Pre-Press Tricks: Ghosting Back an Image

Most people think ghosting back an image is pretty simple; hit the transperancy and let it go, but you can get better results with just a few little tweeks.

These are Photoshop based instructions but they work most anywhere.

First, you’ll want to over sharpen the image using Unsharp Mask. I usually us a setting of 300/.5/0 to get it crisp. Then create a new layer on top of your original and fill with white. Adjust the transparency of the white layer to ghost back your image. So if you want it 10% of the original image set the white layer transparency to 90%.

Then create an adjustment layer on top of that with Hue/Saturation. Bump the Saturation up between +20 & +30. This help brings some of the color back into the ghosted image by reducing contaminating colors.

And that’s it. Stay tuned for more tips and tricks!

to Mr. David Baldacci

I understand the want to add drama and tension to a story but adding absolutely wrong details just drives me nuts.

Physics doesn’t allow for a projectile to gain energy the farther it goes. It looses energy, both in velocity and in spin. Now some fun things do happen with bullets when they leave the barrel and some of it is counter intuitive. When a heavy projectile leaves the barrel @ some 2500fps it’s got some 2000 foot pounds of energy. That’s a ton of force or quite literally enough energy potentially to move a ton 1 foot. You’ll notice I say potentially as transferring that energy to the target is tricky business. At muzzle velocity a bullet is more likely to punch a clean hole through a target than do much damage. Even with the shock wave moving through a body it does little damage. Even a 5.56mm will punch a hole without transferring much of it’s energy to the target which is why they developed such projectiles as hollow points and wadcutters. Anyways, what makes this happen is the spin of the bullet and it’s cross sectional density/hardness. The spin imparts a longitudinal stability making it easier for the bullet to travel long distances accurately but conversely also makes it easier to punch through objects. Faster the spin, the less energy gets transferred to the target.

Still with me?

So with the spin helping keep the projectile ballistically stable it will also do it’s best to keep the projectile stable when passing through a target, hence less energy transfer.

Which is what it all really comes down to, energy transfer. Yes, once again, guns don’t kill people, physics does.