Ken Burns Effect Using Photoshop CS6 Tutorial

Photoshop CS6 Extended or Newer Required For This Tutorial!

Creating Motion From Still Images With The Ken Burns Effect Using Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you how to achieve the Ken Burns effect using Photoshop CS6.

The Ken Burns effect is a motion graphics technique that pans and zooms still images to create motion and depth.

The effect has evolved to include panning in 3D space, which is what we’ll be doing in this tutorial.

We’re going to move the foreground, mid-ground, and background independently of each other to create a sense of depth; this is called the parallax effect.

In the past, Photoshop was used to create the individual images of the effect, and a motion graphics application like After Effects was used to create the animation.

With Photoshop CS6, we can achieve this effect without using any other program!

This will be a long tutorial since I’ll start from scratch, and I will need to create the different images that will make up each of my planes.

But I’ve included the images already masked out for you to use; that way, you can skip ahead to the fun stuff and just do the 3D effects on your own. Download the files below.

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Thank you for doing this. I was trying to do this a while back in AE but my cut outs were terrible. You rekindled my project. I really liked the effect in the movie 3:10 to Yuma. Glad I stumbled upon your site.


Searching Google for PS CC tutorials.

Rex M

Creating Motion From Still Images With The Ken Burns Effect Using Photoshop.
Is A very good tutorial. I Like it. Kept up the good work.

Thank You