In this Photoshop tutorial we’ll show you how to use the Ghost Mannequin image manipulation technique for removing a person or mannequin wearing a piece of clothing so the image can be repurposed in other ways, including for product pages on your ecommerce site or for promotional purposes.

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Step 1:

Crop the photo down so that you have a minimum of background showing behind the garment.

Crop tool

Crop the image

Step 2:

With the front of the garment displayed on the screen, duplicate a image layer within the panel or click Ctrl+J.

Image cropped

Create duplicate layer

Step 3:

Select the Photoshop Pen tool to edit out the mannequin and remove the background from the garment image.

Photoshop pen tool

Start at the top of the collar right next to the mannequin’s neck at the top of the collar and begin working your way down along line of the neck. It doesn’t have to be absolutely perfect, just be sure to take small steps as you continue to work your way along the inside of the collar.

Path starts

When you reach the top of the collar, keep using the Pen tool along the line of the entire garment.

path continue

Repeat the process with the legs of the mannequin to complete the path and join it when you will get the “O” symbol.

Path complete

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Step 4:

Hold the control/command key and click on the path palette to select the paths, Inverse the selection and Delete.

Path palate

path selected

Inverse the selection and delete

Step 5:

Next you’ll bring in the inside back of the clothing image and crop the label/collar area.

Backside of neck

Click Ctrl+A, Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V to move the inside back of the collar area into your image.

Placed back side in to the from garment

Move it underneath the first layer of the front of the garment so it shows through.

moved background underneath front garment

Step 6:

Now you’ll finesse the merging of the two images to make it look seamless and natural. Select the Pen tool again.

Start at the top of the collar and cut across the area you just inserted to remove excess material.

Cut the inside using the pen tool

Click the Eraser tool to smooth out the rough edges and remove all the nicks and bumps on the collar. Blend in the areas so there is no seam between the collar and the inserted piece. You may leave a little shadow if you like for a natural look. Touch up any other areas to give it a more polished look.

Eraser tool

Smooth out the garment

You can also use a Brush tool set a 25 size to add a little black/dark to the inside bottom of the collar near the top of the label to add a bit of shading for a more realistic look.

Final image

You’re all done! If you want to continue your Photoshop learning, we suggest checking out the “How To Create A Realistic Drop Shadow” tutorial.

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Rokaiya Yeasmin Munni

As manager and head of digital marketing at Clipping Path India, Rokaiya wants to help retailers and photographers use marketing strategies and tactics that will elevate their business. She has an 18-year background in graphic design, content management and digital marketing.

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