The Beginners Guide To Levitation 11 Videos (5:16h)
  • 01 - Levitation Photography Tutorial: How to Pose, Light, and Shoot a Levitation Portrait
  • 02 - Falling Method: Planning the Composite in Photoshop
  • 03 - Falling Method: How to Cut Out a Levitating Subject in Photoshop
  • 04 - Falling Method: How to Add Realistic Light Rays and Color to a Levitation Photo in Photoshop
  • 05 - Falling Method: How to Create Dust and Finish a Levitation Portrait in Photoshop
  • 06 - Jumping Method: Planning the Composite in Photoshop
  • 07 - Jumping Method: How to Edit a Levitation Image from Start to Finish, Part 1
  • 08 - Jumping Method: How to Edit a Levitation Image from Start to Finish, Part 2
  • 09 - Supported Method: Planning the Composite in Photoshop
  • 10 - Supported Method: How to Combine Photos of a Subject for a Convincing Levitation Effect in Photoshop
  • 11 - Supported Method: How to Color and Finish a Levitation Portrait in Photoshop
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The Beginners Guide to Levitation


Learn each step required to shoot and retouch 3 different styles of levitation. This is the most comprehensive levitation photography and Photoshop tutorial available anywhere.

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11 Sample Images   |   11 Video Tutorials   |   PS Brushes

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Create Light Rays from Scratch

Photoshop and Phlearn help you harness the power of the sun. Learn how the body effects light and how to make individual light rays for areas like hands and window panes.

Add Dust and Particles in the Air

With the included Phlearn Custom Photoshop Brush, you’ll be able to easily add natural dust and particles in the air to any image. Use this method to add glimmer and sparkle from light sources giving your photos that magical look.

Dodge and Burn

Learn how to dodge and burn to draw attention to your subject. Use what you learn to add style and interest to any image.

Liquify Tool Best Practices

Make your subject look their best without looking unnatural using the liquify tool properly. Use what you learn to dramatically alter the shape of the model’s clothing, hair and body bringing attention to the right places.

Own Your Pre-Production

We discuss how to choose the location, wardrobe, model, lighting and more. All of these decisions happen before the photo shoot. Getting them right will make your life easier and your final image stronger.

Set Your Camera

In order to create beautiful levitation photos you will need the right camera settings. Don’t just learn what settings to use, learn WHY to use them.

Become the Director

Learn different tips and tricks for posing your model to make them look amazing and create a truly convincing levitation effect.

Capture Every Frame

Creating levitation requires shooting multiple images for composite. Learn the details about each image you need to capture to create a stunning composite in Photoshop.

Plan Your Vision

Every Photoshop project should start by creating a plan of action. This is extra important for composites. See how to identify what to keep, what to get rid off, what to combine and what to enhance.

Make Advanced Selections with the Pen Tool

Sometimes the best way to create advanced selections is on your own using the Pen Tool. This Phlearn PRO Tutorial includes a Bonus Pen Tool Video with in-depth instructions.

Create the Ultimate Composite

When creating a multiple image composite, you may encounter areas of your photo that require some special attention. Learn how to complete a complicated task by breaking it into smaller tasks that are more familiar.

Tone Your Color

Learn how to color tone the image to create a more cohesive, artistic feel. We show you how to color small areas of the photo, like this rose, drawing attention and adding style.


  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Brilliant Tutorial Aron ! loved it now to try it on my own work Thanks !

  2. Rated 4 out of 5

    Great tutorials. Learning new Photoshop techniques thanks to you. However, keep wondering if the lightrays in Levitation 1 are not in the wrong direction; shadows on the floor from the window suggest the sun is coming from the other direction.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Wow, that’s a lot of jumping with mid air posing next level modeling. Hats of to you, well done 🙂

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Superb Phlearn!

  5. (verified owner)
    Rated 2 out of 5

    I bought the tutorial, but not full my expectations after having seen the others I’ve purchased and have been surprising. I am sorry.

  6. Rated 4 out of 5

    I simply love levitation…………….
    your work is beautiful………..

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Levitation at The Stanley Hotel

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    I’m always watching your tutorials on YouTube and really like what you doing and how you really made me lough and understood at the same time.
    This is simple photo done with very simple mobile camera just to test the idea you gave it to us… Hope it’s good

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Aaron makes learning photogtaphy and Photoshop something easy, aproachable and fun! Thank you PLEARN!

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    I have bought this tutorial, but the only thing I care about is how you make those floating videos of your subjects?

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    You are the best. I love to use these thecniques.


  12. (verified owner)
    Rated 5 out of 5

    First try… such fun!!

  13. (verified owner)
    Rated 5 out of 5

    This is great. Levitation 2 is the easiest for photoshop. Leviation 1 is the most fun, creating light rays. It’s wonderful for noob to photoshop, I didn’t get too lost. Sometimes I had to start over because I wasn’t getting it. The videos are great as I can rewind and see what I missed out.

  14. (verified owner)
    Rated 5 out of 5

    Great tutorial! Worth every penny! here is my first try after watching this video, please share your SINCERE toughts… thanks phlearn team! 98% of this image comes from what i have learned with the phlearn team!

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    Thanks so much…You guys are such great teachers

    this is my final images

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    Thank you, I enjoy your easy to understand helps a lot.

  17. (verified owner)
    Rated 5 out of 5

    Very good tutorial, thanks! This my final result.

  18. (verified owner)
    Rated 5 out of 5

    OK, after a few tryouts I come up with the final result. Really happy with it ! I call it “The lovers”

  19. (verified owner)
    Rated 3 out of 5

    This is my first project of levitation. The result is OK I think.

  20. (verified owner)
    Rated 5 out of 5

    I love this pro tutorial! Pretty easy to do as well. I wish that Aaron had gone through a few more details about the actual shoot because I ran into some problems on my shoot that would have been nice to know ahead of time. I am grateful for Phlearn and all of their help!

  21. (verified owner)
    Rated 5 out of 5

    this was so much phun it hurt……. ….. my PA272W-BK-SV; but who really cares in that color range..
    it might be my first Kudos but thank you Aaron and team for such awesomeness. edits to continue.. keep posting, and I will continue buying..

  22. Rated 5 out of 5

    Awesome stuff..Would recommend to Friends..

  23. Rated 5 out of 5

    Your lessons are always fun, it’s an honor to be phlearned by you guys… Thanks for taking your time to make tutorials that help we the beginners.
    You the best!!!

  24. (verified owner)
    Rated 5 out of 5


  25. Rated 4 out of 5

    Love it, Its something new and amazing LOVE it!

  26. Rated 5 out of 5

    Simply Amazing

  27. Rated 5 out of 5

    I haven’t even bought it yet, but I know it’s going to deserve those 5 stars if not more once I do actually watch it. I am mesmerized by the fantastical qualities all of your work has, especially these. Cheers!

  28. (verified owner)
    Rated 5 out of 5

    Excellent course. I have never tried levitation photography and this is a great course to introduce someone to that style of photography. I have attached my results from the first lesson. I did a few things different (like adding the image in the mirror). I can not wait to shoot my own and try out these techniques. Thanks!
    P.S. I, too, would like to see the After Effects composite technique explained some time in the future!

  29. Rated 5 out of 5

    As always your teaching and videos are the best i have ever seen! For the final images I prefer ‘portrait’ orientated image. The image with the rose gives me the feeling that there is something pushing into her back, rather than the whole body levitating. The other image gives me the feeling the woman is going to fall to the floor rather than levitate, perhaps because the hair especially seems to be being propelled upwards by gravity. It might have been interesting to take photos of her with and without clothes, unclothed while falling, to give her natural balance to her posture, and then clothed while suspended to allow clothes and hair to fall as though gravity is affecting her the way it would if she was gently levitating, then combining the imagery within Photoshop.

  30. Rated 5 out of 5

    Great tutorial, my results!

  31. Rated 5 out of 5

    Simply Amazing , love the color tone s !! congratulations to your team for the amazing result that you have achieved ! cheers

  32. Rated 5 out of 5


  33. (verified owner)
    Rated 4 out of 5

    Excellent tutorial for levitation still images.

    I would have given it 5 Stars if it included the After Effects workflow that you mentioned on CreativeLive, which really makes your composites come to life.

    Maybe a follow up tutorial detailing the After Effects segment would be nice in the future, I’m sure there are many others that were memorised by this effect.

  34. (verified owner)
    Rated 5 out of 5

    Thanks for tutorial. Regards from Poland. Also would like to see a tutorial on how you make the image move.

  35. Rated 5 out of 5

    I cant wait to buy this tutorial, phlearn has made a big impact in my work, dont know what i would do without you guys.

  36. Rated 5 out of 5

    i would like to see a tutorial on how you make the image move. was it done with adobe after effects?

  37. (verified owner)
    Rated 4 out of 5

    Great tutorial! I would highly recommend

  38. Rated 5 out of 5

    Interesting. How about the image motion in your trailers?

  39. Rated 4 out of 5

    Moment of levitation here 🙂

  40. Rated 4 out of 5

    This looks so cool. Can’t wait to check it out.

  41. Rated 5 out of 5

    Cool will like to see your creativity with levitation photos. I did some levitation but only as test shots never done anything creative with them

  42. Rated 4 out of 5

    Hi Aaron,

    I must say I love your work and i’m delighted to see you do a levitation tutorial. I just purchased and watched the first part of the tutorial and immediately I had a question for you.
    Where can I get a bean bag, or crash bag as you call it, that big? Could you post the link somewhere?


  43. Rated 5 out of 5

    Hello, awesome tutorial love it and gonna buy it! I have had some very hard time doing a “Vine” effect! It is like wrapping a wrist or body with a vine, can you please make a tutorial about it, even if it is a pro tutorial please make it!

  44. Rated 5 out of 5

    I am interested to buy this tutorial. but i dont have credit card or paypal account. so i will ask my friend to do that. so it is possible that someone else buy this and i will get this tutorial? . . also how i will get this? i mean dvd by shipping or any download link? also one more thing
    Thank You

  45. Rated 5 out of 5

    you are the best.i love to use these thecniques.


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