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I am applying for a clothing store at Amazon and they are telling me pictures cannot be on a mannequin or a ghost mannequin, rather they should be on a real model or a pseudo mannequin.

What is the difference between the ghost mannequin achieved by editing the images and a PSEUDO mannequin? Anyone ever heard of this "pseudo mannequin" concept?

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    Have you contacted Amazon to clarify what they mean by "pseudo" mannequin? It's a good question with no immediate answer from the usual sources but I think Amazon are probably the best people to clear this up for you. – Darkhausen Mar 22 '15 at 20:51
  • Amazon gave me an example of a Pseudo Mannequin: amazon.com/dp/B00HZESDHG to me this looks like a ghost mannequin! – samyb8 Mar 22 '15 at 20:55
  • here's a link that'll give you background on the technique: removethebackground.com/blog/ghost-mannequin-photography-1 – chuqui Mar 22 '15 at 23:43
  • Hard to tell, but in the sample shot there appears to be a wire frame across the back. Perhaps it's a wireframe mannequin, but not being sure, I can't really supply it as an answer. I don't think I've ever heard that term before... – John Cavan Mar 23 '15 at 0:58
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    Just opinion/guess, but I think it's just a terminology issue. Ghost mannequins for photography are different from ghost mannequins for display; ours have removable bits to make the post-processing mannequin removal easier and tend to be much more expensive, but the garment trade version is mostly just a dress form that's really hard to stick pins into and will show at necklines, etc. Amazon seem to be saying "we want real people or nothing at all; we don't want to see any rigging". – user38275 Mar 23 '15 at 9:50
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Searches for "pseudo mannequin" return many pages in French. Aside from that, it may be a made-up phrase or something specific to Amazon.

Amazon Policy

The 2009 version of the Category Style Guide: Clothing & Accessories states:

Do not use images where the product is shown with props, such as on a hanger, stand, or mannequin.

Both the 2014 and 2018 versions state:

Prohibited: Product images photographed on mannequin or digitally modified images

No mention of "pseudo mannequin", but even Amazon is confused about its policies regarding images that may or may not contain mannequins.

Ghost Mannequins

Per @user38275:

Ghost mannequins for photography are different from ghost mannequins for display; ours have removable bits to make the post-processing mannequin removal easier and tend to be much more expensive, but the garment trade version is mostly just a dress form that's really hard to stick pins into and will show at necklines, etc.

Other Mannequins

Those interested can read about 50 other types of mannequins.

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