Create a Hologram Effect in Photoshop

Have you ever been fascinated by the stunning holographic images that seem to come to life before your eyes? Whether it’s a futuristic sci-fi movie or a mesmerizing stage performance, holograms have a way of captivating our imagination. And now, you can bring this captivating effect to your own photos and designs! In this blog, we will explore how to create a hologram effect in Photoshop, giving your images an otherworldly and dynamic appearance. With a few simple steps and creative techniques, you’ll be able to transform any image into a mesmerizing holographic masterpiece. So grab your digital wand, and let’s dive into the exciting world of hologram creation!

Create a Hologram Effect in Photoshop


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Step 1: Choose the Right Image

To start, choose an image that is relatively easy to cut out and would look like a hologram. Look for subjects with pointed toes and fingers that already resemble a hologram figure.

Step 2: Duplicate and Convert to a Smart Object

Duplicate the background layer by pressing CTRL or COMMAND + J. Then, right-click on the duplicate layer and select “Convert to Smart Object.” This will allow us to apply filters later on.

Step 3: Select and Cut Out the Subject

Go to the “Select” menu and choose “Subject.” This will help cut out the subject from the background easily. Click on the “Layer Mask” icon to create a layer mask and remove the background. The subject should now be cut out.

Step 4: Darken the Background

Make the background appear darker by adding a Levels adjustment layer. Click on the “Adjustment Layer” icon and choose “Levels.” Adjust the levels to make the background darker. This will create the illusion of the hologram lighting up the room.

Step 5: Apply the Hologram Effect

Change the blend mode of the subject layer from “Normal” to “Screen.” This will make the subject appear like a hologram emitting light. Add a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer and clip it to the subject layer. Click on the “Colorize” icon and adjust the saturation to create a hologram-looking color.

Step 6: Enhance Lights and Darks

To make the hologram effect more realistic, add a Levels adjustment layer. This time, make sure it is clipped to the subject layer. Adjust the levels to enhance the lights and darks, giving the hologram a glowing effect.

Step 7: Add Noise and Blur

Zoom in on the subject and add some noise to make it appear more like a projection. Go to the “Noise” filter under the “Filter” menu and choose “Add Noise.” Adjust the amount of noise to your desired level. Next, apply a slight Gaussian blur to soften the focus. Go to the “Blur” filter and choose “Gaussian Blur.”

Step 8: Refine the Layer Mask

If there are any glowing edges around the subject, you can refine the layer mask to fix it. Click on the layer mask and go to “Select” > “Select and Mask.” In the “Global Refinements” section, adjust the edge to reduce any unwanted glow. Ensure that the output settings are set to the layer mask.

Step 9: Add Projection Lines

To create the illusion of a projected hologram, use a texture of horizontal lines. You can download this texture from Phlearn for free. Open the texture PSD file, hold SHIFT, click and drag from one image to another to bring the lines into your project. Move the lines to the top and group them with the subject layer.

Step 10: Adjust Texture Size

To customize the size of the lines, hold CTRL or COMMAND and hit T to enter transform mode. Change the height of the texture to make the lines bigger or smaller, depending on your preference. The texture will help create the hologram effect on a layer mask.

That’s it! Follow these steps to create an amazing hologram effect in Photoshop. Have fun experimenting and be sure to visit for more tutorials and free resources.

Hologram Effect FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions – Creating a Hologram Effect in Photoshop

1. What is a hologram effect?

A hologram effect is an illusion that creates the appearance of a three-dimensional holographic projection. It adds a futuristic and eye-catching visual effect to images and designs.

2. How can I create a hologram effect in Photoshop?

To create a hologram effect in Photoshop, follow these steps:

  1. Open your desired image in Photoshop.
  2. Convert the image to black and white by going to Image > Adjustments > Desaturate.
  3. Apply a gradient map by going to Image > Adjustments > Gradient Map, and select a gradient that goes from cyan to magenta.
  4. Create a new layer and set the blending mode to Color Dodge.
  5. Use a soft brush with white color to paint over the areas you want to highlight or make more vibrant.
  6. Add additional elements like scan lines or pixelated noise to enhance the hologram effect.
  7. You can also experiment with various layer blending modes and opacity levels for different results.

3. Can I apply the hologram effect to text or shapes?

Yes, you can apply the hologram effect to text or shapes in Photoshop. Just create a new layer, add your text or shape, and follow the same steps mentioned earlier to apply the hologram effect.

4. Are there any Photoshop plugins or filters available for creating hologram effects?

Yes, there are several plugins and filters available that can help you create hologram effects in Photoshop. Some popular ones include HoloPlay, Hologram Effect PRO, and Hologram Generator. These tools provide additional features and customization options for achieving stunning hologram effects.

5. Can I use the hologram effect in commercial projects?

Yes, you can use the hologram effect in commercial projects as long as you have the necessary legal rights or licenses for the original image or content. It’s always recommended to check the specific copyright restrictions and terms of use for the resources you’re working with.

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