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Monday, October 15, 2012

Ghosts in the Graveyard!

 This has been my favorite Halloween project this year!  

And I love Halloween!
Ghosts in the Graveyard--a Halloween Photo Shoot!

  The first thing we did was take 376 pictures.

Well, lets back up.  I told my kids what I wanted to do.  
Surprisingly, they were all on board!  Even the 4 year old!  Yay!

So we dressed them up.  I picked church clothes that looked the most old-timey. 
 And the boys wore some bow ties that I hot glued together.  
 The boys had vests...the girl had an old school dress and dark gray tights.  
Pretty plain.

Then we found some accessories.  
Old keys, a vintage pocketwatch and a lacy parasol.  

Then we trekked around our neighborhood...with me in a hoodie and yoga pants...
looking for great picturesque places...and the little cemetery a mile 
across the road from us.  (yes, we walked...we are a 1 car household)

Then I would take pictures with my kids in them...
then they would come stand by me and I would take a few of just the background.
The best part about this photoshoot is that I didn't need all
 my kids to smile at the same time!  :)  
I just told them to look kind of sad...and we got some great shots!

Now, I am a photoshop girl.  I've used it since high school...
I think that's when the cavemen first invented photoshop for pc's.  Anyways.

I decided to try out pixlr...and I love it!
It's free...so super bonus there!  
And it navigates basically the same as photoshop, 
so it didn't take me long to figure things out.
So, if you've always wanted a great photo editing program--try this!

I loaded in 2 pictures.  One with my children in it...and one of the plain background!

The edits here are super simple!  But that's perfect, anyone can do it!
Here's what I did. 

Open up both pictures in pixlr.

Then copy the picture with the people and paste it right over the top of the plain background picture.

You have 2 layers now.  Then on the top layer (the one with the people) 
select that tiny carrot: Toggle Layer Settings

It will bring up the OPACITY bar.  This is the fun part.  
Just use the slider to make the people appear ghost-like!
Every picture is different.  Some I took the opacity to 60% some only 73%...

Then you want to look at the layers and make sure they line up as good as they can.
Not always super perfect, but it gives it a vintage double exposed kind of feel!  

Then I Desaturated the images...
You can also do sepia tones or old photo effects.

And again.  2 photos.
Paste.  Opacity.

desaturate.  sepia...photo effects...

We altered tons of pictures!  We had them printed in 1 hour at Walmart, 
made cards for family and friends and wall decor for the entry way!

It helps if you have some ornate vintage frames...kind of spooky!
 realize this would be very disturbing if any of my children ever die...
but for now, it's a great Halloween addition!

Thanks for viewing!

Linking up to THESE parties this week!



Hykel said...

Wow! That is awesome...and super creepy.

Jen said...

Nat, that is just plain creepy! I love it!

Shabby chic Sandy said...

This is just amazing! I am so impressed I went and voted for you:)

Xayide2 said...

Got our Halloween card today with the kids pictures on it. Gerald liked it. :)

AguasGirl said...

Love it nat... super awesome idea and I love our card! Was it Hailee that wrote it?

Jocelyn said...

Wow, cool! This is super creative and a great idea for Halloween.

Melanie said...

I love this idea!!! I'm definitely trying this next year.

Melanie said...

I love this idea!!! I'm definitely trying this next year.

Theresa Stechschulte said...

My daughters have their "Haunted Homecoming" this weekend and we live near 2 cemetaries! So glad I found this! Thanks for sharing.

Brandy Pettit said...

This is the greatest idea ever! I'm going to see if I can get my husband to do this with me, we have some great graveyards around Walla Walla, WA. Thanks for the inspiration!

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