Learning to fly... using Photoshop

Recently I posted this picture on Facebook and it got a whole lot of interest, including some of you asking how I did it... so I will teach you how I learned to fly... using photoshop.


The first (and for me hardest) part of the levitation image was posing. As you can see, I was balancing on a stool. My back was unhappy with trying to do it, but with a little bit of patience and a lot of back arching I was able to get a photo that would work for my experiment.

Ok, I suppose I also should add that to get the picture, I used an intervalometer. What is an intervalometer? It allows my camera to take multiple pictures to do things like timelapse. In my case, I used a program hack, called Magic Lantern. I love it, but it is a "use at your own risk" program that you can load onto your camera...

Anyway, once I got the shot with me in it I wanted to use, I moved myself and the stool out of the shot.

I took these two images into Photoshop. I used the one with me in it as a layer on top of the other. Then, using layer masked, I erased the stool, 

From there it was just color grading the image to my liking... and VOILA, I'm flying!!


I'm actually hoping to use this technique at some point to be able to make an art image that I've been wanting to do for a while. I'm still trying to work out the details of it, but the general concept is a Peter Pan, Tinkerbell, and grown up Wendy... It's coming together little by little... but I suppose it's something to feed my Neverland obsession. (I'm actually VERY slowly working on a story about Neverland.)


Anyway, have fun trying this techneque. I'd love to see what YOU come up with... 

OR if you'd like a floatinh/flying/levitating image without any of the photography/photoshop work of it, I'd love to get to help you with it!