A number of students have expressed interest in having me make a video tutorial on creating a motion blur and a student came to my last class with a perfect example photo. Enjoy watching the motion blur being applied to this image of the Colorado Classic Cycling Tour.
Image before motion blur:
Image after motion blur:
Creating a motion blur in Photoshop: Video Tutorial
Some things are just easier to explain in a video, enjoy!
Adding the motion blur
The video is the best way to learn how to create a motion blur, but here are some basics in text version. I started by creating a new layer via copy of the original image. Next, I added a motion blur to this layer by going to “Filter” -> “Blur” -> “Motion blur”. Once I was happy with the level of blurring, I added a layer mask. I hid the blurred layer and used the original image to select the cyclists. With the cyclists selected I made the motion blur layer show again, clicked on the layer mask thumbnail and painted black into the preselected cyclist areas. I had to deselect and hand paint in some of the black (block) areas and refine again with white.
I used a wacom tablet for much of the editing of the layer mask. Note that the quick selection tool doesn’t play nicely with the wacom tablet, so stick to your mouse for that step.
Have fun Photoshopping, and be sure to “like” or share my video if you found it helpful.