Introduction: How to Float Dead Bodies
Runner Up in the
Halloween Photo Editing Contest with Pixlr
This is a tutorial on how to make "dead" people appear as if they are floating.
Step 1: Make Your Costume
If you want your model to look like they are really dead then you must make them dress for the occasion.
FIRST: get a long white dress for your model. i got one from a thrift store for $3 which I highly recommend if you plan on cutting it up or throwing dirt on it like i did.
NEXT: cut it up and make it look worn & torn. i threw dirt, flour, and red food dye mixed with vinegar and then olive oil on the dress my model wore to make it look authentic and as if she just rose from the dead after a bloody, violent death.
Step 2: Take Your Photograph
NEXT: pick your setting and take your photograph. make sure you use a tripod and to take the two photos so there is no movement. A remote would work the best if you had one. I had forgotten my tripod at home and had to improvise so if that happens just wing it.
Step 3: Cut Out Your Model
After you take your photos and upload them onto your computer, open up photoshop with your photos. Put the two photos in the same window just on different layers.
Then you need to select the lasso tool and use it to outline your model. This is how you will cut the person out. Once you have your model selected, or outlined, go to the Select tab then click inverse then delete. this will leave you with only your model. Put the model picture above the background in your layers menu on the bottom right hand side of the screen.
Step 4: Adding a Shadow
I didn't put much effort into this because there wasn't any shadow in the original picture, but use the burn tool on a low percent and add a shadow where you think one should go. Just play around with it until you feel it is right.
Step 5: Change the Color of the Picture
use color balance under edit-adjustments-color balance- when you open it start with the mids then the shadows then the highlights, but just play with it to get the tone you are looking for in the photo. the possibilities are endless.
Step 6: Add Some Vig
You can leave the picture as is or go another step and add vignetting. To do this you go into filter-distort-lens correction. One you get into this you will see in the middle on the right hand side two settings for vignetting once again you have to play around with it because everyones photos will be different, but mess with the settings until you feel satisfied.
Then you have your final product save it how ever you like jpeg png etc. Upload it to the web for some critique. then shoot more photos!
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