How to Animate a Photo - the Parallax 2.5D Effect

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Introduction: How to Animate a Photo - the Parallax 2.5D Effect

Learn how to create motion in still photographs, a technique made popular in the film The Kid Stays In The Picture.  In the tutorial above, Joe Fellows shows us how he's able to bring photos to life using the parallax effect with Photoshop and After Effects.

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    Here is a follow-up video with responses to some of the questions the video's received across various sites, hopefully it's helpful! : https://www.instructables.com/id/Follow-Up-How-To-Animate-a-Photo-The-Parallax-25D-/

    I couldn't help but wonder, why didn't you just take a separate image of the background without anything in front, yet keeping the focus in front?

    The light should be the same, and since your shadow isn't on anything in the background, theres no need to compensate for that. Does save you time of cloning the front elements out right?

    Hi Marinus, this may be helpful: https://www.instructables.com/id/Follow-Up-How-To-Animate-a-Photo-The-Parallax-25D-/

    Hi, thanks, I'll watch it :)

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    Yep. Was thinking the same thing here. And use a tripod. Great tutorial though. Thanks for the presentation.

    Like what he mention in the end, it will be useful when you only have an archive of the stills. Which most likely, the photographer will only shoot once, and not a separate shoot with only background & final.

    Hope this makes sense :)

    Awesome!!! but i cant afford the money for Photoshop and After Effects, so i got Photoshop elements and Premiere elements, is it possible to do this with Elements, if yes could you make a tutorial pls :)

    awsome technic thank you........

    Very creative when you have 1 still image