Photoshop – Add Movement with Blur

Photoshop – Add Movement with Blur

September 3, 2019 1 By Peter Engel


Hello, I’m Helen Bradley. Welcome to this
video tutorial. In this tutorial I’m going to show you how you can add movement to a
simple image using Blur. Before we get started let’s have a look at the effect that we’re
trying to achieve. This here is the original image. It’s a fairground image and it’s not
actually in very good focus. So we’ve going to give an effect to the image that’s going
to suggest movement and take your attention a little bit away from the fact that the focus
is not directly on these girls. We’re going to do that by adding a Motion Blur to the
image and then mask out the blur. Then I’m going to boost the color in the image just
a little bit and we’ll finish off with this sort of Glow effect which really centers your
attention in on what’s happening here on the fairground ride. So let’s see how we’re going to achieve this
effect. Here I have a duplicate of the original image. I’m going to make a second background
layer so I’m going to right click on this layer, choose Duplicate Layer and click Ok.
That gives me two of these background layers. This one I’m going to blur. I’ll do that by
choosing Filter, Blur and I want to use a Radial Blur because that’s the kind of blur
that is going to spin out from where they are. I could use Spin which is around where
they are or Zoom. And I think Zoom is going to work best for this image. Here I can position
the center of the blur anywhere I want it and I’m thinking somewhere around this girl
or this girl’s face would be best so I’m going to position it sort of in the bottom corner
of the image just sort of around about here. And then I can choose the amount and pretty
much an amount between 30 and 40 is probably going to be sufficient for this image. It
doesn’t need to be too scientific. So I’ll click Ok. And there’s our Blur effect. You
can see it’s centered on this area here. In fact I might just undo it and just place it
a little bit better. So now I can add a mask to this layer so that
we can start painting back the detail over the girls’ faces. To do that I’ll click this
icon at the foot of the Layers palette. It’s the Add Layer Mask icon. It adds a white filled
layer to the image. I want black as my Foreground color so I’m going to press D to get back
to the default colors and then X to make black my Foreground color. I could also just click
on this icon here to set the default colors and click here to invert the colors so that
black is my Foreground color. I need a brush so I’ll click on the Brush tool and I’m just
going to select a nice soft brush with a fairly large size on it. This is 300 pixels. Now
it’s still a little bit small so I’ll press the Square Bracket key to make it a little
bit bigger, make sure the mask is targeted. It’s got this little box around it so that
I’m painting on the mask not on the image and I’m just going to bring back in detail
over these girls’ faces. Then shrink the brush down a little bit using the Square Bracket
key and just bring in some detail from the fairground ride and bring in their arms as
well. So I’m interested in these three girls but not a lot of what’s happening in the background.
So I’m just going to bring them back in and leave everything else nicely out of focus.
Now you can be more careful with this and if you make a mistake just switch colors and
go back and paint the blur back onto the areas that you removed the blur from. I think I’m
going to add a bit more blur into the background here to try and get rid of that fairground
rider behind the girls because it’s not relevant to our subjects here. So once I’ve got that the way I want it to
look I’m going to add a bit more Vibrance but I’ll only going to do it to the background
layer so that the Vibrance is only going to come through on the areas that are actually
sharp. To do that I’ll choose Layer, New Adjustment Layer and I’ll choose Vibrance. Vibrance is
a good adjustment for color because what it does is it saturates undersaturated colors
and it also has a protection for skin tones so skin tones won’t blow out and go all orange.
And so I’ve just brought in a little bit more Saturation into that image. You can see that
if I added Saturation instead of Vibrance kind of Saturation we’re going to blow out
all their skin tones. It’s not going to look attractive at all. But Vibrance is a really,
really good adjustment to use here. Now once we’ve done this we want to add our
sort of White Glow effect and I’m going to do that with a new layer so I’m just going
to click the Add New Layer icon here. And I need to fill it with something and it doesn’t
matter what I fill it with so I’m just going to fill it with this aqua color that is my
currently set Foreground color. I’m going to click in that layer and press Alt Backspace,
Option Delete to fill it with the color. Now you might be thinking that we’ve made a huge
mistake here because we want a white glow and right now we’ve got a blue fill but if
we reduce the fill on this layer to zero we’ll get nothing. But because we’ve actually got
some content here we do have something that we can add a glow to. So I’m going to click
here on this FX icon and choose to add an Inner Glow. Now the Inner Glow I want needs
to be white so for a start I’m going to set the color here to white or nearest to it that
I can be bothered setting right now. I also want it to be nice and soft. I want it to
be on the edge and I want it to be quite a large size. So you can see I’m dragging it
in to a large size here. We can make it more opaque and we could also change the contour
on it if we wanted to. But essentially what I’m looking for is a nice white edge to the
image so I’ll click Ok. So there’s the effect that we just added to block out the edges
of that image. So here’s the result that we’ve achieved.
We’ve taken this image. We’ve added a bit of Vibrance to it. We’ve added the Motion
Blur and then brought back the details in just the girls themselves and then we’ve added
this Glow effect around the edge to really focus in on the girls as being the detail
point in the image. I’m Helen Bradley. Thank you for joining me
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