Introduction: Levitation Photography

Hello everyone! Here is my tutorial on a fairly quick and simple way to make it look like you are levitating in your photos! Enjoy!

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LarryDAdamsWV (author)2016-10-20

Thank you, this might make some interesting family photos

PicsArt (author)2016-06-02

Very intersting. Thanks for sharing!

Flabbydog14 (author)2016-03-04

Great tips! Thanks!

LewisMary (author)2016-02-25

That's a very good tutorial, thank you so much for sharing! (By the way, I was attracted by the main photograph - it's amazing and sooo hilarious :D)

Dustint66 (author)2013-12-05

That's great Ben! I'm glad that I could help! I'd love to see your results!

hellgargoyle (author)2013-11-21

Thanks for share!.

webmanoffesto (author)2013-06-14

In GIMP you use the Layer Mask
See my Instructable here
This instructable is better called a first draft, but I'm learning as I do it. I hope to improve it later.

SparkytheHappyGiraffe (author)2013-03-09

what is the downloadable program called

It is called gimp. The procedure is slightly different in gimp but it will totally do it

partycandi (author)2013-03-08

GREAT TUTORIAL!!!!! Do you know AE?

Dustint66 (author)partycandi2013-03-08

Thank you! I don't believe I know AE.

bipat (author)2013-02-17

great and easy to understand instructables, my kids are really biz with their imaginations now,

Dustint66 (author)bipat2013-02-17

Thank you very much! Id love to see what you guys could come up with! :)

big dawg1 (author)2013-02-17

Have you had any luck finding out how to do the same with Paint Shop Pro Photo X2? I've looking around with out any success so far.

Dustint66 (author)big dawg12013-02-17

I found this.. let me know if it helps

laborde (author)2013-02-14

Would like to learn how to do this. I don't have Photoshop but do have GIMP. I tried the procedure in GIMP without success. Maybe the procedure is a little different between Photoshop and GIMP. If you know how to do the procedure in GIMP, please post.

Dustint66 (author)laborde2013-02-16

Here is the GIMP procedures! I found this video on youtube

Dustint66 (author)laborde2013-02-16

Here is the GIMP procedures! I found this video on youtube

Dustint66 (author)laborde2013-02-16

Here is the GIMP procedures! I found this video on youtube

Dustint66 (author)laborde2013-02-15

I will look that up and get back to you.

big dawg1 (author)2013-02-16

Thanks for the help. I'm looking forward to having some fun with my grand-kids and this technique.

Dustint66 (author)big dawg12013-02-16

Awesome! I'd love to see what you get! I'm sure the kids will love it!

tshedd sr. (author)2013-02-16

Thanks for show me how to do that..............

Dustint66 (author)tshedd sr.2013-02-16

My pleasure! Be sure to share your results with me!

lil_3bood (author)2013-02-16

great love the pic, but one question, i want to know how did you add the effects of the picture, the toning and contrast ?

Dustint66 (author)lil_3bood2013-02-16

Great question! After I do the edit I throw it over to Lightroom for all of the contrast and color effects

whoofoto (author)2013-02-15

Hey Dustin, I think I'll plan to do that to entertain a classroom of 3rd graders when June rolls around and the school work is essentially over. I like Igparkes suggestion of a broom race. That should be fun!This would be a fun project. And I am familiar with Photoshop and have not tried erasing via layers on GIMP.

Dustint66 (author)whoofoto2013-02-15

I bet the kids would love that! The beauty of it is you could use the same background layer over and over ! Have fun with that! :) I'd live to see your results!

whoofoto (author)Dustint662013-02-16

I'll be sure to post it for all to enjoy! Thanks for the .

SnyperBob (author)2013-02-15

All great comments....most people that shoot subjects with a 'green screen' type process, actually use white. They contend that the white doesn't add a weird color cast to the subject.
I agree with the other comment, shooting like this Instructable makes your lighting perfect and more natural.

Dustint66 (author)SnyperBob2013-02-15

I haven't tried that yet. Woul that do something strange to the colors of the eyes or are you just cutting the whole person out?

SnyperBob (author)Dustint662013-02-15

Well it gets technical and you would need to test it out. If you use a green screen, you should light the screen with one light. And then you should light the subject with a different light. They call it a kicker to separate the subject from the background

If you watch the news or any show that uses a green screen for the background they always have the kicker.

It seems photogs have adapted this same concept, just with a white wall, sheet or whatever.

Then the lighting isn't as critical to eliminate color cast. With green, if you don't light it properly, you can't just select it in photoshop with selective color. Especially around hair.

Check out Joel Grimes, he's a master about composites

Nice Instructable

Dustint66 (author)SnyperBob2013-02-15

Awesome! I will check that out! Thank you! :)

big dawg1 (author)2013-02-15

Great instructable. Would love to duplicate this. I don't have Photoshop, but do have Corel Paint Shop Photo X2. Can you explain the steps you used in hiding/removing part of the second photo using Paint Shop Pro? I don't seem to be able to figure out that step with Paint Shop Pro.

Dustint66 (author)big dawg12013-02-15

Thank you for your message! I will look into that and get back to you ASAP! :)

billguy (author)2013-02-15

As the author states, this is a nice, easy way to achieve the effect. The suggestion of using a "Green Screen" with transparency to drop in any background may be another alternative, but the casual user may not have access to a green background. Also, when two pictures are going be combined to make a composite, you need to worry about the lighting source for both pictures. Shadows coming from different directions could spoil the effect. This technique provides consistent lighting a shadowing between the two pictures.

Dustint66 (author)billguy2013-02-15

Thank you bill! That is a great comparison between green screen and composite! :)

pedrobedro (author)2013-02-15

If you can't afford Photoshop you could try Serif Photoplus. I've been using it for years and it does just about everything you need and is pretty easy to learn. I enjoyed watching the video and learning something new.

Dustint66 (author)pedrobedro2013-02-15

Thank you very much! I will check into that website! I'm glad you enjoyed the video!

rshughes21 (author)2013-02-15

Great instructable, Dustin! I don't think my two cat's are going to appreciate it quite as much as I did though... ;o)

Dustint66 (author)rshughes212013-02-15

Hahaha! Probably not but I'd love to see the results! Hopefully you get the shots without being attacked!

trichards5 (author)2013-02-14

Great instructable project! I don't have Photoshop but do have GIMP. Could you show how to do this using GIMP. Thanks

laborde (author)trichards52013-02-15

I had the same problem that you have. Try this link, it might be helpful.
It is a tutorial on how to do levitation photography using GIMP.

Dustint66 (author)trichards52013-02-15

Thank you for watching! I will look into the steps for doing this with gimp

keitre (author)trichards52013-02-14

guys, if you don't have photoshop and having difficulty with gimp, try using online editor. I tried you can work with layers and some tools like photoshop. its also light to process as it uses browser only. and by the way its free.

Packmule (author)2013-02-15

Very Nice

Packmule (author)2013-02-15

very nice....

skolic (author)2013-02-14

Great work man, nice & simple explenation !

Dustint66 (author)skolic2013-02-15

Thank you very much! Glad you enjoyed it!!

keith726 (author)2013-02-14

Excellent 'ible! This is really great - thanks for giving all of us the secret to having much fun and games. Great job!

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