How To Make a Ghost Effect in Photoshop 7.0

Using photo editing software like Photoshop 7.0 presents you with lots of possibilities in re-creating images to depict just about anything, even ghosts! Editing a photo to make it eerie by attempting to create a ghost effect is easy. This article will give you the steps on how you can make a ghost effect using Photoshop 7.0.

  1. Prepare the ghost for your project. Find a photo of a person that you will use as the ghost for this project. If you are really going for a spookier effect, try using a photo of a woman with long black hair wearing a long white dress. Open the photo in Photoshop and then get rid of the background if there are any by using the Eraser Tool. Next, click the Magic Wand Tool and select the empty background that you have just erased earlier. Right click on the background and then choose 'Select Inverse'. Once your 'ghost' is highlighted, hit Ctrl and X on your keyboard to cut the image. Close the file and then open up a new blank file.
  2. Look for an image to serve as the background for your project. Find a creepy photo that you will use as background for your project. You can use a photo of an empty corridor, a library, a cemetery, or an old house. After finding the perfect background for your project, open it up in Photoshop.
  3. Convert the background image to grayscale. Black and white images radiate a spookier effect, so if you picked a colored background image, we will convert it to grayscale. Go to 'Image' and then select 'Grayscale' then click 'OK'.
  4. Paste your 'ghost' image on the background. Remember the image that we cropped out earlier in Step 1? We will paste it on the background image, so just hit Ctrl and V on your keyboard. Position the 'ghost' where you want it to be on the image. Make adjustments to its size by going on to 'Edit', then select 'Transform' and then 'Scale'.
  5. Add effects to the 'ghost' image to make it appear more ghostly. The ghost image is your Layer 1. To add a glow, select 'Layers' from the menu and then choose 'Layer Style'. You can choose either 'Outer Glow' or 'Inner Glow', or both. Make the adjustments on the values and hit 'OK'. You can also make the ghost image blurred by going to 'Filter' from the menu, select 'Blur' and make the adjustments on the values then hit 'OK'.

Try playing around with different effects to the ghost image. Make the changes until you are fully satisfied with the result.


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