About

Cost
$ $ $ $ $
Difficulty
• • • • •
Time
1h00

Look like you're floating!

Posted by zoja from U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado, United States • Published See zoja's 2 projects »
Tags

PrintEmbed
  • How to make a photo manipulation. Levitation Photos - Step 1
    Step 1

    Find a good location to take the photo and set the camera up on a tripod with a self-timer. take a photo of yourself standing, sitting, or laying down on something that doesn't get in the way between you and the camera. I used recycling bins since they were right there.

  • How to make a photo manipulation. Levitation Photos - Step 2
    Step 2

    After the first photo is taken, get off whatever you are on and move yourself and it completely out of the frame and get a clear shot of the background.

  • How to make a photo manipulation. Levitation Photos - Step 3
    Step 3

    Open GIMP. (A computer program that can do similar stuff to photoshop, but it's free. Download it at http://www.gimp.org/downloads/ ).

    file>open: a photo of the background.

  • How to make a photo manipulation. Levitation Photos - Step 4
    Step 4

    --file> open as layers: the best photo of you. Make sure it is the top layer in the layers box on the right side.

    --layer> transparency> add alpha channel.

  • How to make a photo manipulation. Levitation Photos - Step 5
    Step 5

    Click on the layer with the picture of yourself in the layers window. Use the free select tool (third in from the top right in the toolbox) to select the general area around the thing you're sitting on, making sure not to include you and your clothes. Zooming in is a good idea.

    press ctrl+x to delete the object and show through to the background.

    ***Sometimes the lighting can be different in the two photos, especially if they were taken indoors, which makes the background look wonky when you cut something out. Usually I adjust the colors or brightness in the background layer until they match or I feather the selection 50-100px before getting rid of an object so that the wall photos blend in smoothly.

  • How to make a photo manipulation. Levitation Photos - Step 6
    Step 6

    Voila! A picture of you floating! Save it of course, and admire your work! Congratulations!

Made this project? Share your version »

Comments

zoja
zoja · U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado, US · 2 projects
Oh my gosh! 100 favorites! Thank you so much everyone!!!!
Reply
Alya
Alya · 6 projects
sooo cool!
Reply
zoja
zoja · U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado, US · 2 projects
@Olivia H, Yeah people were looking when I shot these pictures. It was pretty awkward. I'm interested to see how yours turn out Happy


And to everyone else, thank you so much for the likes, comments and featured-ness! ^_^
Reply
Olivia H.
Olivia H. · Indianapolis, Indiana, US · 32 projects
I just tried this. The results are pretty good. Some nearby neighbors started to stare when I was shooting these photos. LOL.
Reply
zoja
zoja · U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado, US · 2 projects
@The Mad Hattress : Yeah, I did this on a mac and I have the same program on my PC.
Reply
Ms. Nikell
Ms. Nikell · Charlotte, North Carolina, US · 52 projects
That's awesome!! Feature well deserved
Reply
Ms. Nikell
Ms. Nikell · Charlotte, North Carolina, US · 52 projects
That's awesome!!! Feature well deserved (^_^)
Reply
Rachel's Craft Channel
Rachel's Craft Channel · Morris, Minnesota, US · 276 projects
It would be funny to see a person walking by while someone is posing for these pictures.
Reply
The Mad Hattress
The Mad Hattress · 5 projects
Wow. That is amazing!!
Do you know if the program would work on a mac computer by any chance??
Reply
Shayla F.
Shayla F. · Terre Haute, Indiana, US · 28 projects
I love this. Layers are fun!
Reply
Load 2 more comments...