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Make a standing still car go fast with Gimp

In this simple tutorial suitable for the Gimp beginners as well, we are going to manipulate a photograph of standing still car to make it look like it's passing by real fast.

 
  Author: mat | Version: 2.8.0 | 9th November 2012 |  
 
 
1.
 

Open a photograph of a car you want to apply the panning effect to.

I've decided to go with the electric powered Tesla Model S.

 
 
2.
 

Press Shift + Ctrl + D to duplicate the layer.

 
 
3.
 

Choose the Free Select Tool.

 
 
4.
 

Set the Feather edges Radius to 1,0 (see picture).

 
 
5.
 

And start selecting the car ...

 
 
6.
 

... all the way around.

 
 
7.
 

Press Ctrl + C to copy and Ctrl + V to paste your selection.

Right click the new Floating Selection layer and choose To New Layer.

 
 
8.
 

Now select the previously duplicated layer (see picture).

 
 
9.
 

In the menu click Filters, Blur and Motion Blur...

Choose the same settings as I did and click OK.

 
 
10.
 

This is how it should look like by now. It's all good, but the wheels need to appear like they are spinning for the moving car effect to be perfect.

 
 
11.
 

Choose the pasted car layer (see picture).

 
 
12.
 

Choose the Ellipse Select Tool.

 
 
13.
 

And select a wheel.

You can adjust the selection ellipse to fit the wheel by dragging the edges and corners of the selection.

Press Enter when done.

 
 
14.
 

Choose the Feather edges and set Radius to about 1,5.

 
 
15.
 

Let's give them wheels some spin.

In the menu click Filters, Blur and Motion Blur...

Set the Blur Type to Radial angle to about 10. Now try the different X and Y Blur Center settings to achieve the best spinning wheel result.

Click OK when done.

 
 
16.
 

When done with the one wheel do the same thing to the remaining one.

 
 
17.
 

Done, look at that Tesla go. ;)

 
 
 
   
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