Playing With Pixels
Adding Speed, Motion, And Excitement To Photos
Want to add some pizzazz to your existing photos? One way to accomplish this goal is to create the feeling or impression that a still subject is moving. With Adobe Photoshop, it's relatively easy. Here's how to do it.
Step One. Open your picture in Photoshop. Remember that you can easily change the direction in which your subject is moving by using the Crop and Tilt tools, as I did for the airplane illustration in this article. In this example, I also cropped out some of the dead space around the airplane; cleaned up dust on the pictures using the Clone tool; and boosted the blues by first selecting the sky with the Magic Wand tool and then choosing Adjust > Color Balance and moving the blue slider all the way to the right (maximum).
Make a duplicate layer of your photo. Now you have two photos that are
exactly the same--one on top of the other.
Step Four. Choose
the Eraser tool and erase the blur in all the areas of the photos where
a natural speed blur would not occur, that is, in front of the subject.
This leaves the blur where it naturally would occur--behind the subject.
In the case of the jaguar (photographed
in captivity in Belize, Central America...hey you gotta be honest
here, you know), I used the same basic technique: I applied just a slight
blur to the left side of the animal's head to create the effect
that he is turning to his right.
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