add a speed pan effect to a photo + DIY race display


Whether your kid is just starting school or turning into an adult right before your eyes, chances are that earning an award ribbon of some sort is just about the coolest thing ever. The only problem is that kids accumulate so much stuff, so those beloved ribbons often get tucked in drawers or under the bed where they get lost in the no man’s land of trinkets, toys and clothes that no one wants to put away. To keep my son’s cross country ribbons from disappearing, I made an easy DIY race display board for him, where he can display his top 4 ribbons plus a cool speed pan effect photo of him at the finish line of a race.

Learn how to pump up the action in your photo by adding a speed pan effect in Photoshop Elements 15. Then make this easy DIY race photo and ribbon display.

It’s easy to add a speed pan effect to your photos in Adobe Photoshop Elements 15. The photo I started with is fairly unimpressive: it’s full of ugly background distractions and lots of other people. Adding the speed pan blurs out the distracting elements and places all the emphasis on my son, as well as giving the photo some excitement.

Learn how to pump up the action in your photo by adding a speed pan effect in Photoshop Elements 15. Then make this easy DIY race photo and ribbon display.

This photo, which isn’t one I would have even printed out before, now looks perfect on the race display board:

Learn how to pump up the action in your photo by adding a speed pan effect in Photoshop Elements 15. Then make this easy DIY race photo and ribbon display.

You can access the Speed Pan Guided Edit in Guided mode of Photoshop Elements 15. If you don’t have Photoshop Elements 15, you can click here to try it free for 30 days.

Learn how to pump up the action in your photo by adding a speed pan effect in Photoshop Elements 15. Then make this easy DIY race photo and ribbon display.

The ease with which you can add an effect like this to your photos is one of the reasons I really love Photoshop Elements 15. Here’s a video that walks you through the Speed Pan Guided Edit:

You can check out some of the other photo projects I’ve created with Photoshop Elements here.

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The DIY race photo/ribbon display board is very easy to make. You’ll need a 12×16 piece of wood or planked board like the one I used (I found it at Walmart).

Learn how to pump up the action in your photo by adding a speed pan effect in Photoshop Elements 15. Then make this easy DIY race photo and ribbon display.

1 – Sand the board smooth. 2 – Paint the board in your desired color. I used inexpensive craft paint and wiped some of it off while it was still wet so I could see the wood grain through the color. 3 – Remove the glass from a cheap photo frame (you can usually find them at the dollar store). Layer the glass over your photo and use thumb tacks to adhere to the board. 4 – Add race ribbons, using thumbtacks to adhere each one to the board as well. You may need a hammer to tap the tacks in. Learn how to pump up the action in your photo by adding a speed pan effect in Photoshop Elements 15. Then make this easy DIY race photo and ribbon display.

The piece of glass I used is 6×8 inches, and my photo is 5×7 inches, so I adhered the photo to a 6×8 inch piece of cardstock before layering it under the glass to give it the look of a photo matte.

Learn how to pump up the action in your photo by adding a speed pan effect in Photoshop Elements 15. Then make this easy DIY race photo and ribbon display.

Thank you to Adobe Photoshop Elements 15 for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.

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    Mary S says

    Very nice. Congratulations to your son for all those colored ribbons.
    My husband ran cross country in high school. He was already a senior and only ran 1 year. There’s more to the story, but he received a letter “Y” for the name of the school. Cross country only started the year before. He ran track as well, That was in the late ’50’s. Running days are over so walking or biking have taken over. 🙂

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