Jan 28/20 Levitating Orange

In this session we will go through the process of making an orange levitate. I will bring an example of a finished and framed image taken by Paul Fesko. This image was recently printed for the December 2019 CALL Cafe. In the second hour you will get an opportunity to practice you skills on the levitation process and try editing at home.

Finished Image


  • Welcome – House Rules and Parking Issues.
  • Introductions.
  • Review of Photo Submissions.
  • Course description and expectations.
  • Photo Editing Software discussion.
  • Break and 1 hour parking shuffle.
  • Practical session – Levitating Orange.

Here is the example of Editing the Simple Levitation Experiment:

For a link to the original RAW (CR2) and full resolution JPG files click Here
Note: The Canon CR2 file is about 66 MB and the JPG file is 13 MB.


This final “complex” levitation experiment was assembled from 2 images blending three areas together.
If you look closely at the blinds you can see my errors.

For a link to the original “complex” RAW (CR2) and full resolution JPG files click Here

Here are some of the screen captures during the cleanup process.

Open first image in Photoshop Elements “Expert” mode, Then use the “Place” option to place the second image over top of the first image
Select the second image and click the “Place” button
Click the green checkmark to actually place it
Change the opacity of the new image to about 50%
Zoom in on the orange and move the top layer to mach the bottom layer
Place a layer mask over the top image and paint the right arm away
Leave the left arm and the ghost images on the left side
By changing the opacity of the top layer to 100% the left arm disappears. Now you can save the image and fix the left side of the plate with the clone tool.

10 Responses to Jan 28/20 Levitating Orange

  1. della says:

    my very clumsy attempt at the second method

  2. della says:

    posting with correct image size

  3. Karen McDaniel says:

    This is the first orange. I just erased the two strings and cropped the whole image, then resized the picture.

  4. Ray Crockett says:

    Here is my attempt at the suspended Orange (easy-cloning) exercise. I did my editing using Adobe Lightroom and it was my first time using cloning. so I also tried using the healing tool and learned about blowout. Cloning was definitely the right tool for this project.

  5. della says:

    suspended orange second method with different background color

    • Henri says:

      I love the colour and the levitating plate. How did you do this Della

      • della says:

        I added an adjustment layer and chose hue and saturation and picked solid colour. I put the opacity of the colour at about 50-60 % . I then put a layer mask on this green layer. I used the black paint brush to reveal the orange and the plate. I used clone stamp to clean up the edges.

  6. Henri says:

    Levitating plate and orange over forest scene. I need to perfect my cloning technique on the top right area of the plate. Also the lighting could be improved by a fill-in light at 10 o-clock to simulate the direction of the sunlight.

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