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.
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