How to Turn yourself into a Ghost Pirate (like Pirates of the Caribbean)

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I am an artist and a graphic designer! This project was something I decided to do in order to practice my photoshop skills and have a fun photo for halloween. I used Adobe Photoshop CS4 to alter my costume, appearance, and environment in this photo. First, I shot photos in my room with a nikon digital slr camera. This instructable goes through step by step how I created this appearance and hopefully it will help you in your photo manipulating adventures!
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Step 1: Cutting Out the Background

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Using the quick selection tool in photoshop, draw around the image. This tool should immediately select most of the background that needs to be cut out. Switch from the positive and negative within the tool menu in order to take some of the selection out or add some in. Simply hit the delete button and then command + D to deselect the selection and continue.

Step 2: Changing Eye Color

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Use the quick selection tool again to select the eye area that needs to be changed to a more ghost like appearance. Then go to image, adjustments and hue/saturation. Mess around with all three levels in order to get the spooky eye color, then again press command + deselect in order to continue.

Step 3: Changing the Face Complexion

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For this step its time to make a ghost like complexion, after all most ghosts do not look natural and tan as seen in the original picture. Start out with the brush tool, but it needs to be set in saturation mode in order to lighten the complexion instead of color or darken it. Do this to all fleshy areas. Then take the burn tool and darken areas to make shadows and intensify the image. You can also click the same button and hold it down to get the dodge tool to lighten areas.
AnnaD112 months ago

Wow! This is a great tutorial :) Thanks for all the wonderful tips, made my project so much easier! You have great talent, can't wait to see your next project on here.