Make your photos MOVE and COME TO LIFE! Photoshop Tutorial

– What’s up everybody? Peter McKinnon here and
today we’re talking about how you can take photos
that you’ve already taken and animate them within Photoshop, bringing them to life,
making them almost 3D-like. It’s super awesome, it’s
a little bit trippy, and it’s actually really easy to do. So, pwah, let’s go! (rock music) Welcome back, everybody, Monday morning, to another tutorial. I’m excited about this one,
this one is super cool. Now, I’ll be the first to say this isn’t something I invented, I didn’t create this method,
this has been done before, it’s been done by so many people, it’s been taught by so many people. It’s a very popular effect
to apply to your photographs. It’s called the 2.5D Parallex effect. Now, before you think,
“ah, this sounds confusing, “I don’t know if I’m gonna like it,” or if you think, “ah, I
already know how to do that”, here’s the thing: there’s so many ways to do the same thing within this industry. There’s hard ways to do it,
there’s fast ways to do it, there’s easy ways to do it,
but there’s so many roads to the same finish line,
and that’s what’s amazing. So today we’re gonna focus
on the easier method. Now, the convoluted method was, would be using After Effects, and it gets a little complicated, but I think easing you guys into this and starting you off a little bit smaller, more of like an understanding
of what it is that we’re doing and how the animation works,
and how key frames work, and stuff like that, is gonna help you when we get to the more
complicated version, which is using After
Effects, in my opinion. Okay, so, what is this, how,
what are we doing right here? So check out this image: here’s a picture of me standing
in front of Lake Louise, just checking it out. Now, when you’re including images in video people really only do a few things: they either zoom that image out slowly, maybe zoom it in slowly,
maybe pan left to right, that Ken Burns jazz effect,
you know, you’ve seen it. But you don’t really see anything else. So, how do we edit
videos and include photos in those videos but make it more exciting? So you can do something like this. Here’s that same photo
but now the foreground is moving at a different pace and transforming at a different size than the background,
which is also transforming and moving at its own pace and size. So you see that weird,
trippy, it’s not 3D, but it’s like almost 3D, that 2.5D. Here’s another example. This was a couple hours
later, a storm broke out. You got those mountains moving, you got the water expanding
at a different rate, which almost makes it
look like it’s moving. It’s just a really
cool, clever, unique way to display your
photographs within a video. Now you can post this on Facebook too, you can post these on Instagram. They don’t have to be included within another video like this. But this is a great way to display and showcase your images within a video that’s not just that classic
pan, zoom, nah, whatever. Super easy to do, not
as hard as you think, and the best part is it uses images that you’ve already taken. So before we get started, I wanna thank the sponsors
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sponsoring this episode. All right, now bef … why did I, why am I always doing this? It’s like I’m (whimpers). Before we jump into Photoshop, it’s important that you pick the right image to do this with. An image with a very clear
foreground and background is going to be easiest. I used this Lake Louise picture because my body’s the focal
point and the background is all bokeh, or “bo-kay”, I guess, I don’t even know, how do you
guys say that, by the way? I’ve always said “boca”,
then I hear “bo-kay” and I’m like, hmmm? But the background is
that nice blurred effect, it’s all blown out, the
foreground’s very very clear, so it’s gonna make it easy to cut out. If you’ve got a photo like this where it’s a little more busy and there’s different things to cut out, and focus is kind of all over the place, it’s gonna be a little
more of a challenge. There’s not a very distinctive
background to foreground. So it’s important that you get an image that’s gonna make it a
little easier on you. So grab that image, open up Photoshop, and let’s animate some photos. Alright, once you have selected a photo that you are happy with to animate, bring that into Photoshop
and then head over here to the left side, select the pen tool, and then just choose an
area on the photo to start, zoom in, you can hit command
plus on your keyboard to zoom in there, and I am gonna start right over here on top
of my head with my hat. And literally at this point
you’re just making your way around the whole shape, whatever it is that you’re cutting out in the foreground, just take your time, be slow with it, don’t worry, it takes a little while. But the neater that you do this the better the outcome’s gonna be. You don’t wanna go into
the background at all, you wanna try and stay
as close and perfect, true to that edge as you can. If you need to move down the screen while you’re making these anchor points you can hold the space bar
and that opens a little hand, and you can just drag
anywhere you want on the image to get some more room, and then
continue making your points. If you wanna curve one of those points just select a bigger distance in between. Click once, the second
one you drag like this, and then you finish off that tail end by holding option and
adjust it back to its track, so you’re back on track
essentially making those points. Again, space bar to move this down, bigger points here because
the arm is a little larger, there’s not as many curves. Slowly making our way down here. And let’s go ahead and speed this up so you guys don’t have to watch for the next 10 minutes
me making anchor points. (mellow music) Okay, when you get close
to that first point you started with, click on it, and then what you’re
gonna do is right click after you’ve joined that. You’re gonna chose make selection. Change the feather
radius to like one pixel is what I like to have, I
think it’s a good safe spot is around one, and then hit okay. Now what you wanna do is
you want to copy this, so command C on your keyboard, then come down here to
the new layers panel and you’re gonna select a new layer, and you’re just gonna paste
that on with command V. Alright, so, make sure you’re
on the background layer, command click on the top layer you made to load the selection, still
on the background layer, then hit shift delete, that
opens up the content-aware fill. Select content-aware, hit
okay, and what that’s gonna do is it’s gonna fill in the
background on that bottom layer so if you hide the top, here you go, look, we’re gone, boop! Now, you could pretty much, you
could be done at this point. It’s a little bit sloppy,
you don’t have to go in, but what I like to do is
actually his S on the keyboard, which gives you your clone stamp, and then I just like to go through, you use alt as the target
and you pick a spot like right there, alt, click, and then it’s gonna clone stamp the area. Now I do this pretty fast,
just a quick and dirty job. You don’t have to do this but I feel like it just tightens it up a little bit, it makes it a little bit
better for that final edit. It’s one less thing to maybe show up as an imperfection when I’m
putting these in my videos or uploading them to social
media, anything like that. So I just clone stamp around, try to get rid of that hard
edge outline like right here. Again, you hold down alt, it
brings up a little target, you click the area you want to clone and then you click normally
and it stamps that area in. There’s the target, click,
target, click, target, click. So on and so forth. Alright, once you are finished and happy head over to new, select new document and we’re gonna make that the same size as our files in premiers,
we’re gonna go ahead and make that width 1920 by 1080. And then change the resolution to 72 because we’re not printing
this, so there you go, boom. Now, grab that other document you opened, pull it into the window so that
you can see the two layers, select them both and drag
them into the new document you just made, the 1920×1080. So if we hit command T on our keyboard we can see the full size of that. You can hold shift and
drag that down so it fits, scale to size, I just like to make it right about there, perfect. Hit enter once you’re happy,
a little bit more, enter. So go ahead and right
click on these layers, layer three, create,
convert to smart object, and you’re gonna do that
for the background as well, convert to smart object. Lets you scale the image
without losing any quality. You’re gonna go up to
window and choose timeline and, wait for it, boom. Create video timeline and (gasps) we now have a video
editor within Photoshop. So to speak (chuckles). Go ahead and drop down layer three, make sure that play
head’s at the beginning, and then what you wanna do is
click the transform stopwatch which makes a key frame, all right? Grub that to the very end, command T, and then just change
the foreground subject to whatever size you want. So let’s scale it down to here,
let’s move back to center. Now that makes a key frame,
so when we drag this back and hit play, you can see it animating from the size it was to
the size we just made it. Now we do the same thing
with the background. We drop down that layer,
hit transform stopwatch which gives us a key frame,
and then what we’re gonna do is we’re gonna make that
command T one more time, so we’re gonna drag this to the end, hit command T to bring up that size. We’re gonna scale up the background. So the background’s moving up and the foreground’s moving down, so it’s gonna give us this trippy weird Parallax kind of dolly zoom effect. Now if we scroll all the way back to the beginning and
hit play, that looks crazy. Might be going a little bit too fast. No worries, you can easily
make that adjustment by keeping that play head at the end. Command T again, and what we’ll do is we’ll just scale that up so that the zoom isn’t happening as fast. So it’s just less zoom over
the same amount of time, so then, now when we play that you can see it looks a lot slower, looks a lot better. Now we could probably do the same thing with the top layer, just
make it a little more subtle. So like I said, you
click on that key frame. You can delete it if you want, command T, and we’ll just start over
by just scaling that down. That’s enough, that’s
probably good right there, which makes your key frame. Now when we hit play, very very subtle but looks a lot better, it
looks a little more trippy, a little less amateur when it’s subtle, slight, intentional movements. Alright, so when you’re happy with that hit file, go down to export
and choose render video. You can go over here,
there’s a YouTube preset, but it has it at 29.97. My timelines are usually 23.97, so I’m gonna change that
right here, the frame rate. I’m gonna name this too: LakeLouise1. Save to the desktop, hit render, and you just wait it out, good to go. (mellow music) So that’s it for me, guys,
I hope you liked this video. The best part about it for me is that now you can go back through
your entire catalogue or your library, and you’re gonna start looking at your photos in a new
way that you haven’t before. ‘Cause now you’re gonna look at them trying to find those things
that are gonna stand out as animations for this 2.5D effect, which is super cool ’cause
you get to go through your stuff again and be like,
(gasps) “that would be great!” Try it out, post it on
Facebook, Instagram, throw it in your videos, whatever. I hope you guys get some use out of it. So hit that like button
if you liked this video, smash it if you so desire, ’cause I don’t even really know what that means but they really do need a smash button. Subscribe if you aren’t already, and, and, see you guys tomorrow. You guys know I have a little
monitor right here, right? Like I watch, I watch to
make sure I’m in focus and stuff like that,
but in the background, where is it, this side, this side? Right there, that’s my Chemex
that I make my coffee in, and it’s empty, and
throughout this tutorial I just kept looking back
and forth at the Chemex, thinking, that needs to be full. And to think I’ve only
had one cup today, woo! What’s it gonna be like when I have two? I almost feel bad for everybody I know. Almost is the key word there (chuckles).


  1. Peter McKinnon August 7, 2017 at 5:09 pm

    Thumbs up if your mind was blown photoshop has a video timeline! #makeyourphotosmove

  2. Kartier Alex February 19, 2019 at 7:50 am

    Ok! In 6:33 ctrl click at the same time the little image(exactly, click the little image!) in layer 1 just like he did but you should still be on the background option like he is. Then content aware will be available! I was lost in the video and comment section at first till I just followed the video along

  3. ammar lafifi February 19, 2019 at 9:54 am

    6:16 make selection
    could not complet your request because there is not enough memory(RAM)
    Someone help?? Please!

  4. Farjana akter urme February 20, 2019 at 7:08 am

    relay nice video..

  5. YzN HmD February 25, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    Adobe media encoder is not active on my photoshop CC 2015 32 bit.. is there any solve please?

  6. Céline Morisset February 26, 2019 at 1:58 am

    I'm smashing the button Peter. I'm leaving to go check my photos and pick a few to animate. Just awesome!! Thanks!!

  7. John Fanning February 26, 2019 at 4:38 am

    I just started getting in to photo editing/video editing, and your videos are making my life so much easier. Rather than watching some extended video that seems to never get to the point, yours are so simple and easy to understand.

  8. Muhammad Usman February 26, 2019 at 10:28 am

    Hi sir i have seen ma y videos but this one is really very cool and i love the way you delivering the Knowledge love it
    God Bless you
    Don't forget to make more videos to make us eas 🙂

  9. A9-X_Youtuber March 1, 2019 at 11:22 am

    Can you tell me how to export for Vertical Video?

  10. AK MEDIA STORIES March 1, 2019 at 4:37 pm

    @akstories2018 thx fam

  11. Gerry Attrik March 1, 2019 at 4:51 pm

    Hi hottie

  12. Tana Lee March 3, 2019 at 6:40 am

    VERTIGO-O-O-O-O-O-O! … I couldn't watch, but thank you! : )

  13. Allis March 3, 2019 at 7:27 am

    💗 u & ur channel

  14. Yolanda Darnell March 3, 2019 at 8:11 pm

    This is soooooooooooooooooooooooooooo tinsel!!!

  15. Dave Quentin March 3, 2019 at 10:43 pm


  16. தமிழின வேந்தன். R March 6, 2019 at 4:57 pm

    Marval studio civil war intro how to make tutorials pls…….

  17. Omar attalla March 7, 2019 at 7:33 pm

    It's shift + backspace for the content aware fill menu on pc.

  18. Madz Eddies March 8, 2019 at 3:19 am

    Hi can you please give the window shortcuts, I'm finding git hard to follow especially this part 6:36 / 12:20. please help!

  19. Planet Jayy March 9, 2019 at 7:07 pm

    Im trying to do something like this with a beach picture in water, any videos like that u could make/show me. kind of want to

  20. Planet Jayy March 9, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    Im trying to do something like this with a beach picture in water, any videos like that u could make/show me. kind of want to make it look like the water is moving

  21. moi mooha March 11, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    thx u your pic very nice ^^

  22. Max Fauvel March 12, 2019 at 12:16 am

    Hey! anyway to make this into a seamless loop ?

  23. Bo Olthoff March 16, 2019 at 12:00 am

    I cant figure it out. evrything i try doesnt seem to work

  24. D MATOKI March 16, 2019 at 9:48 pm

    Anyone know what song/soundtrack of this video specifically one at 5:56

  25. davids videography March 18, 2019 at 10:09 am

    Good tutorial 😃👏👏

  26. EscapeTheCommute March 18, 2019 at 10:31 pm

    Thank you!

  27. Humaid Beeharry March 19, 2019 at 11:48 am

    i cant select content aware

  28. Arthur Gonzales March 19, 2019 at 1:05 pm

    First of all I now a new subscriber because you are awesome brotha man! I’m looking forward to learning how to do this really good!

  29. Adolfo J. Barreto March 21, 2019 at 12:25 am

    When you have 3.3M followers, I think you're beyond the "smashing it" crowd. Nice vlog, I learned something and it gave me a few Ideas. P.S. Working out every day, like Casey Neistat does, will make you look old, prematurely. We can talk about endorphins all night. Eat healthy, be mobile! My 100 year old grandfather drinks two cups of coffee a day and two glasses of kentucky bourbon at night. Ask Casey to argue with that. Grandpa is lucid! Love your vlogs brother!

  30. Real Fear storyline March 22, 2019 at 4:43 am

    We're the link for this

  31. Samuel Hugg March 22, 2019 at 6:38 am

    👊🏼 smash button is a must

  32. Abhi Bappi March 23, 2019 at 5:27 am

    Bro need the link of ps

  33. PS. suicide March 24, 2019 at 10:55 pm

    I wish my Monday morning were like this

  34. TheDonRobertito March 25, 2019 at 1:33 pm

    Hi! How to achieve that look/style like on the photo at 1:57 ? Is this some kind of filter?

  35. FuckingNoClue March 27, 2019 at 5:31 am

    This is a nicely produced video, but you are using maybe easily the slowest technique to mask something out. Why pen tool on an image such as this where you could use Photoshop's integrated masking tools for a much faster and quality mask? Another issue with your workflow is that you proceed to create smart objects of the layers AFTER scaling them down from their original larger sizes, thus defeating the whole purpose and degrading your images. Then, after scaling down the background, smart object convert, you scale it back up. It's a little misleading. Not trying to kick you in the balls, but this stuff is important for new users. You get the general concept across though, so that's good.

  36. Servais Media March 28, 2019 at 12:40 am

    Someone help! Every time I try making a new selection it just selects the shape and not the actual image. What am I doing wrong?!?!?!

  37. arko128 March 28, 2019 at 12:48 pm

    Where it can be useful? It last very short moment

  38. Benicio Brain March 28, 2019 at 9:06 pm

    It was amazing man I like it.

  39. JINLONG March 30, 2019 at 10:49 am

    Gta 4 style

  40. Subidriver03 April 2, 2019 at 4:34 am

    Peter, I have a Challenge for you…. try Affinity Photo ?

  41. Interesting videos April 3, 2019 at 8:23 am

    Hy peter me from Pakistan Do you give me your chnnel

  42. Itssadoll April 4, 2019 at 12:00 am

    I don't know why but you intro music remind me to breaking bad haha

  43. Ed Gorbey April 4, 2019 at 12:02 am

    Almost 4 minutes into the video before we even begin to learn the effect! 👎🏻

  44. pathan squad April 4, 2019 at 8:22 am

    Is this possible with photoshop 7.0

  45. Sonu Kharb April 6, 2019 at 11:00 am

    how to do this in video?

  46. Scams Garage April 8, 2019 at 12:06 am

    How do I complete it without the command key? 6:35

  47. Alex Nabor April 10, 2019 at 1:08 am

    I wasn’t able to select both

  48. Xavier Dominguez April 10, 2019 at 1:16 am

    my pc is taking years in render video i'm not even seeing the windows with the options.. it is normal? did you cut/edit your clip? i supposed to had a nice PC T__T

  49. MIYAGI DEW April 11, 2019 at 3:21 am

    6:36 click edit and then click fill

  50. René Sánchez April 13, 2019 at 3:58 pm

    Amazin..! Thank you Peter..

  51. Calimari Clyde April 15, 2019 at 2:27 am

    My content aware thing wont pop up

  52. MARSHID MUHAMMED April 15, 2019 at 2:48 pm


  53. The.Ghoul April 16, 2019 at 12:24 am

    Does anyone know if there's a place where i can buy a picture like this? Something like fiver where i send my photo, pay some money and someone makes a picture like this for me?

  54. Sanjay M Ranavaya April 16, 2019 at 6:10 am

    Awesome video

  55. Buster Hansen April 17, 2019 at 10:29 pm

    6:31 next time try CTRL+J 🙂 same as right click -> Layer as Cut

  56. Daniel Butuc April 19, 2019 at 6:41 pm

    Howa bout PLOTAVERSE ? 🙂

  57. The Mayers April 21, 2019 at 6:56 pm


  58. Freak Faith April 25, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    Your using Adobe photoshop? I am using the free version currently I’m new to photography. Is this paid version? It’s worth it! Amazing results in your video! Love learning from you!

  59. José Javier Bustos April 26, 2019 at 6:58 pm

    I can do that with my video editor any time. My question es how did you make that video an actual image. An image you may want to post on facebook or instagram.

  60. guna seelan April 27, 2019 at 6:36 am

    photoshop its mind blowing

  61. Will Taylor April 29, 2019 at 12:05 am

    For the love of god… what is the song in the background of this video?!?!?! It is heard clearly at 5.55 in. I have searched far and wide, and if someone has the answer please, please please let me know!
    Thanks for your help!

  62. Waqas Qaimkhani May 4, 2019 at 10:14 pm

    Hey Peter I prefer saying bokeh as “bok-eh” as opposed to “bok-ah”. Maybe it’s a shout out to a Canadian if they came up with that word 🤔😄. Keep up the good work and have a nice _____ 👍

  63. Stuart Little May 6, 2019 at 11:16 am

    If you had converted to Smart Object prior to transforming the images they would have retained their pixel dimensions and quality.

  64. Homer Sabas May 8, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    Can it work with Photoshop CS6? Seems my timeline is different from the video's timeline?

  65. mohamed Amine May 13, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    the format h.24 and youtube HD 1080 29.97 doesnt exist in PS cs6 !!

  66. Danika Ross May 20, 2019 at 11:16 am


  67. Shafaq Naaz May 20, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    Thanks Peter! 🙂

  68. Nate311 May 21, 2019 at 12:57 am

    Dude, the magnetic lasso is a lot better than it used to be. Wasting a lot of time with that pen tool.

  69. Bindiya Creative May 22, 2019 at 8:13 am

    Hi, I love your videos, It almost solves all my problems related to PSD!!! Thank you so much!

  70. Reinhard Smit May 22, 2019 at 11:54 am

    I dont get the transform options, only position, opacity and style. HELP!!

  71. Vijay Bobade May 23, 2019 at 1:06 am

    Plz edit my pic

  72. Steven Kontsevenko May 23, 2019 at 5:02 am

    Great Vid. But I had a problem with content-aware being grey… I found a solution by:
    1. Masking the subject with a pen tool. (P)
    2. Making a selection (right-click then Make selection…)
    3. Then copied it (Ctrl+C)
    4. Shift+backspace on PC (shift+delete on Mac)
    And here the content-aware got available for me.
    5. Then create a new layer (button right corner)
    6. Paste the selection into a new layer (Ctrl+V)

    Hope this will help you guys and girls)

  73. Kassidy Cage May 28, 2019 at 9:29 pm

    What version of photoshop is this? I am trying to find the correct one.

  74. icegirl1755 June 2, 2019 at 1:59 pm

    yes teach me PS. I'm scared to even try!!! Noob here!!!

  75. Mira Meb June 6, 2019 at 2:36 pm

    You're talking tooooo much

  76. Sohan Hasan June 9, 2019 at 4:55 pm


  77. Tomas Mk June 13, 2019 at 6:43 pm

    Awesome tutorial thanks man !

  78. Amager2300 June 16, 2019 at 10:36 am

    9:15 How does he make a keyframe in the end ?

  79. PLUGSBY June 17, 2019 at 12:01 pm

    Aye where'd you get that hoodie from?

  80. moataz heart June 18, 2019 at 3:10 pm

    why talk so much, ,please go ahead directly into subject

  81. SRINIVAS EE June 24, 2019 at 1:50 am

    so this is a video( mp4 ) format not image (jpg) format…

  82. Hanh Nguyen June 25, 2019 at 4:35 pm

    Please give me the photos in the video

  83. weerer errere June 29, 2019 at 11:31 am


  84. Dhruv Srivastava June 30, 2019 at 11:37 pm

    Your a god

  85. Jose Rodriguez July 2, 2019 at 10:00 pm

    Good job, nice tut.

  86. SHEHNAZ LEEVEOZ July 6, 2019 at 12:29 pm

    Thank you bro.

  87. Harita Rao July 11, 2019 at 7:01 pm

    Hello, I tried the Content Aware but for some reason it is Grayed out. I don't know how you got it to work. I am using a PC not an APPLE

  88. Mel July 12, 2019 at 7:45 pm

    I couldn't complete the tutorial because content aware box was greyed out and no amount of Googling helped 🙁

  89. dũng bùi July 14, 2019 at 4:46 am

    like! video very good

  90. Zihadul Hoque July 16, 2019 at 12:47 pm

    please please told me which background music you used in this video?? please tell me the name or giv me link.

  91. Rahul July 21, 2019 at 11:52 am

    Amazing 😘😘😘😘

  92. Victoriaearth143 July 21, 2019 at 6:17 pm

    I have pictures from Egypt and would like to make the picture move. Then hang the picture in my livingroom. Help???

  93. Alugosuwa Gamers July 21, 2019 at 6:25 pm

    really awsom

  94. massiven8 July 22, 2019 at 4:28 am

    cant use adobe media encoder to export

  95. ProducingErin July 24, 2019 at 12:45 am

    Why not just do quick selection and drag the selection tool over the shape?

  96. Shannon McElvain July 25, 2019 at 3:50 am

    I can't figure out why my content aware is greyed out

  97. ERWIN ROMMEL August 1, 2019 at 1:20 am

    I looked for such a tutorial for a long time .What's name of this effect ?

  98. Shebin Joseph August 2, 2019 at 8:43 am

    idk its just not working for me 😭😭

  99. WilliamEntertainment August 6, 2019 at 9:19 pm

    for PC use ctrl + shift + D to reselect your selection

  100. Gócz Béla August 12, 2019 at 4:10 am

    4:22 Tut start

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