How to Animate a Photo - the Parallax 2.5D Effect


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! :

    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?

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    Hi Marinus, this may be helpful:

    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 :)

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

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

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

    That's amazing.. very interesting to watch!

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

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

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

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