Sometimes subtle blur is best.
I was in Alabama for several days a few weeks ago. Every day I would pass this AC-47, the first Gunship in the Air Force inventory. It was stagnant and lonely, a once guns blazing wicked machine bred for intimidation and mayhem was now sitting all lonesome in a static display. Everyday I thought about that plane in all of its glory and just how sweet it must have looked in its heyday.
Certainly, I am not a proponent of war and I do not like thinking about the casualties that may have come from this gunship. But it is a modern marvel. Most people wouldn’t think of opening an Airplane window let alone stick a gun out the side of it. It just amazes me what technologies we get out of military research.
Before I get too off track here, I couldn’t let this plane be a static display. So I snapped a shot of it and did my normal HDR magic, at least I think its magic! Then I just had to make this thing look like it was in its prime.
In this tutorial I will show you how I used the Path Blur tool to make the miniguns look like they were spinning in motion, guns blazing.
Tips for Path Blur:
- The whole image does not have to blur, duplicate the desired layer prior to spinning and use masks to recover parts of the original.
- In this tutorial I use the default settings, but experiment with the Speed of the blur for a faster or slower effect.
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