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James Ar­taius shows you how Pho­to­shop El­e­ments’ Guided mode can re­ally add a sense of speed to your static shots

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Add a speed pan to make your static shots look ac­tion-packed

Get­ting a suc­cess­ful pan­ning shot – where you track a mov­ing sub­ject, pan­ning the cam­era as it moves, in or­der to turn the back­ground into a mo­tion blur – can be very dif­fi­cult to achieve. Just ask any­one who’s tried shoot­ing birds in flight!

For­tu­nately, Pho­to­shop El­e­ments has an in­cred­i­bly pow­er­ful tool that en­ables you to add a ‘Speed Pan’ ef­fect to your im­ages. Even bet­ter, it is one of the pro­gram’s Guided modes, mean­ing that it’s an in­tel­li­gent process that walks you through a se­ries of sim­ple steps that even a com­plete new­comer to post pro­duc­tion will find to be rather straightforward.

The ef­fect is very con­vinc­ing and will en­able you to turn your static im­ages of cars, birds and sports into dy­namic ac­tion shots. Us­ing the starter image we’ve sup­plied for you on our cover disc (or via the down­load link on this page), you can add a speed pan to an image of a skate­boarder per­form­ing a trick.

At the heart of this ef­fect, El­e­ments is per­form­ing some clever layer mask­ing tech­niques to add the mo­tion blur. You can ac­tu­ally see this at work in step five, as a layer mask thumb­nail is vis­i­ble in the Lay­ers pal­ette. The Guided mode does all the hard work for you, though, so you can get great re­sults with­out hav­ing to learn the tech­nique for yourself.

Take a look at the fin­ished image and we think you’ll agree – any­one would be hard pushed to tell that the ef­fect wasn’t achieved in-cam­era as a pan­ning shot!




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