Oct 17, 2013

How to Add a Motion Blur in Photoshop

Taking An Image To The Next Level

This started as an incredible image by Daniel. We noticed just a couple small improvements that could really help to give it the magazine feel. The hardest part is always capturing your vision in camera, and Daniel nailed that. We’re just going to add a touch of style and refinement.

Basic Retouching

To start we did some simple retouching to the image. We used the liquify tool to help mold the hair and emphasize the styling. We also used the clone stamp tool and paint brush to clean up some of the hair around his eyes to give more definition to his face.

Adding Color to the Face

We did some very basic clean up on the models skin. For male subjects we typically prefer to leave the skin a little rougher and textured, it just looks more natural. The face lacked color for our taste so we used some curves adjustment layers to add a touch of color back to his skin.

Adding Style

The final part of our edit was to add a bit more interest to the image. We used a motion blur to add an element to the negative space and added some coloring to give it that magazine fashion feel.


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    Wes Jerdon

    HAHA!!! The “go balls deep” comment! I started tearing up a little bit, lol.

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    Daniel Towle

    Dear Aaron and the team,
    I just wanted to say thank you so much for editing this image of mine. Discovering Phlearn made me take the first step into starting studio photography, which for years I had been nervous about, feeling as if I knew nothing. Your lighting tutorials helped me to have the confidence to just do it instead of worrying I would just fail. Over the past months I have been watching every tutorial of yours on a daily basis. Phlearn is 100% responsible for me going from a hobbyist to know getting paid jobs, setting up my own website and now looking for representation. Your Photoshop tutorials have taken me from being scared of even dipping my toe into Photoshop, to now using it daily, knowing exactly what to do before i even open it up.
    I love the final image you have done. I struggled for ages with this photo when i first started, but your tutorial has demonstrated exactly what Phlearn is about. Doing things simply, effectively but most of all subtly! Something that most other tutorials online never accomplish.

    Thank you for everything.

    Daniel Towle

    P.S I shot this photo only yesterday with the same friend of mine, thank you Phlearn 🙂

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    pat cash

    Love ya ! You need to go back to creative live for another crazy workshop 🙂

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    Celeste Bosnic

    I have a question! great tutorial by the way…You always seem to use the 617 brush is this brush set to pressure sensitivity? does it have something special?

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    Nice one Aaron! How do you keep coming up with all these tips? Based on the things you encounter daily? Or do you teach as well, in order to know what your students want to know? Keep it up!!

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    this is soooo awesome!!! thank you so much Aaron!! Here is my example ( @Nette821 – IG and Twitter )