The regulation of gravity is absolute except you’re a mystic and know easy methods to use the magic of Photoshop to drift above all of it.
Photographing the mystic
A mannequin named Aria and I have been having espresso when she stated she beloved mystic and fantasy magicians. We talked additional and determined to show her into one in every of these legendary characters. Together with my make-up artist, Jypsy Nichols, we go to work.
Aria introduced outfits sourced from thrift outlets — nice locations for costumes! Jypsy styled the hair and created the make-up look. I constructed the set with a thunder grey paper background and a set of Matthews apple bins.
I’ve used studio digital flash my whole profession. The brand new LED lights I’m working with are as a result of I’m taking pictures extra video. For this undertaking, I needed to step into a brand new realm and work with steady mild for nonetheless photographs that includes folks. I beloved the concept the Luxli lights made the entire colours of the rainbow. I used a Luxi Timpani2 as the principle mild and a pair of Luxli Cello2 panels for the background and hair lights.
I needed to get used to sluggish shutter speeds with the continual lights. Any motion leads to movement blur as a result of the shutter velocity was 1/30s.
Floating an individual with out wire work is the realm of Photoshop. The setup is easy. I put a half-height apple field on the ground with a full-size apple field on high of it. Aria sat cross-legged on high of the stack. Her skirt dangled down however didn’t hit the ground. The bins are eliminated in Photoshop to make her float above the ground.
The pretty new Object Choice software is good for making the preliminary choice. This software is nested with the Magic Wand and the Fast Choice instruments. The shortcut to cycle via these instruments is Shift + W.
Tip: Go to Photoshop > Preferences > Instruments… and uncheck Use Shift for Software Change. Now merely tapping W will cycle via them. Preferences on Home windows is beneath the Edit menu.
I moved the cursor over Aria and the software gave a range preview in purple. A click on turns it into a range. Clicking Choose Topic works too.
Make the layer masks
The choice exhibits as marching ants. Click on Choose and Masks. Aria, our mystic seems to be floating on a clear background. Subsequent, I click on Refine Hair. The second software down is the Refine Edge software.
Refine Edge software
Utilizing a small brush, I work the perimeters round Aria the place the perimeters look contaminated with the background. I additionally go round her hair. As soon as the sting appears higher I transfer on to cleansing up the masks.
Refine the masks
There are a bunch of flaws within the masks. Choose Topic is an effective start line and it’ll all the time need tweaks. I clicked the View menu on the high to decide on Overlay (V) to see the mystic in opposition to purple.
With the Brush software lively, I paint black on the purple masks to cover the components of the apple bins that wound up within the choice.
A part of one on the left exhibits beneath her as do components across the prepare of her skirt. Then, I click on OK. That produces a marching ants choice round Aria. I click on the Add Layer Masks icon on the backside of the Layers panel to make the masks.
The masks will be modified later in Choose and Masks by right-clicking it after which selecting Choose and Masks.
I all the time shoot a photograph or two of the background with nothing on it. I moved the apple bins and pushed the sunshine stands out of the best way. I open that file in Photoshop. I click on the lock icon on the Background layer to vary it to Layer 0. It’s highlighted within the layer stack. I sort Cmd + C (Win: Ctrl + C) to repeat the layer. Subsequent, I paste it into the picture of Aria floating. All I see is the backdrop. I transfer it under the clear layer with Aria on it. Within the Transfer software (V), I place her layer a bit greater on the background.
And there you could have it … Aria the mystic is levitating.