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Learn to Create Effect of Rapid Movement on Photoshop (Part 2)

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In Part 2 (of two) of this tutorial learn how you can create the effect of object rapid movement using as an example a fast moving car.

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Learn to Create Effect of Rapid Movement on Photoshop

Step 1

Open PSD file that was created on Part 1 of this tutorial. Duplicate car layer by selecting car layer and using Ctrl+J. On new layer (Car Copy) go to Filter > Blur > Motion Blur:

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Step 2

Apply Edit > Transform > Skew to this layer:

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Step 3

Change blending layer mode to Dissolve.

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Step 4

Finally set Opacity for this layer to 10%.

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Step 5

Select Eraser Tool with soft-edged brush and erase dust in the hood area and side of the car.

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Step 6

Duplicate layer with the car once more (Car Copy 2) and merge this layer with layer we’ve just been working on (Car Copy) . As a result we get three layers: background layer, layer with the car and the layer with processed car (it’s situated above others).

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Step 7

Select top layer and go to Filter > Blur > Motion Blur.

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Step 8

Change blending layer mode to Lighten.

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Step 9

Select Eraser Tool with soft-edged brush again and erase the exposed part in hood area.

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Step 10

Merge all layers with the car and we will have again only two layers: background layer and car layer. Duplicate car layer using Ctrl+J and go to Filter > Liquify for copied layer.

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On the end you should have something similar to what i have:

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Step 11

Change blending layer mode to Linear Dodge (Add).

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Step 12

Select Eraser Tool with soft-edged brush one more time and erase everything from the front side of the car.

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Step 13

Create a new layer on top. Go to Gradient Tool, select Transparent Rainbow (standard Photoshop gradient) and make sure option Linear Gradient is selected. Fill new layer with this gradient.

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Step 14

Go to Edit > Transformer > Warp with layer selected.

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Step 15

Select Eraser Tool with soft-edged brush one more time and erase gradient from the front side of the car.

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Step 16

Change blending layer mode to Overlay.

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Final Image

Create a new layer, assign Soft Light blending mode for it. Pick up soft-edged brush and using the Brush Tool lighten the nearest headlight and the hood around the headlight and darken the edges of the image. To lighten we use white color (#ffffff), to darken – the black one (#000000). In the end set the layer opacity down to about 30%.

Learn to Create Effect of Rapid Movement on Photoshop

And our tutorial is finished.

Part 1

Part 1 of this tutorial has been published here.

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  • Alin

    Well at step 13 when i try to apply the gradient it just goes and covers all the file not just over the car

  • Richard L

    It’s a nice effect … however the direction of the motion blur is not lined up with the motion path of the vehicle, so it looks more like a cool swoosh effect than a speed blur I think.

  • :DD

    COOL!

  • Sanis D. Patil

    beautifully work, I like this

  • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mike-Giovinazzo-Photography mike giovinazzo

    nice work and a great introduction to many PS features.

  • Akshada K.

    really nice!!!!!!!!!!!

  • aditi

    OWSM..MAN…NO WORDS..ITS AMZAING…

  • sharon

    I wanted to make a motion blue on a class assignment. My image is a horse with butterfly wings but your adding the rainbow gradient raises it to a totally different level. It make it even more dazzling. Fingers crossed I can do it!
    Yes I can! Yes I can! Yes I can, said the little train! hehe

    Thank you very much! This kind of tutorial makes learning so much fun and takes away the sting of staying inside on a beautiful.
    Of course, you’ve now raised the bar for your self! ha ha!
    I look fwd to more spectacular tutorials.
    again, thanks!

  • vishal

    Nice editing .. i like d steps …

  • ….

    Heyy, i really loved the final image and i was hoping to use this for my car image that i took for my movement/motion project. But, i am kind of stuck on the 5th step for the 2nd part because i can’t find the right eraser to rub just the dust and not the car at the same time.
    plz reply…..

  • rony

    thanks for tutorial