Posts Tagged ‘alpha channels’

Add motion trails to a silhouette in Photoshop: Deke’s Techniques

Published by | Tuesday, August 27th, 2013
Add motion trails to a silhouette in Photoshop

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Make the subjects of your photos look like they’re moving “faster than light” in this week’s episode of Deke’s Techniques. Learn how to add bright motion trails to silhouetted figures in an image in Adobe Photoshop. You can see similar effects used in advertising and Deke shows you how to achieve it in less than 10 minutes. It’s a great technique that makes use of the Ocean Ripple, Graphic Pen, and Motion Blur filters, plus some good old levels and channel adjustment. Click the video below to start learning.

Photoshop Top 40 Countdown with Deke McClelland: #15 – Alpha Channels

Published by | Tuesday, January 5th, 2010



Much can be said of masking: Masking is the art of using the image to select itself. Masking lets you apply the entire weight of Photoshop to the task of editing a selection. And masking, thy name is alpha channel. Watch Deke’s Photoshop Top 40 Countdown episode #15 to see the steps to using alpha channels to your benefit.