Tutorial action photo sequence in Adobe Photoshop – photoshop cc tutorial


– Hey everyone what’s
going on, happy Monday, Bill Nichols here. Today I wanna bring you
a tutorial in Photoshop on creating an action sequence type photo. I know that you’ve seen
these photos before. So we’ve got one photo with somebody that’s in many different
places as they’re going through some type of an action. Let’s get right into it. Photoshop tutorial,
editing an action photo. (upbeat music) All right so a long time
ago when I was a kid I was really into BMX. For me bikes have always
been a huge part of my life. I was a road racer, raced mountain bikes. I was a cat two on the road. It was a huge part of my
life for the longest time and riding bikes is what
originally, as a little kid, got me interested in photography. I can remember flipping
through BMX Action or BMX Plus, and seeing people like David
Lord Velcor or Matt Hoffman, or Gary Ellis who rode for Team GT, which was who I was
first started riding for when I was just a little kid. I got into a grassroots program. I can remember seeing photos of them, whether it was Hoffman doing some huge air and they had like 30 of
him in the air, you know, showing the whole sequence or not, it was one of the really
cool things that I liked about photography when I was
a kid, I always wanted to do. And I thought I would
bring you a quick tutorial on how to do it. So this is gonna be part
one of a two part series. This is a really simple
action sequence to edit where the camera’s mounted onto a tripod and I’ve just got my button
pressed down I’m using an intervalometer on my one DX Mark II that fires 14 or 16 frames a second, to get a whole bunch of images
in one locked off position. In part two I’ll show you
how you can do this handheld where you’re panning, and you’ve got to pick some images first, stitch the background, and
then bring the person in on each of those frames. So quick background on how I shot this. This is one of my main cameras. I’ve got a lockdown on a tripod, I’ve got my focus already set so I don’t have to worry about
focus in one particular area. The easiest way to get the
shots for an action shot so that they’re not all overlapping is for that to be a horizontal type nature where the person’s coming
across the frame instead of kind of diagonally to the
frame, or you’re kind of sitting at a 45 degree angle, ’cause then you’ve got less
distance they’re traveling. So the more distance they’re traveling, little bit better dramatic
effect that you can get. So this particular shot, it’s just a simple skateboard shot. Went out to the Etnies
Skatepark in Lake Forest, an awesome skate park, and
just shot a few frames. There weren’t that many people there. Got permission to shoot a couple
of people that were there. Just got somebody just doing a quick grind on a little ledge. So that’s it, so it’s just a quick grind, he’s going straight across the frame. Now you got some photos
beforehand, during and after so that you kinda get the whole thing. We’re gonna bring those into Lightroom, take them from Lightroom into
Photoshop and then from there show you the final output. Hey guys real quick before I get started. If you wanna follow along
go down in the description right now, download the images. I’ve put JPEGs of these into
a folder on We Transfer. You can download a little
bit lower resolution just so it’s not that long,
and follow right along with me. Just import those into
Lightroom, get them into a folder and then select all of them,
bring them into Photoshop, follow right along with me. You’ll probably have to hit
pause and stuff but I thought it would be really good if I
included these files for you. Just as a favor to me do not
use them as your own work. So if you end up creating
a file from this, and you wanna show people what you did, just give credit back
to me, Bill Nichols TV, or @WNichols on Instagram. That’s it, other than that, have fun. Do whatever you want with these files. I would love to see some
of your edits of this. So if you do an edit and
you post it somewhere, send me that link down
below, in the description, in the link field down below or tweet it to me @BillNicholsTV. I would love to see your work. So with that let’s get moving right along and have this tutorial. Okay so here we are, we’re straight into Lightroom right now. So there’s a couple of different
ways that we can do this. One we could edit one of
the shots in Lightroom and then sync that edit
across all the other images that are gonna be in this
sequence so that they all look, you know, really consistent,
pretty much the same, and then we could bring
them into Photoshop. We could export them as JPEGs
right now into a folder, then we could go into Photoshop
and use the scripts command and then bring them in as a stack. Or we can go right from Lightroom, we can even do this after our edits. I’m not going to edit these right now I’m gonna bring the final image
back into Lightroom and edit but we’re gonna find our images, we’re gonna shift and select them. I’ve already got them marked out green so that we can see them,
and then we’re going to right-click, go edit in. So let’s just zoom in here. You’ll kind of see what
we’re trying to do. So as we come in, this photo’s
gonna be the first one. You’ll see we’ve got him
here then as he’s moving he’s just moving across the frame. We wanna bring this, and make one image. That’s it, so you can
see sequences of him. We won’t use every one
because if you notice from like here to here, his body
would still be overlapping. So we may use every
other or we may use like every third image. We’re gonna bring them all
into Photoshop this side so we’ll probably start
here, do something like this, something like that, that,
that, that, that, that, and then we’ll be done. So what I’m going to do is, let’s go back into the grid view. I’m gonna start up here. So I’ve got the first one here, I’m gonna come down to the last one. I mark them as green, just
for the sake of this tutorial they’d be easier to find. I’m gonna shift click so
I’ve got them all selected. Gonna right-click that,
going to go to edit in and as open as layers in Photoshop. They’re gonna open as layers in Photoshop and then once it’s done, this
is what we’re gonna have. So to show you what’s going on here, we’ve got all of our layers over here. So as we scroll through and turn these off you can see he’s going across here. The basic way that I’m going to do this is as I edit these and I’m
gonna select what I wanna use and I’m going to move
that next layer on top. This is just the way that I do it, people can do it different ways, but we’re gonna use layer masks here. I’m going to move the
layer that I want next on top of this one, so I’ll
just show you that really quick. So let’s figure out, it’s
not gonna be this one. Let’s see how far that one
is, okay so let’s go there. So you’ve got this third one here, so we’re just gonna
move that right on top. Now what I wanna do is I
wanna use a layer mask, and what a layer mask is I’ve
talked about this before. We’re going to draw a
selection around him, so let’s just do that now. So I’m gonna do this with the lasso. I’m gonna zoom in really close. I’ll zoom back out when
I make the layer mask. A couple of things to consider here. I wanna get as close to him as I can but I wanna make sure that
all of him, and his shadow, is included in this. So I’m just going to come down. So the nice thing about
this set of images, and having shot this lockdown on a tripod, is that when I do this layer mask, he’s just gonna line right
up to the background. The only time that he’ll
be a little bit off is maybe there’s some wind during it, something happened with
the ground or something or you know let’s get this
little bit of shadow here. So I’ve made the selection
but I wanna add to it. So I’m gonna hold down shift,
you’ll see my selection tool turn to a plus. I’m just gonna draw this out right here, get this little bit of a shadow. It’s a shadow of his arm. Then let’s zoom out for
when we do the layer mask. So right now we see this image. If we go to the image below
there’s the first one. So when I, and you can see
now where his arm’s gonna be, his arm’s gonna be kind
of over his head here. So what I’m going to do is
when I click the add layer mask down here it’s going to
get rid of all of this except for him. So let’s just go ahead
and add a layer mask. There it is, so you now you
can see the first one of him, you can see the second one of him. Now if we zoom in we’ve got an issue here. Right so see how the shrubbery
and everything from below and see how it’s not perfectly lined up. So I could press V, that’s the move tool and then I’m just gonna use my arrows and I’m gonna move this over, so that he’s lined up perfectly and you can see right over here as well it’s up a little bit high,
so let’s just bring him down a little bit. So right there. Then I’ll hold down the space bar, and just come down here
and check and make sure that he’s all lined up. Good so that all looks good. All right so now what we need to do is we’ve got to get rid of
part of this mask right. We’ve got to get rid
of this mask right here that’s blocking his head. It’s blocking the top of this
helmet, and then down here the mask that’s covering up the board. So for this image, because
there’s so much going on here, I could go in here, I
could make selections so that I’m, you know,
I select his arm out and then invert that so I’ve
got an inverse of the selection and then paint this out,
but instead I’m just gonna grab a brush. So I’m gonna press B for the brush tool and then over here for the
colors I wanna make sure that I have black. If I have white them
I’m adding to the mask, if I have black then I’m taking it away. Let me just show you that really quick. So over here we can see
the layer mask right. So it’s just got this
one little bit of white and then the rest of it’s black. If I come over here, turn
this white, and then paint in, you see that I’m adding
in from this other image. So let’s undo that. So what we wanna do, we’re
gonna get a small brush, make this black. So we’re gonna take the
mask away and up here I’ve got a hardness set to about 50% that should be pretty good and
I’m just gonna come in here and just paint this mask away. Now I’m using a Wacom tablet. You may or may not have one. If you don’t you can do this
with a mouse just as well. Clean that up just a tad. While this isn’t gonna
be absolutely perfect, you could do this with
selections like I said. We go a little bit slower. You’re not gonna be able
to see it at all because of all the busyness. Let’s go down here and
just get rid of all this. But not all that. We want that there. What we wanna be able to
see is just his board. That shadow’s carrying over
so I can get rid of all that and then just leave that line. So bring that back. So I can get rid of all this, so the shadow’s mixing in there. And then just that right there. Good, now let’s zoom out. So there’s the first two images. So we’ve got him here and
then him with his hand going over his head. That looks pretty good. Now we’re gonna do that same thing, we’re gonna do it all the way across here. I’m gonna do one more then speed this up so that you can see what it looks like. So now what I’m gonna do to figure out what the next image is. I’m gonna turn off these top
two, so actually let’s do this let’s create a group. So let’s select these two layers. Let’s create a new group from layers. And we’re just gonna, see
you get this new group so what we’re gonna
say is we’re gonna say, composited images. Boom so now we’ve got these, so whenever we wanna turn these off we can just turn off this whole group ’cause eventually we’re
gonna seven, eight, nine, we don’t have to click
the eyeballs each time. So let’s turn this off
and now we can see that that next image is just too close. So we’ve got this one,
let’s see how that looks compared to the other one. So I think that looks pretty good. So let’s just bring this 223
right up above the group. If you’re wondering why
I have this 219 up here, if I’ve got a group on
top it’s sometimes hard to put an image right above
it, so I just put one image above that group. So I have the group down that way I could throw all my images above. Now we can see. Let’s go into look, I think
that’s gonna be pretty good so let’s go in here. Let’s zoom in. We’ll use our lasso tool again. This one I’ll do really quick again and then I’ll speed up through the rest. See if I can get that shadow in there, shadow of his wheels. We’ve got that, let’s zoom out now. We do have the group on so
let’s hit the layer mask now. Okay so there’s what we can
see so now we’ve got all three and this is actually pretty good. He’s not overlapping at all. So for this one we have to, we just have to clean up
right here if you notice that. So let’s come in. So see how his arm is taken up and then we’re going to
move this one a little bit, just to get all the line up. There it’s all lined up, now
let’s go back to our brush. We’ve got black selected
here so we’re just gonna take away that mask, we’re
gonna bring this arm right up to the other one. Yeah let’s see, yeah so we’ve
got some stuff coming up right here. Zoom in a little bit more and we’re just gonna get
that to blend right in there. Good, and come down let’s
see if anything else is interfering. I don’t think so, I
think it all looks good. Right on, let’s zoom out. Right guys I’m going to go through, now I’m going to drag this into the group. It’ll go right onto the top of the group when I drag it in, and I’m
gonna turn off the group and figure out what my
next image is gonna be. And let’s speed this up and then we’ll see the end product. (upbeat music) Okay so there we go. So there is the final image so we’ve got let’s see here we’ve got
one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight of
those images that we used. We pull this one down into here. And that is it, so we’ve
got all these others that we didn’t use. Now what I’ll do is I’ll
just go ahead and save this. The nice thing about this,
the way that I did this out of Lightroom, where I
just selected the images in Lightroom, went to edit in Photoshop, opened in Photoshop as layers, is that when I’m done
with this and I save it, it’s gonna bring this back into Lightroom as a completed image. So you can see we started,
you know, with just the once, with just the one image of
him and now we’ve got him coming across on his grind right, and then hitting this, now
let’s go back into Lightroom. Now we can see the final image right here so let’s do this. Open this one up so there it is compared to just that basically. I mean that’s a different
image but we had one now we’ve got many. Now we can go in here
and do some final things so one thing that I definitely do on this is I would crop this. So I hold down or just
press R on the keyboard, it’s gonna bring me to my crop tool. So there’s crop, and I can
bring this in and over here change the aspect ratio so for this one I might do like a 16 by
nine aspect ratio or even a 16 by 10, to get something cool here. Hold down shift so I
maintain the aspect ratio then bring this up. Wanna pop this down like this little, leaning time going in over here. I like playing with the contrast a bit, little more contrast. This was shot daylight, daylight white balance that’s all good. Exposure’s fine. Don’t need to bump the shadows. I did a little bit there
let’s bring it back down. Again we’ll add just a little
bit of a vignette here. Actually do another
video on these vignettes. You can do a real heavy
one, that’s not good. If I just do a little bit
of a vignette I feel like it brings more focus into
the image and then I, I don’t think we necessarily
need to do any clarity around here but let’s just see how, darken it up a bit that we
could bring the shadows up just a touch. And there we go, now
we’ve got a pretty good stylized image there. Like I said this is a
basic action sequence. So we’ve got eight images. This one’s really simple so
again the way that I shot this, camera on the tripod, focused
where I wanted it to be. Knew that that was in focus. Put it in manual focus after that, and if you have a lens with stabilization it’s on the tripod,
turn stabilization off, otherwise it’s gonna mess with it. And then I waited, you
know, I told him kind of what I wanted to get. He went over, as soon as
he was within the frame I started shooting. Think I lopped off like 20 images or so, it was about a second and a half. Okay so that’s pretty much it. You’ve got a couple of
different things that you do. You can do this a few different ways. You could bring all your
photos into Lightroom first, do your edits on them, and
then export them from there as JPEGs or whatever, and
then go into Photoshop and open those as a stack. So you could run, you know, go to scripts and then open those as
a stack in Photoshop. It’ll auto align the layers. Or you could bring those
raw files into Lightroom, right-click, say edit in Photoshop, so you could say open
in Photoshop as layers and for this particular
shot that worked really well ’cause it wasn’t moving at all, and then I edited this photo, brought the final back
into Lightroom and edited, and that’s it. So we’ve got it like this,
they all line up really well. As you saw there were a few things where I had to move around,
but the really quick process, open up in Photoshop, find
which ones you’re gonna use, and then start using layer
masks to cut that out, move that around. If there is an edge there you
can blend that layer mask edge by going to black on the brush. Black on the brush will
start to take that edge away, use a soft brush, it’ll
feather that edge in. And then you’ve got it
so probably took about a half hour or so for the edit, especially ’cause I’m sitting her talking but normally like one of
these it’s really simple. Once you have it down it
can be 10, 15 minutes. So lasso tool, draw round,
decide if you want it overlapping or not at all. You know if you want them
to be completely different or like in this case
we had the skater’s arm just overlapping its
previous frame a little bit. You can get as easy or as
complicated as you want. That’s it guys, so thanks for joining me. Let me know what you thought
of this tutorial down below. Stay tuned, I’m gonna have
part two out next week and later on this week we’ve
got some more Photoshop and Lightroom stuff coming up. So thank you so much for watching. You guys have an awesome day. Talk to you soon. (upbeat music)

35 Replies to “Tutorial action photo sequence in Adobe Photoshop – photoshop cc tutorial

  1. Bill, if you had your camera locked down on a solid tripod, why didn't all of the images line up so you didn't have to adjust them?

  2. when I do a layer mask the edge is really obvious, I tried painting it out like you said but didn't work what am I doing wrong?

  3. super explanation, I do Dock Diving and want to start doing this type of end product for exhibitors. I definitely need to get lightroom as I use PS7 right now 🙂

  4. The tutorial was awesome! I was struggling with layer masks but now I can so them without too much struggle! 🙂

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