Good Monday morning!
Open your photo of choice in PS or PSE.
Create a duplicate layer.
- layer > duplicate layer > ok
- or right click on background layer in layers palette > duplicate layer > ok
With the background copy of your photo selected, look in the layers palette to the dropdown menu at the top left (the default setting is “normal”). From this dropdown menu, select “vivid light” (this will adjust the lighting to draw your subject out from the background).
Flatten your image. To do this, right click on one of the layers in your layers palette and select “flatten image.”
Using your magnetic lasso tool, carefully go around the outline of your subject.
- Tip: Your eraser tool is your friend here. If your lasso tool is outlining features or shadows you don’t want, simply “erase” those things from the photo and try again.
After the desired portion of your image is selected (with the marching ants circling your the selected portion), delete your selection.
With the marching ants still circling the now deleted silhouette portion of your image, use your paint bucket tool to fill the deleted portion in with black or your color of choice.
Delete the selected portion of the image, which is the portion of the photo surrounding your color-filled silhouette.
- Hint: If you aren’t happy at this point with the way your silhouette is outlined, simply use your eraser and paint tools to erase or fill in certain areas to achieve your desired look.
Crop your image as desired and save as a jpeg to use in your craft and home decor projects!
Once step 10 is complete, you will be left with a silhouette of your chosen color on a white background. If you want to change the background color, you can use your magic wand tool to select the white part of the image, then fill the area using your paintbucket tool in the color you desire. To change the color of the actual silhouette at this point, choose select > inverse, then fill in with your paint bucket tool in the color you desire.
For my mom’s belated birthday, I used this process to make silhouette images of all of her grandchildren, and I then printed them out onto cardstock to make these little jewels. Wouldn’t a set of these make a great Mother’s Day gift?
Time to party!
Having grown up in a home brimming with sewing notions and paintbrushes, Amy has a deep love for all things creative. On any given day, you’ll find her knee-deep in her latest creative endeavor, with projects ranging from sewing and crafts to home decor and kid-friendly ideas. Amy believes that everyone, regardless of skill level or experience, possesses the ability to create something beautiful, and Positively Splendid was born of her passion for helping others harness their innate creative potential.