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How to Photograph a T-Shirt with a Ghost Mannequin

How to Photograph a T-Shirt with a Ghost Mannequin

Join us to learn how to photograph a t-shirt with a ghost mannequin effect for authentic, true-to-life images that maintain focus strongly on the product.

Ghost Mannequin Fashion Photography: Photographing T-Shirts

In this post, we’ll help you learn how to photograph a t-shirt on a ghost mannequin. T-shirts are often a staple product in any fashion retail. However, getting the best photographs of t-shirts requires some special techniques with lighting setups, cameras, and post production.

With flat lay product photography, shirts tend to lose their appeal. Results come out looking a little flat and often out of proportion. The ghost mannequin effect, on the other hand, provides a way to remove the model or mannequin in post production. 

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This creates a “hollow man effect”, as if an invisible person were wearing the photographed clothing. To achieve this, we take multiple photos of a tee on a mannequin or model, and then combine the images to remove the model or mannequin in post processing.  

In this way, the results are lifelike product photos of t-shirts that keep the focus firmly on the product. T-shirts look more 3-dimensional, rounded and overall more presentable for online fashion retail. 

Continue reading to learn how to photograph a t-shirt with a ghost mannequin effect and discover PhotoRobot solutions.

How to achieve a ghost mannequin effect with t-shirts

Ready to get started? Let’s look at what goes into creating the ghost mannequin effect for fashion product photography. 

Unlike other software image editing techniques, using a ghost mannequin makes the photographed t-shirt appear to be worn by an invisible person. We accomplish this by removing the arm and chest pieces so that the mannequin is not visible in the final image.

Using a ghost mannequin can amount to dramatic savings in content production costs. With PhotoRobot’s_Cube and our mannequins designed for quick-exchange, the savings in effort and costs are even more remarkable.

What other photography equipment and software do we need? Let’s run through the list now.

Equipment and software for the ghost mannequin effect

The traditional PhotoRobot setup for the ghost mannequin effect on t-shirts revolves around the CUBE. This is thanks to its system for quick mannequin exchange, coupled with PhotoRobot automation software for streamlining post processing.

Use PhotoRobot’s Chromakey to automatically remove mannequin poles from final images, combine photos, and achieve the perfect ghost mannequin effect every time.

Additional photo studio equipment

As for other fashion photography equipment, you’ll need the following.

  • Camera — PhotoRobot systems support both Canon and Nikon, with high-end models recommended for professional product photography.
  • Lighting Setup — Our systems work with both strobe lighting or LED panel lights, using these to create the ideal lighting from all angles.
  • A ghost mannequin — In this case, we use our quick-exchange mannequins, allowing us to prepare a separate torso off to the side while simultaneously taking photos of t-shirts ready for photographing.
  • Styling accessories — Use a combination of clips and pins to ensure the tee has a more fitted appearance.
  • T Shirt — No matter how intricate the design of the tee, even on complicated edges like lace, with PhotoRobot the “invisible person” effect is created flawlessly.

Photographing the t-shirt

Now, let’s run through the process of how to photograph a t-shirt with a ghost mannequin. The entire process for applying the ghost mannequin effect to apparel takes no longer than a matter of minutes.