible, and then check this out. let’s start at the bottom. control like command T, right-click go to warp. You can have more or less of that effect, which is basically what you will be getting, right?
Just do this relatively quickly, basically the same type of thing, but I prefer to like fading it out over a longer period of time or, like, more spacetime, continuing to mess with reality hit enter.
So you can see, Just kind of like change that effect, so if you go back up there. Let’s zoom in just, you can see the corner object of your image. I’ve got that is your subject one with like not a tonne of travel there.
The subject two with a little bit more travel in that, which is kind of cool. Then if you want to take this a little farther. Let’s just call this subject 03 and we’ll make that invisible now. If you want to take this effect a little bit further and actually introduce a little motion blur effect, you can do that, like in Warp 04. Just be aware that this is our third iteration.
Creating Motion Blur Effect Using Filters
We’ll go filter down to blur for a motion blur effect, and you’ll go do a motion blur effect. let’s just go ahead and give it a little bit of motion blur effect, and you can see a nice preview if you go too far. You’ve got some motion blur effect from the controller command.
Click on the next one to filter the blur for a motion blur effect. There you go a little bit less blur and one filter, the motion blur effect. I gotta admit this process is a little bit repetitive, but it’s kind of cool that you can do it. controller command T, All right.
Dynamic Motion Blur Effect in Photoshop
Add a little bit of motion blur effect so it kind of fades from blur into focus as well to get motion blur effect. Not only do you have the actual opacity and the movement down there, but the fade and hope actually look pretty cool right?
I think they did look like a pretty cool effect you like. You see it looks like a long-exposure strobe effect in the camera. Notice how you didn’t like warping the lower part at all on purpose.
The lower part just looks exactly like they were, to begin with. They’re in the same exact place, so really you have complete control over what actually moves throughout the photo and the supercool effect. nice and easy, so again, you have your first version, and there you go.
You’ll just zoom in, so you can see if you have a person in your photo and the hand with a little less movement if you have in your photo, a little bit more movement, and then more movement with that blur, all basically done with the same effect I think you like. Hope the second one looks super cool.
This is a practical tutorial and we show the process of creating an easy but impressive motion blur effect in Photoshop. Copying layers, manipulating them differently, decreasing their opacity, and blurring only a particular section leads to a fantastic impression of motion blur effect within the picture.
Tech Donor shows how to control both the strength and position of the movement. That’s why you can vary your effect with different degrees of movement for artistic purposes. The purpose of this tutorial is to make people try using variations. It is for creators who want ways how they can make awesome dynamic visuals by themselves.