How to Add a Motion Blur Effect to Your Photos

How to Add a Motion Blur Effect to Your Photos

By the Discovery Center Team

Capturing images of people or objects in motion can be difficult. And even if you manage to get a great shot it often doesn’t have the sense of speed and movement you want to convey. This tutorial will show you how to create the illusion of high speed in your photos, using a motion blur effect with PaintShop Pro. In just a few easy steps you can transform your photos from static and flat to truly sensational.

Download a PDF copy of this tutorial and follow along with the video to create your own motion blur effect.

Your athletes deserve to be at the head of the pack, not left in the dust!


It can be such a challenge to show off athletes in photos. Their blazing speed, power, and intensity just doesn’t come across.  Thankfully you’ve come to the right place.  Today I’m going to show you how to make your athlete look like a gold-medal winner with motion effects in Corel PaintShop Pro.




The first thing you’re going to need is an image where your subject at least appears to be moving in some capacity. Preferably this shot will be from a side view. In this example, this bicycle race has one particular cyclist I want to showcase. I’m going to make him appear to be moving way faster than anybody else.
My first step is making a copy of the background. Right click on the Background layer and select Duplicate.



Now if you don’t see the Layers palette open on the right side of your screen, simply hit the F8 key on your keyboard and it will pop up.


This extra layer we’re creating isn’t going to be used yet – but we’ll save it for later. Just click Visibility toggle to hide it from view and then select theBackground layer.


Alright, we have our background ready to go so now let’s transform our image. From the Adjust menu select Blur and then Motion Blur.


Set the angle to 270 degrees and 100%.  Depending on the size of your image, you might have to repeat that step a few times to get the effect you want.  In this case I’ll do it one more time.


Next, hide the Background layer and select the duplicate layer. This layer we want to keep un-blurred. Select your subject and carefully remove the background. You can do this with any tools you see fit; selection, eraser or background eraser would be the most common options.



In this case, I traced around the subject with the Freehand Selection tool.


Next, go to Selections Invert and then click the Delete key on your keyboard to remove the background.


Our cyclist is now clear of the background.


The background removal is pretty much done; simply use the Eraser tool to touch up the edges. Set the Hardness to 0, to create a nice smooth edge.


We’re basically done! Go back to the Layers palette and click the visibility icon. You can check the background to make sure it’s blending in with your subject. Any final touch ups you can do with the Eraser. To make the back blend a little more you can also use the Push brush.


Don’t be afraid to play around with the image, but in the end you can see the result is pretty cool.

Thanks for watching! We hope you found this tutorial helpful and we would love to hear your feedback in the Comments section below. And don’t forget to visit our social media pages and show us what you’ve learned by sharing your photos, videos and creative projects with us.

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