2.5D Parallax Photo Effect Photoshop Tutorial

2.5D Parallax Photo Effect Photoshop Tutorial

Hello everyone Chris here from Spoon Graphics backwith another video tutorial.

Today's guide is perfect for photography fansand anyone who enjoys working with motion graphics.

It's an interesting effect thattakes a static photograph and brings it to life with subtle movement, often referredto as 2.

5D, or the parallax effect.

The effect makes use of Adobe Photoshop tocut out an image, then uses the timeline feature to convert the still picture into a video.

It works by clipping the image into different areas, then adding subtle movement so thatthe foreground and background move at different rates to create a slow motion panning effect.

It works best with images where there's aclear contrast between the subject and its background, so choose a picture that has anobvious outline that you can trace around.

Open the image in Photoshop, then select thePen tool and begin tracing around the main subject.

Keep the path within a few pixelsfrom the edge to avoid accidentally capturing any slithers of background in the cut out.

When you've traced the image back to the startingpoint, close the path then right click and choose Make Selection.

Enter 0.

5px in thefeathering option to eliminate the hard edge, then Copy and Paste the selection onto a newlayer.

Double click the Background layer to makeit a workable layer, then hold the CMD or CTRL key while clicking the thumbnail of thecut out layer to load its selection.

With the background layer still selected,go to Select > Modify > Expand and enter 10px.

Next, go to Edit > Fill and make sure theoption is set to Content Aware.

Photoshop will automatically fill the space the bestit can to erase the original subject.

Toggle off the visibility of the cut out layer tosee the result.

It doesn't have to be perfect, but it will help disguise any areas wherethe foreground and background become unaligned from their original positions during the animation.

Turn the visibility of the cut out layer backon, then create a new document.

Since the final effect is exported into video format,I'm making a 1080p document at 1920×1080 pixels.

Switch back to the original document and selectboth layers.

Drag them into the new video document and position them centrally.

Individually select each layer and chooseConvert to Smart Object from the right click menu.

This will allow us to scale the imagedown and back up without affecting the quality.

Next, go to the Window menu and select Timeline.

Make sure the option is set to Create Video Timeline rather than Create Frame Animation,then click the button.

Click the little drop down arrow for the firstlayer in the timeline and click the little stopwatch icon to set a keyframe under theTransform option.

Press the CMD+T shortcut to Transform, thenhold Shift and scale the background to fill the majority of the canvas.

Move the playhead to the end of the timeline,then click the little keyframe icon to set a new position.

Transform the background againand scale it up slightly.

Photoshop will automatically animate the size between the two keyframesfor the duration of the timeline.

Repeat the process with the other layer thatcontains the main subject.

Add a Transform keyframe at the start and end of the timelineand adjust the size of the layer.

This time scale the subject in the opposite direction,so go from large to small to intensify the parallax effect.

Scrub the playhead back to the beginning thenpress the Play icon to see the effect.

The first time it plays it might be a little jumpyuntil it renders the timeline, but the second time should play through smoothly.

The result is a cool subtle animation wherethe foreground and background move at different rates to create a parallax effect.

The final video can be exported by headingto File > Export > Render Video.

Set the filename and change the preset to YouTube HD 1080p,which should be available if you have Adobe Media Encoder installed as part of Premiereor After Effects from the full Adobe CC suite.

This parallax effect also works great withlandscape images where there's clear definition between the horizon and sky.

It works exceptionallywell if the foreground, middleground and background can be separated and moved independently.

In this next example I'm creating a clippingof the ridgeline and creating a timeline of the mountains in the foreground against thenorthern lights in the sky.

A subtle scale on the mountains layer againstsome slight rotation of the sky creates a cool effect when the animation is played through.

The trick is to adjust the keyframes just enough so they produce some subtle motion.

You can always move the timeline playheadback over a keyframe and readjust the transformation, or you can switch the keyframes around sothe transformation plays in the opposite direction.

In this next example, I'm creating a cut outof a snowboarder from the background.

The content aware fill left some unwanted areas,so they were cleaned up with the Clone Stamp tool.

This time, I added a couple of extra snoweffect layers.

This exact snow overlay effect product is available to Access All Areas memberson my Spoon Graphics website, but the effect itself can be easily created by manually dabbinga bunch of white splodges with a brush and adding some subtle blurring.

A video timeline was created for all the layers,then each section was animated independently by adjusting the size and position.

The addition of the snow layers helps intensifythe parallax effect and creates more of a cool slow motion video, disguising the factthat it all began as a still image.

So I hope you have some fun with this parallaxeffect to bring your own photographs to life.

It provides a cool new way to experience yourshots in a kind of pseudo video format, as opposed to basic stills in the slideshow.

If you enjoyed the tutorial or learnt anynew tips, a thumbs up to help spread the word would be really appreciated.

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So as always thank you very much for watching and I'll see you in the next one.

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