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Photoshop - Motion Blur

Any type of blur in Photoshop softens the pixels, smearing them across the screen. A motion blur has the added effect of smearing the pixels in the direction of your choice. A motion blur sort of mimics the effect of smearing paint across a canvas sometimes allowing colors to bleed one into another.

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Before and After:

Motion Blur

Motion Blur

The creation above started out as two separate layers, one with red text and another with black text. The black text layer was a few font sizes larger than the red. The whole document is 300 pixels wide and 200 pixels tall.

Highlight Black Layer:

Two Layers

Create a Motion Blur:

  1. With the 'black text' layer selected, Access the Filter menu at the top of Photoshop.
  2. Filter>Blur>Motion Blur
  3. Set an angle of motion.
  4. Angle of Motion - 20
  5. Set a distance (in pixels).
  6. Distance
  • Angle: 20 degrees
  • Distance: 100 pixels

A Motion Blur:

Motion Blur

Blurring in general softens edges allowing you to create transition in your presentations. A motion blur takes this step one step further by also choosing an angle and an amount (distance) to blur.

Photoshop - Motion Blur Examples

Here's a few examples of what can be achieved with the motion blur filter.

  1. Wood Grain and Texture.

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