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EyeCandy 3.1 Motion Trail Filter
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EyeCandy 3.1
Motion Trail Filter

Created by: Fignations of Imaginment
This filter adds a motion trail effect to and around the selection to give the illusion of motion.

If you choose this filter without making a selection, you will get the following error message:

"This filter requires a selection or a layer with editable transparency. In this case, we recommend you create a selection."

The combination of each option creates the entire effect of this filter.



This adjusts the length of the motion trail.

1st image: Length = 31
2nd image: Length = 55



This adjusts how opaque the motion trail is.

1st image: Opacity = 100
2nd image: Opacity = 50



This adjusts what direction the motion trail is going towards.

Just Smear Edges

This determines whether the entire selection is smeared to create the motion trail, or just the edges of the selection.

1st image: Just Smear not selected
2nd image: Just Smear selected



These images show a few examples of different settings of the motion trail filter.

1st image:   Length = 75
Opacity = 90
Direction = 90
2nd image:   Length = 31
Opacity = 100
Direction = 151
3rd image:   Length = 76
Opacity = 90
Direction = 180

Saved Effects

The pull-down menu that shows "Last Used" by default has a number of predefined effects you can choose. You can add your own settings by clicking on the pencil icon or delete settings by clicking on the eraser icon.

The "Photographic" and "Very Fast" effects are identical to each other.


This filter works on any selection, including text. 

1st image:   Create text as a selection, copy to a blank image with enough room for the motion trail, and apply the filter to the text.
2nd image:   Create text as a vector selection, merge the layers, select the text, and apply the filter to the selection.

While this filter is easy to use, its not always as easy to get the effect you want immediately. Play with the different settings until you get what you want. Use masks to apply the motion trail to only the object (i.e., the bear) and not affect the background portion of the image.