STEP BY STEP

Blur the lines

NPhoto - - Mimicking Camera Drag -

1 Du­pli­cate your shot

Open our wood­land start im­age and du­pli­cate it by press­ing Cmd/ Ctrl+J. The ‘Back­ground copy’ layer should be on top. Next, go to Fil­ter> Blur> Mo­tion Blur. Set Dis­tance to the max­i­mum 2000 Pix­els, and al­ter the an­gle to 90° to suit the ver­ti­cal lines of the trees. Change this an­gle for dif­fer­ent types of scene.

2 Repli­cate the ef­fect

Se­lect the blurred layer and du­pli­cate it us­ing Cmd/ Ctrl+J. We did this twice for our fin­ished im­age, but you could al­ways add more for a bolder ef­fect. Se­lect the lay­ers that you have just du­pli­cated one at a time, and set the blend­ing mode of each to Over­lay. Don’t de­spair if it looks hideous at this stage!

3 Get in or­der

Change the opac­ity of your orig­i­nal layer to 25%. You’ll see that fo­liage de­tail of the wood­land merges pleas­ingly with the blurred lay­ers. Drag the ‘Back­ground’ layer to the top of the stack. When ex­per­i­ment­ing with your own images, al­ter the opac­ity lev­els and layer or­der for dif­fer­ent re­sults.

4 Boost the colour

There are sev­eral ways to make your fi­nal im­age more im­pact­ful. We chose to boost Vi­brance. This ad­just­ment in­creases the in­ten­sity of sub­tle colours, but is more re­strained with well-sat­u­rated ones. Go to Im­age> Ad­just­ments> Vi­brance and change the Vi­brance to +25 and the Sat­u­ra­tion to +15.

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