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How to Create the 2.5D Effect Using Photoshop CS6 and Motion 5

2.5D effect

Yes, you can use still photos in your video, but that’s so blah. Instead, trying adding a little movement to your photos.

(And I’m not talking about the Ken Burns Effect here — though it’s pretty cool too.)

Here’s a full workflow video (from the member library) that shows you how to create the “2.5D Effect” using a combination of Photoshop CS6 and Motion 5:

It’s an interesting way to add movement to still photos in your video projects.

Like a lot of workflows, there are several different ways to do this, and this video is one example.

I hope you enjoy it!

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16 Responses to “How to Create the 2.5D Effect Using Photoshop CS6 and Motion 5”

  1. Imre says on :

    this very cool!!! thx :)

  2. Jan Landy says on :

    Izzy, You are amazingly brilliant and the ultimate instructor.  I wish that I had more time to learn FCP to use it as effectively as you do.  Unfortunately, I have a real life that does not include video editing for a living and thusly, the reason I don’t have the time.   So nice to know that you are out there for those that have the need that you fill perfectly 

  3. Rgrantphoto1 says on :

    Great video. I m basically a pro still photographer, but video is becoming useful to my clients. I am using FCE for now, but I can see that FCP is essential.

  4. DavidBert says on :

    Excellent video and the way you instruct is great. 

    I have been editing in FCP for 6 years and always looking to add more tools to my tool box. Your videos are an awesome way of doing that.

    I’ve become a fan of Izzy!

  5. Julia says on :

    Fantastic!  So clear and easy to follow, and just what I needed for a current project using bg plates.  Thanks much!

  6. Joe Arnett says on :

    Really awesome!

  7. Joe Arnett says on :

    Really nice how to, thanks for the help with this effect.

  8. Kevin D Dibb says on :

    I thought this was the “kid stays in the picture” effect or something like that?

  9. IzzyVideo says on :

    Yep, that’s another name for it because that film used it a lot. :)

  10. Luigi says on :


  11. Graham 'Stepz' Burvill says on :

    This amazing knowledge to have Izzy . . . thanks alot!!

  12. FIKRET says on :


  13. Taural says on :

    that was great. thanks Izzy!

  14. Rob Ånderson says on :

    excellent! I’ve always struggled to figure this out… you are the Master

  15. Paul Austin Kelly says on :

    Thanks, Izzy!  This really fired my imagination.  I can’t imagine using it as a replacement for Ken Burnes in a slideshow because it’s so time consuming to achieve but I’m wondering how else it might be used in animating photos or layered montages created in PS.  Very cool!

  16. Quincy Hammond says on :

    You are the bomb IZZY.  Everything was clear and concise.  Thank you so much.