this project on Ruffles and Stuff. A few days ago, I found the time to do this in Photoshop and put together a basic tutorial.
DISCLAIMER: I didn't have a perfect profile picture of Andrea so the silhouette above involved a whole lot more Photoshop editing than will be discussed here.
You will need:
- Adobe Photoshop
- A photo of your subject showing clear profile, preferably in plain background
Step 1: Open your photo in Photoshop.
Step 2: Using the Polygonal Lasso Tool, click along the edges of your subject. After clicking, move a little along the edge of your subject and click again. This will give you smoother curved lines.(I will admit, this requires a steady hand and lots of practice).
Step 3. Copy your selection. 2 ways: 1) Go to Edit, then select Copy, OR 2) Use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + C
Step 4. Open a new blank image: Go to File, then select New.
Step 5. Paste the copied selection from Step 3 to the new blank document. Make sure your new blank document is selected and then 1) Go to Edit and select Paste, OR 2) use keyboard shortcut Ctrl + V
Step 6: At the top of the page, go to Layer then select New, then choose Layer.
Your new layer should appear here:
Step 7: Select the Layer with your subject's profile. In my case, that's Layer 1. Then on top of the window, click Select, then click Load Selection. When a pop-up window opens, just click Ok. This will select your subject.
Step 8. Now click on Layer 2 to select your blank layer.
Step 9: Pick the color you want for your silhouette from the Swatches tab by clicking on the color.
Red. The color you selected should appear as the color on the top box here:
Step 10: Select the Paint Bucket Tool and click inside the selected area.
You can delete your photo layer by clicking Layer 1 and then dragging it to the small trash can icon on the lower left corner. And then you can use the Eraser tool to clean up sharp edges of your silhouette. Or touch up your silhouette using the Brush tool.
To save your image, go to File, then select Save As. On the Format field, select JPEG, or Bitmap or GIF (most common picture file formats). Then define your file name and click Save.
I hope the tutorial made sense. I've been using Photoshop for a long time but it has always been hard for me to describe step by step what I do.
Here's a couple more of me and my husband: