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Video:How to Make a Fake Ghost Picture Using Photoshop

with Chris Davis

Want to freak your friends out with a doctored ghostly image? Follow the steps outlined in this how-to video from About.com and make a convincing image of a ghost.See Transcript

Transcript:How to Make a Fake Ghost Picture Using Photoshop

Hi I'm Chris Davis for About.com. There are a variety of ways to create a ghostly image using Photoshop.

How to Create a Doctored Ghost Image

Here's one that I find easy to create and looks great. To start you will need two images: one that will serve as the background and one of a person who we will make into a ghost. Once you have them selected open them in Photoshop.

Cutting Out Your Ghost and Adjusting the Image

You can leave your image in color, however, I like the look that I get when the images are in black and white. To convert your background image to black & white go to Image – Adjustments - Black & White.

Next we will cut out our ghost. To take your subject out of the image it is currently in you will want to select it. This can be done several ways. You could trace using any of the lasso tools, however, I find it easier to use the Quick Selection tool. Simply drag over the areas you want to select. Don't worry if you also select some of the background. We will erase it later.

Now go to Edit - Copy to copy your selection. Click on the background tab which will open the background and select Edit – Paste. 

Now that your image is on the background we will take a moment to clean up any imperfections or background that we don't want. Using the Eraser Tool remove any elements you don't want. Don't worry if you erase a little of the person's body. Remember they are about to become a ghost, their body can vanish. 

Next we will resize your subject to make it feels as though it belongs in the background. Go to Edit - Free Transform and adjust the anchor points to your liking.

Adjusting the Image

After you are happy with the size we will remove the color from our ghost. Image – Adjustments - Black & White. Now adjust the sliders until you are happy with the exposure. Your subject should begin to look ghostly, however, the magic begins in this step. Change the Layer Blend Mode from Normal to Hard Light Feel free to try other blend modes. They will create a variety of ghostly looks. Overlay works well. Adjust the opacity settings to make your ghost appear more transparent until you achieve the effect you are looking for. Finally, we will add a little blur to our ghost. Go to Filter - Blur - Gaussian Blur. Adjust the blur to your liking. A little goes a long way. Somewhere between 2-5 pixels should look good. To complete your finished look you can continue to adjust both the opacity of the layer and the amount of blur. Different settings will make drastically different looks.

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