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DIY: How to Make Silhouette Portraits

Want to capture a pet, friend, child, or even flower or plant in a silhouette portrait? Then check out this silhouette portrait tutorial I found on More Ways to Waste Time.

Here's What You Need

  • Digital camera.
  • Computer with PhotoShop (or one you can borrow from a friend).
  • Frame.
  • Subject to photograph.

To find out how to make your portrait, just

  • Using a digital camera, photograph your subject from the side. Shooting against a white wall or a white poster board will make it easier to digitally remove the background during the next step.
  • Open the picture in Photoshop. Use the Magic Wand tool to select the background for removal. Once clicked, the background will be outlined and highlighted. Go to "edit" and click "cut." The background will disappear.
  • Now go to "image" and click "adjustments." Select "desaturate" to remove all color.
  • In "adjustments," select "brightness/contrast." Then lower the brightness and increase the contrast until your image becomes a silhouette.
  • If the image isn't completely silhouetted, use the Paintbucket tool (with black as the color selection) to fill in as needed, placing the cursor dead center and clicking until your desired effect is achieved.
  • Using the Image tool, select "image size" to set your desired dimensions.
  • Save your silhouette as a JPEG file.
  • Burn the file to a CD, take it to a copy shop, and print it on paper or card stock.
  • Trim the edges and frame.
  • Enjoy your new creation!

For the complete directions, go to More Ways To Waste Time.
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baltimoregal baltimoregal 8 years
This is a great idea- good for gifts, too.
Row-D Row-D 8 years
I need to get my hands on photoshop!!!
sugarbecky sugarbecky 8 years
I posted my pics in an album on my page, it turned out really well!
Mokona Mokona 8 years
That is adorable!
tkoblondee tkoblondee 8 years
So cute! My sister and I did this when we were kids. (no digital cameras then! :lmao:)
sugarbecky sugarbecky 8 years
Weird!! I am making one for my sister for Christmas RIGHT NOW! The silhouette is of her little Chihuahua, Tank! I'll post pics tomorrow!! I'm doing it the old fashioned way. I am just cutting him out of a picture then tracing onto card stock. I hope it turns out cute!!
emalove emalove 8 years
Aw, so cute! Love it. I want one of my cats!
Lizzard214 Lizzard214 8 years
I was just talking about these with my bf and he said they creeped him out. ha ha But actually, if you want to make this a little quicker, after this step: - Open the picture in Photoshop. Use the Magic Wand tool to select the background for removal. Once clicked, the background will be outlined and highlighted. Go to "edit" and click "cut." The background will disappear. Do this: - With the background area still selected, go to "select" and click "inverse." Then go to "Edit" and click "fill." Choose black as your fill color. This is a little easier than doing all the desaturate stuff. Especially if your background and subject are very clearly defined.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
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