The motion blur filter - Martin Podt Photography
Fading memories...

I have a love and hate relationship with the motion blur filter of Photoshop. I started using it in 2011 for my forest shots and since then I have applied it every now and then to some of my photos in the hope to get a nice end result. And often for a short moment I like it but later I don’t like it that much anymore. Still I keep on trying to use this filter. :) In this article, I will briefly explain how to apply it.

The first step is to open the photo in Photoshop.

Background layer

Then make a copy of the layer. On this duplicate layer, apply the motion blur filter. In the menu go to Filter Blur – Motion Blur.

Select the motion blur filter

Choose an angle of 90 degrees and a distance of something like 150 pixels or any value that you like.

Choose filter settings

Then you need to apply a mask to the blurred layer and with a brush you can paint in the areas where you want the effect and where not.

Apply a mask to the blurred layer

If you do this carefully and after applying some color and contrast changes, you can end up with something like the photo below. If you are interested in learning more about my workflow and editing techniques, check out my workshops.

Straight out of the camera

Final image

Some more examples

  • Forest in motion
  • Hallermotion
  • Brighten up
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