This article will walk you through the process of setting up your Style Guides for assets that require a Ghost Mannequin process.
What is a Ghost Mannequin
Ghost Mannequin is the process of taking multiple images of a product on a mannequin and compositing them into one image in order to eliminate the distracting aspects of traditional plastic mannequins for a sleek and modern look and feel. Ghost Mannequins give the illusion that a product is floating and allows the consumer to see through the product. Ghost Mannequins are also referred to as 3-D Mannequin, hollow man or invisible mannequin.
How to Set up for Ghost Mannequin in Gamma
The first step for setting up your workflow for Ghost Mannequin is making a few adjustments to the Style Guide. From the Style Guide, you’ll first head to the Photography Tab
From here, you’ll then navigate to the Mannequin Production Type and Create a new Position for the Ghost Mannequin. Next, select the switch icon next to the Position Name:
This will open up the position level settings. Under the General Tab select the Ghost Mannequin option from the Dropdown and select ‘Update’
You’ll notice the position now has a Ghost Mannequin label. Additionally, you may see a warning if your Shot Count is set to less than 2. As mentioned above, the Ghost Mannequin process requires 2 or more images as Ghost Mannequins are composite images or images that are created using elements from more than one image.
If an External Post vendor is creating the Ghost Mannequin, you have the option of setting the folder structure that will determine how the assets are delivered to the External Post Vendor for both Ghost Mannequin images as well as for cases where no In-clip is required (we’ll touch on that in the next section).
Transferring Images for Ghost Mannequin in Kelvin
Transferring images in Kelvin for a Ghost Mannequin position is quick and easy. To start, simply scan your product as you would for a non-mannequin position. You’ll notice that the position in Kelvin is labeled as Ghost Mannequin:
As mentioned previously, Ghost Mannequin positions require a minimum of 2 images. Drag and drop your images into the position on the right side of the screen.
Once you have selected your images and the position shows a green check mark, the Save button will change to say ‘Transfer’ and you can move forward with the transfer process.
Once you select Transfer, the system will prompt you to select which image you would like the retoucher to use as the Main image
Once you have selected the Main image select ‘Continue’ and the Transfer will begin.
Occasionally, you may have some products that require Ghost Mannequin and others that only require standard mannequin imagery. In this case, once you have selected and dragged one image to the mannequin position, you will see the option to select “No In-clip”. Selecting No In-clip allows you to override the 2 image minimum and only transfer one image.
How Ghost Mannequin Images Appear at Internal Post
If your Internal Post Team is creating the Ghost Mannequin, the main image will open and the in-clip image(s) will appear under the Ghost Mannequin section in the Hue panel. The image(s) can be opened in a separate tab and used to create the composite image.
How Ghost Mannequin Images Appear at External Post
Images for Ghost Mannequins are delivered to the Vendor in a similar manner as non-Ghost Mannequin images. The vendor will see the main image, along with the in-clip (images). In-clip will have “In-clip” in the filename to differentiate them from the main image.
The vendor will not be required to return in-clip images when uploading completed files to be returned to Creative Force. The system will only expect the return of the main image.