Learn how to create the levitation effect in Photoshop

Now try it yourself


1. Download the practice images. Open "Photo 1, empty scene.jpg" in Photoshop and rename the layer's default name "Background" to "Photo 1, empty scene".

2. Now drag and drop the second practice image "Photo 2, scene with model.jpg" on the Photoshop canvas, then right-click the new layer and choose Rasterize Layer.


Tip: Make sure you are using a tripod, when creating your own photos. For this effect, you’ll need two photos: One of an empty scene and one of the same scene with a person posed on a stool or a chair. Use Manual camera mode so that settings like exposure and white balance stay consistent between both photos.

3. With the layer "Photo 2, scene with model" selected, click Add vector mask at the bottom of the Layers panel. The outline around the white mask thumbnail indicates, that the mask – not the image – is now selected for editing.

4. From the toolbar on the left select the Brush Tool.

5. Make sure that the brush size is set to 100 px and hardness is set to 0%.

6. At the bottom of the toolbar click on the double arrow to set the foreground color to black.


Tip: When a layer mask is selected for editing you can chose between black and white color only. Black color will draw transparency on the selected layer, so that the layer beneath can shine through. 

7. Paint over the legs of the stool to reveal the empty scene layer below. Adjust the brush size and hardness as needed.

8. In case you have "erased" part of the skirt by accident you can make it visible again by simply changing the brush foreground color to white and drawing along the skirt. This will remove transparency of the top layer again.

9. Use the Zoom tool (magnifying glass) from the toolbar to zoom in for more accuracy on the edges.

That's it! Now it's your turn create a levitation effect in Photoshop. Download the assets or use your own and share your image on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #MadewithPhotoshop to get feedback and connect with other creative minds.


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