How to Animate a Photo - the Parallax 2.5D Effect

81,288

355

22

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.

Be the First to Share

    Recommendations

    • The 1000th Contest

      The 1000th Contest
    • Battery Powered Contest

      Battery Powered Contest
    • Hand Tools Only Challenge

      Hand Tools Only Challenge

    22 Discussions

    0
    marcusjandrew

    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-/

    0
    Marinus84
    Marinus84

    6 years ago on Introduction

    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?

    0
    marcusjandrew
    marcusjandrew

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

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

    0
    dl73
    dl73

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

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

    0
    qureyoon
    qureyoon

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    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 :)

    0
    Jan_Henrik
    Jan_Henrik

    6 years ago on Introduction

    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 :)

    0
    cachberger
    cachberger

    6 years ago on Introduction

    This is FANTASTIC! Thank you so very much. Annnnd now I have to learn after effects. ;)

    0
    XTL
    XTL

    6 years ago on Introduction

    Also easy to do in Anime Studio - if you have it...

    0
    jtmcdole
    jtmcdole

    6 years ago on Introduction

    Any hints on doing the same thing with Gimp & Bender?

    0
    Ezara
    Ezara

    6 years ago on Introduction

    That's amazing.. very interesting to watch!

    0
    Horef
    Horef

    6 years ago on Introduction

    that it amazing, thank you so much for sharing!!

    0
    blanchae
    blanchae

    6 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you for posting this, I always wondered how they did this effect.

    0
    wquoyle
    wquoyle

    6 years ago on Introduction

    Fascinating. I see this effect a lot in documentaries, cool to see how it's created.

    0
    kintekobo
    kintekobo

    6 years ago on Introduction

    Very useful technique and well explained. One thing though would be useful - how long did it take to complete the task in the computer?