Motion illusion in Photoshop

In this lesson, you will learn how to use all types of blur to create the illusion of movement, as well as add focus to an image in Adobe Photoshop.

Final result

Source materials:

Step 1

At the beginning, let’s add the effect of movement to the static image of the car.

Open the “Car” image in Photoshop and then duplicate the image with the car Ctrl + J.

Step 2

Apply filter Motion blur (Motion blur), for this we go Filter Blur – Motion Blur (Filter> Blur> Motion Blur).

Step 3

Add a layer mask to the duplicate layer with blur. Layer – Layer Mask – Show All (Layer> Layer Mask> Reveal All).

On the layer mask of the layer, process the image of the car with a soft black brush so that the motion blur effect is present only in the background.

In the screenshot below, I painted the image of the car in red where you have to paint with a black brush on the layer mask of the layer as a guide.

The result should be as in the screenshot below.

Step 4

Press Ctrl + Shift + Alt + E to merge all visible layers into one layer, and then use the tool Oval area (Elliptical Marquee Tool), create a selection around the front wheel of the car.

Step 5

Next, on the selection, apply the filter Radial Blur (Radial Blur), for this we go Filter – Blur – Radial Blur (Filter> Blur> Radial Blur). In the parameter Method (Method Blur), select the option Annular (Spin) and shift the parameter slider Degrees (Amount) until the end to the right. In this step, we will apply Ring Blur (Spin Blur) to our wheel so that it looks as if it is spinning fast.

The wheel should look as shown in the screenshot below:

Step 6

Repeat the action with radial blur to the rear wheel. The result should be as in the screenshot below.

Step 7

Add a layer mask to the radial blur layer, let’s go Layer – Layer Mask – Show All (Layer> Layer Mask> Reveal All) and using a soft black brush with an opacity of 50%, paint around the edges of the spinning wheels to hide any noticeable / coarse lines.

Step 8

Create another merged layer from all visible layers by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Alt + E. And then to the merged layer, add Motion blur (Motion blur), set the value Offsets (Distance) 700px.

Result Motion Blur (Motion blur):

Step 9

Change the blending mode for this layer to Lightening (Screen), next, add a layer mask, for this we go Layer- Layer Mask – Hide All (Layer> Layer Mask> Hide All).

Paint over the layer mask over the back of the car, creating a feeling of movement.

Duplicate this layer by pressing the Ctrl + J keys. Next, press Alt + Backspace to fill the layer mask with black color, then shift the layer a little up (holding the Ctrl + Shift + keys and press the TOP key once):

Paint over the layer mask with a white brush, as shown in the screenshot below:

The final result:

Other types Blur

Another interesting effect that you could apply to an object or person, creating the feeling that it runs very fast, is Line Blur (Zoom Blur).

Open the image “Running Man”, also duplicate the layer with the image of a running man.

Next, go Filter – Blur – Radial Blur (Filter> Blur> Radial Blur). In the parameter Method (Method Blur), select the option Line Blur (Zoom Blur).

To duplicate a layer with blur, add a layer mask, for this we go Layer- Layer Mask – Hide All (Layer> Layer Mask> Hide All). Gently paint with a white brush on the layer mask of the layer so that only the image of the running person appears, as well as slightly paint the piece of land in front of the person. The result should be as in the screenshot below.

Another technique is the application of focus to an image of an object or person using Gaussian Blur (Gaussian Blur) and image blur with the exception of the object / person on which we want to focus. So let’s try.
Open the image “Teenagers”, also duplicate the layer with the image of teenagers.

Apply Gaussian blur (Gaussian Blur), set a blur radius of 3.5px. For this we go Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur).

Now, let’s assume that we want to focus only the girl who is in the middle.

To duplicate a layer with blur, add a layer mask, for this we go Layer – Layer Mask – Show All (Layer> Layer Mask> Reveal All) and using a soft black brush, paint over the top of the girl, which is located in the middle. When painting, be careful not to brush further away from the object of focus. As you can see, the effect is gentle, but tangible.

You can use this type of selective blur to enhance focus on an object, body part (for example, face, eyes) or a specific part of the image. The only thing you need to remember is that gentle effects work best.

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