See Through Clothes

July 30, 2010


See Through Clothes

by jolt’s “invisible people”

To do this you’ll first need an image of someone with clothes and a background scene for them.

Using your favoured technique remove (cut out) the person from their background and paste them onto a layer above the background scene.

I used a layer mask over a blank layer on the girl and painted the background out. I flipped the girl horizontally because the angle of the beach in the background scene meant the composition was better that way round.

Using your favoured technique separate the clothing that you wish to make see-through onto a new layer.

I duplicated the girl layer and painted all but the swimsuit out of the layer mask, selected the transparency of this mask inverted the selection and used that selection to paint out the swimsuit on the original girl layer.
Using ‘Hue and Saturation’ adjustment remove the colour from your clothes (Command-Shift + U will do it automatically).

Using ‘Levels’ adjustment bring the contrast of the clothing up and average the midtones. (Move the black and white sliders on the histogram inward slightly and centralise the grey slider between them.) You can do this with ‘Brightness/Contrast’ adjustment but I don’t like it.

Step 4: Highlights/Shadows

Run – Filters > Artistic > Plastic Wrap… Make the settings – Highlight Strength 20, Detail 15, Smoothness 10

Set the Layer Blend Mode of the Clothing Layer to ‘Screen’ and set the Layer Transparency to 80%.

Make a selection of the Clothing (Command + click the Clothing Layer) and copy that part of the Background Scene onto a layer above the Background. (Command + J).

Using ‘Hue & Saturation’ adjustment lower the saturation of your Clothes/background layer to -50.

Using ‘Levels’ adjustment raise the contrast of your Clothes/background layer and average the midtones. (Move the black and white sliders on the histogram inward slightly and centralise the grey slider between them.)

Lock the Layer transparency and run – Filters > Blur > Guassian Blur… set to ‘1 Pixel’ (This depends on the size of your image.

PLAY with the Levels, the blend mode and layer transparency on your Clothing layer and clothing background layer. Fiddle, duplicate, blend, whatever just play around until you are happy with the result.

This technique was originally developed trying to recreate Ice sculptures and is very versatile. Different distort filters can be used on the ‘clothing background’ layer and different settings on the Plastic Wrap… Filter to give better effects depending on the individual picture.

Now get some photos and try it out! get now

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