Long exposure cloud movement: how to give a sharp sky a slow shutter effect

Long exposure cloud movement: how to give sharp skies a slow shutter speed effect

How to create a long exposure cloud movement effect: steps 16-18

How to create a long exposure cloud movement effect: step 16

16 Blur the top layer
Reduce the Opacity of ‘Layer 1’ to 45% to blend the blurred clouds with the original and produce a more subtle layered effect. Click the ‘Layer 1 copy’ thumbnail and go to Filter > Blur > Radial Blur. Set Amount to 20 and click OK. Add a mask to the ‘Layer 1 copy’ layer.

 

How to create a long exposure cloud movement effect: step 17

17 Blend more clouds
Select the Brush tool, use the same size and hardness settings as before, but reduce the Opacity to 30%. By painting grey strokes onto the mask you’ll make the lower part of the sky transparent to blend with the clouds on the lower layers. Set the Opacity of ‘Layer 1 copy’ to 65%.

 

How to create a long exposure cloud movement effect: step 18

18 Hide the blurred edges
Some blurred clouds may still be overlapping the top of the building. To fix this, drag ‘Layer 2’ to the top of the layer stack. This will sharpen up the edges of the hills and buildings. You now have a well-exposed shot with motion-blurred clouds.

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