Create a collage with the effect of “Stop Motion” in Photoshop

In this simple lesson, we will try to create a collage with the effect of “Stop-motion” (Stop motion, freeze frame). To do this, we will combine several snapshots to create a scene showing the actions of the object.

To create these images, we will need captured series of photographs from one, selected point, and objects captured in different positions. Then, we will combine and combine these photos in Photoshop using a layer mask to create an action history of an object.

Step 1

First, you need an image of the object / subject that you want to show whose story. These photos should be taken from one position, so use a tripod if possible, or find a surface to mount the camera.

You can move objects and props manually for each image. If you are working with someone or someone who can move independently (whether it is a toy train, a person or animals), you can use continuous shooting of your camera or sports mode to take several photos in quick succession.

Step 2

After you have taken a series of shots with which you were satisfied, you need to collect them in Photoshop. Find the first image in the series of your shots that we will use as the main document for our multi-exposure, open this photo in Photoshop, rename this layer to “Figure 1”.

Step 3

Then select the second image in your sequence of images, and drag the file into our document while holding down the Shift key, above the “Figure 1” layer. Name this layer “Figure 2”. Repeat this step and paste the remaining photos in the desired sequence, placing them one above the other.

Step 4

If the images are not perfectly aligned, you can use the auto-align layers feature in Photoshop. Select all the layers in the layers panel and go to: Editing (Edit) > automatically align layers (Auto Align Layers)

Step 5

Select automatic mode and click OK.

Step 6

Use the tool Frame (Crop) (C) to trim the excess canvas around the edges of your image.

Step 7

Now our images are aligned, let’s start to merge images. Click on the Eye symbol next to the layer on the panel. Layers (Layers) to turn off visibility from all layers except “Figure 1” and “Figure 2”.

Step 8

Select the layer “Figure 2” and add a layer mask to it – click on the icon Add layer mask (Add Layer Mask) at the bottom of the layers panel

Step 9

Press Ctrl + I to invert the layer mask, now the white rectangle has turned black. The “Figure 2” layer should now be completely invisible.

Step 10

Choose a tool Brush (Brush Tool) (B) and set the foreground color to white. Soft brush at 100% opacity (Opacity), paint our object. Now you should see the whole “Figure 1” layer and a part of the “Figure 2” layer, namely, our object, drawn with a white brush on the layer mask.

Translator’s Note: Inverting the layer mask with the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + I, we masked the image, that is, hid it, but did not delete it, you can return it at any time, to do this, change the brush color to white. Thus, using a black and white brush, leave visible on the layer “Figure 2” is only our object.

Step 11

Now, reduce the brush to 10% opacity and use it to smooth the layer mask, especially around reflections and shadows caused by the addition of a second object.

Step 12

Click on the eye icon next to the “Figure 3” layer and repeat steps 8-11. Do this with all the other layers in the Photoshop document.

Step 13

After you finish, click on the right sub-menu and flatten the layers: Layers (Layer) – Run down (Flatten Image). Our work – photography with the effect of “Stop motion” is ready!

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