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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Crop the photo down so that you have a minimum of background showing behind the garment.
With the front of the garment displayed on the screen, duplicate a image layer within the panel or click Ctrl+J.
Select the Photoshop Pen tool to edit out the mannequin and remove the background from the garment image.
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.
When you reach the top of the collar, keep using the Pen tool along the line of the entire garment.
Repeat the process with the legs of the mannequin to complete the path and join it when you will get the “O” symbol.
Hold the control/command key and click on the path palette to select the paths, Inverse the selection and Delete.
Next you’ll bring in the inside back of the clothing image and crop the label/collar area.
Click Ctrl+A, Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V to move the inside back of the collar area into your image.
Move it underneath the first layer of the front of the garment so it shows through.
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.
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.
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.
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.