There are many good photo editors in the world and I’d like to point out that Motion 5 can serve that role with honor. Recently, I made a couple of tutorials focused on just this idea of using Motion 5 where you otherwise might use Photoshop, GIMP, Pixlr, etc.
But again you keep asking, why? Why use such a powerful tool for motion graphics and effects for still photo compositing? Short story… a friend got me thinking on this when they mentioned they were using Pixlr to edit some photos to be used in a video they were making in iMovie. I happened to know that friend also had Motion 5 but had hesitated using it because, well, it does a lot of intimidating things compared to something like iMovie. Nonetheless, I knew Motion was more than capable for the task, even though it isn’t geared for such work directly. Plus I reasoned that starting with photo manipulation is a plausible starting point for getting comfortable with Motion before moving into the world of animation, keyframes, particle emitters, and other “timey wimey” things.
So, because I know this could be useful to my friend in building their confidence, and it may help build yours as well, I hope to continue on with this series and start getting into masking, blending, and all the other wonderful composite effects Motion offers. Perhaps, I’ll even find some good Photoshop, even Illustrator tutorials on the web and then recreate them in Motion 5.
If you have Motion 5 and find yourself in the same position as my friend I described above, please follow along and offer feedback! I’ll try to produce several more videos for this series and see if it proves useful to anyone and build from there. Thanks for your time, now let’s EDIT SOME PICTURES!