Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Club Scrap Blog Hop March 2015 - 50s Kitchen

It's that time of the month again but before we get started I wanted to thank all of you for the comments and love you have left me.  It really does mean a lot to me.

Anyway, today I thought we could take a look Making a Silhouette!

There are lots of different ways to make silhouettes but I think this method is probably the easiest. First you have to select a suitable photograph and desaturate it.  When selecting the photograph, find one that has some contrast but not too much fine detail.  Here is the photo I have chosen prior to doing the desaturation.


You will see that this image is "almost" a silhouette already!  Also to do the desaturisation go to Image>adjustments>desaturise.  Hit enter and you get this!


At this point I applied a levels adjustment layer to give a tad more contrast.


Concentrate on the silhouette shape you want to keep and do not worry about the background.  The background stuff can be erased later.  You just have to make sure that you have a fairly clean outline to select.

You can see that the girl is actually sitting on a rocky precipice and I am going to select the girl with the rocky outcropping.  Use the quick selection tool to select the silhouette.


Here you can see that I have made the selection.


Duplicate the selection once you have the marching ants by using controlJ.


Here you can see that I have 4 layers.  The original photo turned off.  A copy of the original photo desaturated.  The photo with an applied levels mask on it and the selected silhouette portion.  Now you can tidy up around your selection.  You can see that I have some "hairy" bits in various places and I am going ahead to tidy those up.  To do this you can use a variety of ways.  I have chosen to a hard edge brush as an eraser.

Now you have to fill the silhouette with black.  To do this press D so the foreground color is default black, fill the shape and then copy the black shape to a new transparent background and save it as a png on a transparent background.


You are now ready to start playing!

Here is what I came up with. 



I do hope you enjoy my blog post this month.

Your next stop is: http://debduzscrappin.blogspot.com/2015/03/50s-kitchen-blog-hop.html













31 comments:

  1. Oh my...when I saw the photo I had no idea what this was going to be,but the result is wonderful, Annette!

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  2. I was very surprised when I saw the final step and then how you used it to provide the backdrop for the quote. How cool is that? Fun project, Annette. Thanks for the stepouts!

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  3. Thanks for the neat tutorial, I always wondered how to do this digitally! Great job!

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    1. So glad I could answer a question for you Julie.

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  4. Very cool, this would be a great way to make digital versions of kid's silhouette type cut outs, the kind that street artists and such do.

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  5. Love the idea! Thanks so much for the step by step! Have a great day!

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  6. Thanks for sharing the process, Annette. Such an interesting technique! (FYI, I wasn't able to see your final pic in Firefox--had to open Safari to see it. Not sure why, but I thought you might want to know.)

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    1. I am so sorry you could not see the final pic in Firefox but glad you could see it in Safari. I have no idea why you had the problem.

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  7. Amazing! Digital is intriguing and one day I am going to try it!

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    1. Thank you - Club Scrap digi is definitely the way to start!

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  8. Thanks for the great tutorial on getting a silhouette. I love how you used it.

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  9. You make this look so easy! I love how it turned out. Very creative Annette!

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    1. Thanks Wendy! Love doing things like this.

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    1. Bless your hear for saying so. Thank you.

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  11. Thank you for the wonderful tutorial, Annette! You have a great way of making these steps seem so easy.

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    1. Thanks very much for saying so Lisa.

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  12. Thanks so much for this tutorial! I can think of SEVERAL photos I have that would benefit from this treatment and so many ways to put the silhouette to good use. Thanks, Annette!

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  13. What a transformation! Very interesting, and love the silhouette & text quote! thanks Annette!

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  14. Digital stamping is a new world for me. Thank you for the detailed info..quite a learning.

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