Cool Olympic Stuff!!

Well, we are at the halfway point of the Olympic games over in Beijing and it’s already one for history books. I must first convey, once again, a big congrats to Michael Phelps for becoming the most decorated Olympian both in a single games and of all time. Way to go Michael!!

Almost as cool as that is something I have been seeing on the NBC Olympics website. For some of the events they have been displaying what’s known as Stromotion. Which is basically showing the progression of an event over time in a single image. It’s especially cool with the gymnastics events as it shows each step of the routine. I could describe it all day but you really have to see for yourself. In case you are wondering, yes, this can be easily done in Photoshop. Here’s the link.



  1. kedon 18 August, 2008 at 21:09 Reply

    Just wondering, how do you do it in photoshop? I’ve been searching for tutorials to give it a whirl and just haven’t found the right stromotion guide. But yea, I think this is probably the coolest sports effect ever. thanks.

  2. Kirk Nelson 19 August, 2008 at 09:27 Reply


    I’ve done this effect before by seperating video frames into layers and then hand masking the motion. The result is excellent, but it’s a time consuming process if there are many many frames. Is there a way to automate the process?

    The new Statistics script in CS3 can do the opposite, it can remove all the action objects and result in just a blank background, but I can’t seem to get it to have an additive effect. Some of the stack modes will attempt to add, but they always look transparent and over saturated (like an overlay blend mode) instead of a solid object.

    The photomerge isn’t exactly the right solution either. It just creates a solid black mask on the overlapping layers.

    any ideas?

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