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Ghost Mannequin Effect

For various catalogs and e-commerce sites, mannequins are used instead of human figure to create 3D effect of various garment items, like: shirts, trousers, jacket, cardigan, swim suits, lingerie, etc. and often jewelries. But, in the final output, you need to remove the background along with the mannequin and give it a hollow or ghostly look. That’s why it’s called Ghost Mannequin Effect, which is also known by Invisible Mannequin Effect. You can create the same effect by using Transparent Mannequins or Removable Ghost Mannequins. But, after shooting the photo, you may need photo editing services anyway. That’s why to reduce time and money, many photographers avoid expensive  Transparent Mannequins or Removable Ghost Mannequins. Because, photo editing is more cost effective.

To get a 3D effect, shoot the normal mannequins wearing garment items from various angles. At the same time, shoot the neck, bottom, inner parts, and sleeves separately and send it to us. We’ll remove the mannequin and studio background from the photo and replace the other parts in Photoshop to create hollow-human or ghost effect. Even if you don’t have shots for other inner parts, we can manage to provide you final output. In addition to our Mannequin Removal Service, we’ll also remove bad wrinkle, dust, spots, and dump. Also to optimize the product for final output we’ll apply cropping, resizing, straightening, shadow removing, and reshaping.


Categories Ghost Mannequin Effect in Photoshop

3D/360° Packshot Ghost Mannequin Effects:

3D Ghost Mannequin Effects
If you want to use 3D/360° image or Rich Media for ecommerce sites or animation video on Packshot Photography, send us your photographs in various angles, and also join the missing parts (top, neck, bottom, sleeves). However, we also can  Packshot Retouch without the back parts.

Neck Joint on Ghost Mannequin:

Neck Joint
Removing mannequin from a dress creates empty area at the neck. We join the back on the neck and the front parts’ photos to make a full shape and give real ghost mannequin effect. Product example: Shirts, trousers, jacket, lingerie, etc.

Bottom Joint on Ghost Mannequin:

Bottom Joint
The Photoshop effect is applied to the long tail garment items. Some items may have the back part longer than the front part viz Composer Tuxedo. Removing mannequin from such a product, the designers have to join the bottom part in Photoshop.

Sleeves Joint on Ghost Mannequin:

Sleeves Joint
This service is needed to remove the mannequin from the hollow part of the sleeves and give a ghost effect. The long sleeve shirts, T-shirts, jackets, etc. need hollow effect to make a 3D shape. Later the experts remove this mannequin and fill up the empty place joining sleeves.

How do we do this?

Besides, a transparent mannequin is used by combining the front and inner part of products which make them usable. Later, clipping path is applied to the front and inner part by joining them and then background is removed. In this case, the inner part becomes foggy/ fuzzy and out of focus. So, Photoshop retouching, color correction, brightness, contrast, sharpening etc. are applied to create a real view.

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For giving 2D or 3D shape to the various garment products, the photographers use a mannequin. But, with the mannequin, the photos cannot be used directly in the online ecommerce product stores. So, the designers remove the mannequin from these garment items by applying many photoshop techniques. However, in this way removing mannequin is called ghost or invisible mannequin effect.

Removing the mannequin creates an empty place in the neck area. Earlier the neck part was behind the mannequin. So then, neck joint service becomes urgent. To do neck joint, the designers need two parts viz: front part and back part of a garment item. Sometimes, they need sleeve part also. They take these two parts in photoshop and join them by some techniques. They do clipping path, add shadows, refine edge, apply liquefy, etc. They also apply color correction, retouching, etc. to make the product image more beautiful.

Neck joint or ghost mannequin service is primarily essential for making a product image attractive. Besides, there are many reasons for taking this service, such as:

  • To remove mannequin,
  • For creating 2D/3D shape,
  • For removing bad wrinkle, dust, spot, dump, etc.,
  • For cropping, resizing, straightens, etc.,
  • To beautify and to make more attractive product photos.

This service is very important and useful for the online product showcase. There are many sectors worldwide who take this service. For example:

  • E-commerce sites
  • Magazines
  • Printing
  • Annual Reports
  • Ad Agencies
  • Other different websites use this service.
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