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!
I
 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!

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10 comments:

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!
~Brandy
pamperedpettit.blogspot.com

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