How to Create a Ghostbusters Ghost Effect in Photoshop and Lightroom

Well, all the ghosts I photographed are now busted.  You can see their finished pictures here, here, here, and here.  So all that is left is to show you how I did it.  This will be an intermediate-level tutorial.  Anything I don’t spell out specifically – like how to cut someone out from a background – can easily be found in written or video form online.  However, if you are still struggling with something after you do a search, don’t hesitate to ask questions in the comment section below.

A special thanks to Film Riot for giving me the idea to do this when I watched this video.

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PhotoTraces and Their Free Lightroom Presets

I’ve been a fan of Viktor Elizarov and his photography site PhotoTraces for a while now.  He is a solid photographer but even better for you and me, he is a great photo processor and concise instructor.  I cannot think of a more reliably helpful landscape photography website than his.  He is so generous with his information from the planning of a shot to the camera settings to the digital processing and he manages to convey the information in compact language with many visual aids (that are interactive more and more of the time).  You often get more from skimming one of his articles for 2 minutes than reading an article for 10 minutes on another site.  If you are a fan of landscape photography, you owe it to yourself to check out his site.

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