I’m sure you have all seen photo’s where people appear to be levitating, but have you ever tried it out for yourself?
It’s not really all that hard. All you need is:
- Flash. (optional)
- Ladder, milk crate, box , chair or anything to support you above the ground.
- Photoshop or any editing software that allows you to work with layers.
First of all, set up your camera on your tripod. Set your camera to manual and take a background shot. Once you get your exposure how you want it, be sure to keep your settings the same in all of your shots.
Next step is to get levitating! To help you fight gravity, position yourself on a ladder or whatever you have handy. (I’ve used milk crates here) If you’re shooting alone you’ll need to set the timer on your camera or use a remote to release the shutter. Or, if you have a good friend named Dean, like i do, set everything so it’s ready to go and get him to press the shutter release for you. (Thanks Dean)
Now it’s time to open up photoshop where the illusion will all start to take shape. Open both images using the image without you in it as the background. There are a few ways to remove the milk crates. The eraser tool will do it, but it is irreversible, so if you make a mistake you’ll have to start over. The best tool for the job that i’ve found is the “Layer mask”, it lets you paint out any detail you like, and if you make a mistake you can paint it right back in again. If you don’t know how to do layer masks, go and google it. But hurry back, we’re just getting to the good bit! If you do know how to do layer masks go right ahead and start to paint out the milk crates. When you’re satisfied they’re all gone it’s time to go to layers and “flatten image”.
Once the milk crates are gone, there might be a dent in your bum, legs or stomach in my case, from where your weight was on the milk crates. To fix this go into filters and select “Liquify”. Use a medium size brush and carefully push out the dented area.
Once you have everything where it should be, just edit the image to your liking as you would with any other photo.
I hope you found this tutorial helpful.
Now go get levitating!
Dean, part time model, full time web designer. http://thriveweb.com.au/