ghost a photo

In this tutorial, we will learn how to ghost a picture. Ghosting a picture means that you will be giving someone in the picture a ghostly look.

ghost a photo

You will need:

Step 1

Start with opening the picture.

 ghost a photo girl

We will convert this picture into a Smart Object by pressing the small menu icon in the Layers panel and selecting ‘Convert to Smart Object’ option.

 ghost a photo menu icon

 ghost a photo convert smart object

Step 2

Now, go to Filter > Blur > Motion Blur and use the settings shown below.

 ghost a photo motion blur

 ghost a photo motion blur result

Step 3

Now, select the Smart Filter’s mask by clicking on its thumbnail.

 ghost a photo select mask

Select the Brush Tool, press D and then press X to set black as the foreground color. Also, lower the brush’s opacity to 25%.

 ghost a photo brush opacity

Right-click on the image to open the Brush Preset picker and select a soft-edge, round brush.

 ghost a photo brush preset picker

Now, paint over the areas of the picture you to make visible through the motion blur effect like the girl’s mouth, nose, eyes and some of her hair.

 ghost a photo mask paint

 ghost a photo mask paint result

Step 4

Once again, click on the small menu icon in the Layers palette and select ‘Convert to Smart Object’.

 ghost a photo convert smart object again

Now, go to Filter > Filter Gallery, choose Diffuse Glow from the Distort folder and use the settings shown below.

 ghost a photo diffuse glow

 ghost a photo diffuse glow settings

 ghost a photo diffuse glow result

Now, double-click on the Blending Options icon and lower the opacity to 90%.

ghost a photo blending options icon

 ghost a photo blending options

 ghost a photo blending options result

Step 5

Now, add a Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer by going to the Adjustments panel and clicking on the Hue/Saturation icon.

 ghost a photo adjustment panel

Go to Photoshop’s Properties panel and make the following changes to the Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer.

 ghost a photo hue saturationghost a photo hue saturation result

Change the Hue/Saturation adjustment layer’s blending mode to Color and lower its opacity to 60%.

ghost a photo hue saturation opacity

And we’re done!

 ghost a photo