Add Motion to Still Images with Adobe Stock and Photoshop
Image source: Adobe Stock / Konstantin Yuganov / romansu.
by Chris Converse
posted on 01-30-2020
Step 1: Download assets from Adobe Stock
If you’d like to follow along with this tutorial, download the following Preview (watermarked) image assets from Adobe Stock. You can also watch this tutorial as part of the Get More Attention with Motion from Adobe Stock webinar.
Step 2: Import your photo
Create a new 1000×525 pixel Photoshop document and import the photo (# 27834894) by choosing Place Linked from the File menu. Duplicate the Linked Smart Object layer and then move the duplicate layer to the top of the Layers panel.
Step 3: Select the main subject and apply a layer mask
Select the top copy of the linked Smart Object layer. Choose the Quick Select tool in the toolbar, and then click the Select Subject button in the Options bar. Adjust your selection as needed, leave the selection active, and add a layer mask using the Add a mask button at the bottom of the Layers panel.
Step 4: Place your video
Choose Place Linked from the File menu and locate your Adobe Stock video. Position the video in between the two Smart Object layers of the previously imported photo.
Next, open the Time panel by clicking Window > Timeline. Click the Create Video Timeline button and extend the duration of the photo’s layers to match the video.
Step 5: Set blend modes and opacity
Select the video layer, set the blend mode to Screen, and set Opacity to 80%. Then add a layer mask and apply a Black to White gradient to the mask
Step 6: Export your project
To create an MP4 to use on the web, social media platforms, or presentations, choose File > Export > Render Video. Then select H.264 (the codec for MP4), choose a file destination, and click Render.
The resulting animation.
Learn more about adding motion to your imagery and graphics
In our step-by-step webinar, Get More Attention with Motion from Adobe Stock, you’ll learn how to find looping video content that you can combine with images directly within Photoshop. We’ll walk through a variety of eye-catching animations and show you how to create assets like these on your own.
Join us to learn the following techniques:
- Find looping videos on Adobe Stock
- Create a video timeline in Photoshop
- Combine still images with video
- Apply effects and filters to your video
Adobe Creative Cloud e-learning series: Get More Attention with Motion from Adobe Stock
Products: Stock, Photoshop, Creative Cloud