Join Bert Monroy for an in-depth discussion in this video Retouching the ghost, part of Bert Monroy: Dreamscapes Volume 2.
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'Kay, now we have our ghost, there's this nice beard going on, we're going to have …to retouch him. So, for one thing, when I shot this, I …simply set my little camera on self-timer, and I ran over and stood in …place and posed and took the shot. I couldn't really see what was going on, …so there are things that need to be retouched. …So let's go in there and do that now. So for one thing, I don't need all this …background, so let's just, right off the bat, let's get rid of the background, …it's going to make it easier to go in there and create our mask to separate our …ghosts. We're going to go in there and crop this.…
So here we have the basic ghost. All right, I'm going to deselect that, …and let's get a little close so we can see what's going to happen next. …Well for one thing, the beard, the beard is kind of just laying there, so let's go …into the beard layer and give it a little Layer style. …And I'm going to go in, give it a drop shadow. …Bring that distance over just a tiny bit. And there, now we see we have a little …
Check out the original Bert Monroy: Dreamscapes Volume 1 for more inventive illustrative techniques.
- Isolating and retouching composite images
- Colorizing backgrounds
- Adding shadows
- Creating effects like smoke and sparkle
- Positioning elements