Hello again groovyReaders and groovyPhotoshoppers! Today, we’ve got a very easy and cool motion effect you can do for yourself in even the earliest versions of Photoshop. All you need is a good image to get started with and you can get going right away:
Step 1 – Separating your object from its background
If you are using a photo, make sure to separate it onto its own layer first. If you don’t know how to do this check out some of our other Photoshop tutorials to find out.
Step 2 – Duplicating the object Layer
To duplicate the layer, Press Ctrl+J or Right-click and choose Duplicate Layer.
Then drag and drop the layer copy below original…
Next, arrange the duplicate layer so its slightly off to the side from the original.
Step 3 – Applying the Motion Effect
Now, making sure you have your duplicate layer selected, go to Filters > Blur > Motion Blur and then find an appropriate angle and distance.
Then hit the OK button to see the results.
Heavier Motion Blur:
Since the motion blur will somewhat lower the opacity of your object, you can duplicate the lower layer a few times for a heavier motion effect. Here’s a quick comparison:
Other types of motion effects:
If regular motion blur doesn’t quite appeal to you, then maybe you should try Radial Blur. It can get you a pretty interesting effect, just like the one I did on the icon of this tutorial.
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