How to Convert Pictures to Silhouette


Photo manipulation software, such as Adobe Photoshop, allows you to edit your images, removing flaws, adjusting colors and sharpening detail. You also can apply a wide range of effects to your pictures by mastering a few simple techniques. Using the "Colorize" selection, you can completely darken sections of your picture to create a silhouette effect. Once you have mastered the basics, you can experiment by adjusting the color and other elements of your silhouette.

Things You'll Need

  • Photoshop or other photo-manipulation software
  • Run Adobe Photoshop or alternative photo-manipulation software, such as GIMP or Google Picasa, by double-clicking on the desktop icon.

  • Click "File," then "Open," and select the image you want to convert to a silhouette from your computer's directory.

  • Choose the "Free Select Tool," which is represented by a lasso symbol from the tools panel on the right-hand side of the program.

  • Draw around the section of the picture you want to convert to a silhouette by clicking around the section until it is all marked out by a dotted line.

  • Click "Subtract from Current Selection" and draw around any sections that you don't want to be converted to silhouette, for example an area created when a model has her hands on her hips.

  • Click "Colors," then select "Colorize" from the drop-down menu. Adjust the "Lightness" bar by moving the slider to the left-hand side to black out the selected sections of your picture.

  • Use the "Brush Tool," marked by a paint brush symbol, to touch up any areas of the silhouette that have not been covered properly.

  • Repeat the process for the remaining sections of your picture or for any other pictures that you want to convert to silhouette.

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