Halloween is almost here and what better way to be festive than update your social media profiles with ghoulish images of you and your loved ones? To do this, we’re going to pull from my photography bag of tricks.
You will need:
- Photo editing tools like:
o Photoshop Elements (the consumer version of Photoshop)
o Photoshop Touch App on iPad or Android tablet device
o Photoshop Touch App on iPhone or Android Phone
The trick is how to quickly turn anyone into a ghost (well, they don’t actually become a ghost, but they become see-through in the way ghosts are usually portrayed in the movies, which actual ghosts would probably take issue with, ya know… if ghosts were real).
There are two parts to creating this ghostly effect — don’t worry, both are super-simple!
Take two identical shots of the same scene; one photo including the person you want to transform into a ghost and the second shot will be the exact same photo, but without anyone appearing in the photo. The most important part of this step is placing your camera on a tripod. Your camera can’t move, even 1/10 of an inch, between the two photos you’re going to take.
Open both photos in Photoshop (or Photoshop Elements). If you don’t have either, download Photoshop Touch for your tablet device.
*The steps below are for Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. If you are using Photoshop Touch on your tablet, the steps for your creepy creation are at the end of the post.
Once both photos are open in Photoshop, click on the window with the photo of the person you are going to make a ghost.
Next, go under the Select Menu and choose All to put a selection around the entire photo of your subject.
Under the Edit Menu, choose Copy.
Now switch to the window containing the photo of the background.
Choose Paste under the Edit Menu to paste the photo with your subject on top of the photo of the background.
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