Parallax Effect in Photography [Photoshop tutorials]

This time, Chris from Spoon Graphic blog will show us how to create the parallax effect with three cool examples. It is not the usual step-by-step photoshop tutorial (hence the 6 minute length), but it does gives us a lot of useful tips and tricks.

And that’s all for today. What do you think about our list? Do you feel interested to try any of them? If you think there is another cool tutorial we forgot to add, please share it in the comment section.

In this 12-minute video tutorial, Brandon Bradley will guide you on the necessary steps to convert your standard 2D photo into a fun 3D parallax video.

Made by Lankapu Chen, this tutorial is a 2-parter, each less than five minutes long. It shows us the basics on how to collaborate Photoshop and After Effects to create a simple parallax effect with two flowers patches.

This video from 2-minute Design channel will show you how to achieve parallax effect using only Photoshop CC. The video is short (hence the 2 minute timeframe) but it does give us a lot of tricks on how to deliver this effect.


Check his work in this video below:

In this professionally done tutorial, Joe Fellows shows us how he’s able to bring photos to life using the parallax effect with Photoshop and After Effects. It’s so exciting to watch because with the right tools and creativity, we can “freeze time” or imitate a “slow motion scene” with these tricks.

Parallax Effect – 2-Minute Design

Inspired by Joe Fellow work’s for WWF, Patrick David played around with open source software to achieve the 2.5D parallax effect. You guessed it, he successfully combined Blender and Gimp to achieve the parallax effect. You can read his full step-by-step guide here.

Animate Photos in Photoshop – Michael Tierney

And here is another good example:

Here is an example of the parallax effect in action to illustrate what I’m trying to describe.

2.5D Parallax Effect Photoshop Tutorial – Spoon Graphic

The effect can also be called the 2.5D parallax effect. 2.5D refers to the visual depth perception in an otherwise 2-dimensional image or view. If you want to adopt this parallax effect in your photographs, you can, with the help of Photoshop.

Ken Burns Effect – Photoshop Training Channel

We’ve been collecting some of the best tutorials on Parallax in Photography. Some of them may require extra video editing software like Adobe After Effects to execute. If you don’t have it, you can check out the tutorial which creates the parallax effect with open source software.

Parallax Effect Tutorial – Lankapu Chen

Create a 2.5D Parallax Video – Brandon Bradley

In under 5 minutes Steve Martin will teach you how to to "fake" the popular parallax effect in Final Cut Pro X. He will show you how to use Pixelmator to create two layers, then import them into FCPX. The finished result looks very cool.

How To Animate a Photo – Joe Fellows

The Parallax Effect is also known as the Ken Burns effect, which is named after the filmmaker who made this effect his signature visual style in his documentary films. This technique is a panning and zooming effect that is used to create something like a video from still images. The zooming and panning across photographs gives the feeling of motion, which keeps the viewer visually engaged.

Using only Photoshop layers and a timeline panel, Michael Tierney guides us on how to animate more complex parallax photos comprising buildings and a bridge in the shot. In 12 minutes, you would know more about creating parallax effect than before.

2.5D Parallax Effect using free software – Patrick David

Photoshop Training Channel give us this awesome 30 minute long step-by-step Photoshop tutorial. What these guys do differently is animate both panning and zooming simultaneously, which is super cool. They’re using Photoshop CS6 in this tutorial.

Faking a Parallax Effect in Under 5mins – steve Martin

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3. How to Create Realistic Water Droplets

4. Dynamic Lightning Filled Background Tutorial

5. Creating an organic smoke & texture Composite

6. How To pull Off A Cool Watercolor Effect

7. How To Create A Valentine’s Day Card

8. How To Create A Geometric Effect

9. How To Sharpen images

10. How To Create A Retro Collage

11. How To Pull Off An Eerie Eye

12. How To Make A Sewing Embroidery Effect

13. How to Make an iMac Illustration

14. Creating An Abstract Geometric Photo Collage Art

15. How To Create The Stencil Banner Text Effect

16. Creating a Futuristic Effect with Your Portraits

17. Creating Lighting Effects

18. How To Pull Off A Trendy Double Exposure Effect

19. How To Pull Off Geometric Pixel Art

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20. Pulling Off A Realistic 3D Text Art

21. How to Pull Off An Awesome Sports Event Poster

22. Creating Sci-Fi Landscapes

23. How To Create Screen Print Designs

24. Advanced Collage Techniques

25. How to Create A Retro Star wars effect

26. 80’s Inspired Artwork

27. How To Recreate this Medical DNA effect

28. Seamless Compositing Using Layer Mask

29. How To Create Easy HDR Effect using Luminosity

30. Iron Man Fanart Tutorial

31. How To Pull Off A Text Portrait

32. An Aquatic Photo Manipulation Tutorial

33. How To Use Grids as Design Elements

34. How to Create a 3D Chrome Badge

35. How To Add Light Rays in Photoshop

36. Futuristic Photo Manipulations

37. How To Design a Floral Pattern for Fabrics

38. Kids Mini Me Effect

39. Windows 10 Style Wallpaper

40. How To Create An Animated Neon Sign

41. A Film Noir Style Tutorial

42. Stencil Poster Effect

43. Christmas Glass Ball Tutorial

44. Halloween Card Tutorial

45. How To Pull Off Realistic Autumn Leaves

46. Sculpting a Face using Dodging and Burning

47. Turn a Photo Into a Jigsaw Puzzle!

48. Halftone and screenprint poster style

49. How To Transform a Portrait Into a Caricature Artwork

50. Pixel Explosion Effects