Add a Ghost to a Room in Photoshop

For this Tutorial, you will need a background image (dark ones work better) and one of the subject you want to use as the Ghost.

1 - In Photoshop, open the image you chose as “Background”.

2 - Since the image we chose is a daylight shot, we will need to darken it. Create a “New Layer” on top by clicking on the small icon at the bottom of the “Layers Panel”.

3 - Use the “Polygonal Lasso Tool” (W) (or any other selection tool) to select the portions of the image you want to cover or darken, choosing the “Add to Selection” and/or “Subtract from Selection” options in the Top Menu to refine the selection.

4 - With the selection active, add a “Solid Color Adjustment Layer” by clicking on the small black and white circle at the bottom of the “Layers Panel” and choose Black as fil.

5 - Select the “Brush Tool” (B) use a small brush (about 5 px and 0% “Hardness”) and fix the edges of the selection if needed.

6 - Create a “New Curves Adjustment Layer” on top. Move the Midtone Point down and right (Input: 168, Output: 97) to darken the image.

7 - Select the “Mask” Thumbnail in the “Color Fill Layer” and use the “Brush Tool” (B) with a size of about 80 px, 0% “Hardness” with 66% “Opacity” and 17% “Flow”. Make sure that White is the “Foreground” color and cover the portions of the image that remain too bright. Lower the “Opacity” to about 75%.

8 - With the top layer selected, create a “New Vibrance Adjustment Layer”. Set the “Vibrance” value to +66 and the “Saturation” to -35.

9 - Now, create a “New Color Lookup Adjustment Layer” on top of everything and choose “Kodak 5205 Fuji 3510” in the “3DLUT File” Tab.

10 - Open the image you want to use as the “Ghost”.

11 - To create a selection of the subject, use the “Quick selection Tool” (W) (or any other selection tool). Once you ser done, click “Select and Mask” from the Top Menu. Refine the selection and choose “New Layer” from the “Output To” Tab.

12 - Right-Click on top of the newly created layer thumbnail and choose “Convert to Smart Object”.

13 - Drag the “Smart Object” layer thumbnail up and on to the other image’s Tab, then drag it to the canvas image and release.

14 - Use “Free Transform” (Command/Control + T) to Resize the subject if needed. Hit “Enter” to “Commit transform”.

15 - Go to Filter > Blur > Motion Blur. Use a 0° “Angle” and a 45 Pixels “Radius”. Change the “Blending Mode” to “Screen”.

16 - With the top layer selected (Ghost), click on the “Add Vector Mask” button at the bottom of the “Layers Panel”.

17 - Select the “Mask” Thumbnail and use the “Brush Tool” (B) with a size of about 220 px, 0% “Hardness” with 70% “Opacity” and 100% “Flow”. Make sure that Black is the “Foreground” color and erase some of the subject edges. You can use different brush settings to achieve the desired “see-through” look.

18 - Go to Filter > Filter Gallery. From the “Distort” Folder, choose “Diffuse Glow” and use the following values (0, 2, 10).

19 - Make a “Duplicate” (Command/Control + J) and change the “Blanding Mode” of the original “Ghost” layer to “Color Dodge”.

20 - Create a “New Color Lookup Adjustment Layer” on top of everything, clip it to the original “Ghost” layerand choose “TensionGreen.3DL” in the “3DLUT File” Tab.

21 - Check it out!

*Note: You may need to use different values in the “Adjustment Layers” and in the “Blending Modes” depending on the images you chose.

by @lornacane

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