I was at Ikea a while ago and I saw this cute candle holder.
I just love the way it looks like lace around the edges. I thought it would be cute to hang a few of them up somewhere. I have this gold stenciled wall in my house and I have been needing something to go on it. I thought if I did silhouettes of my kids it would look awesome on my wall. I have been wanting something that is unique but also not to busy since my wall is super busy with the gold stencil. I have been dying to get this project done but I wasn’t exactly sure how I was going to get them together. When I got some vinyl from expressions vinyl my first thought was how perfect it would be to make silhouettes of my kids. I have a little Photoshop silhouette tutorial below to show you how to make your own silhouettes using Adobe Photoshop. I am in love with my wall now and I love how much character each of my kids picture has even though they are black. It’s fun to see the difference in their faces.
The first thing you need to do is take a picture of your child from the side. Then upload your photo and open it up in Photoshop. Making it into a silhouette is way easier than you think it would be. After you have it opened up, zoom way way in using the zoom tool.
Now you are going to want to click on the pen tool. I have used the magnetic lasso for stuff like this in the past, but the pen tool was so amazing and quick. I loved it! You take the tool and click the spot on the picture where you want your first anchor point, then click all the way around the outside of the part of the picture you want in the silhouette.
Keep clicking all around the photo. If you can’t see where you need to anchor you can just change the opacity in your pic and you will be able to see through the black picture and click where you need to. On the parts with the curves or the hair strands you just have to make your little anchors closer and you don’t have to get every hair, just the big ones so it gives dimension.
Keep going all the way around until you get down where you want to cut off your picture.
Now click on your first anchor point to complete the picture. Photoshop will create an image of the silhouette.
Now open a blank document in photoshop with a white background and drag the silhouette image from your pic onto the white background. Then you can take the eraser tool, make the eraser a very large size, and cut out a little area at the bottom of your image to give you a curved edge on the bottom of your silhouette.
After I got all this done I saved the images, and I had my friend cut them out of the vinyl with her cricket. It was pretty cool how you can just upload an image in the program and it just cuts it out. I couldn’t believe how accurate it was! I used Expressions vinyl which I loved! It works amazing and laid flat in the Candle dish. I haven’t worked with vinyl a whole lot, but after this, I will be using it a lot more!