Phlearn Tutorial: How to Master the Motion Blur in Photoshop

Phlearn has debuted another really helpful and easy-to-follow tutorial about how to master motion blur in Photoshop. Early in my photography career, I would make the mistake of shooting motor sports with a high shutter speed. The cars would look sharp but they appeared to be parked on the race track. The technique shown in this video and the steps listed below would have helped add a more dynamic motion and story-telling elements to my otherwise static photographs. This is a great skill to master and can be applied in many scenarios.

The process is broken into 3 steps (after you take the image). You first cut your subject out (the element that stays sharp), you remove the subject from your background and place them on a new layer, and finally you apply motion blur effects to the background. Watch the video to learn the steps in greater detail.

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Oooor just use virtual rig studio pro and get the same result, but faster and better.

Douglas Sonders's picture

yes haha, if only virtual rig studio pro wasn't priced well over what the average consumer can afford

Jayson Carey's picture

a $2,500 plugin is not an option for 99% of photographers

Never thought of it, but wouldn't painting on the layer mask on the smart filter accomplish the same effect as using multiple copies of the layer? This way you just stack another smart blur and mask it's effect on the layer on the layer as well.

Surprised to see him using a Huion tablet. Good stuff for cheap.

I personally use PaintShop Pro for motion blurring ever since I learned from this guide: and I tried the same effect in Photoshop but it is much more complicated then with PaintShop Pro, so I am sticking with this method :)