The Retreat Files: Creating A Silhouette In Photoshop

1. Open Photoshop or other photo editing program.

2. Open photo you want to use to create the silhouette. File>Open>Select folder where the photo is located>Open.











3. Click on the Lasso Tool in your toolbox. Right-click to see your options. You can choose either the Polygonal Lasso Tool or the Magnetic Lasso Tool to create your selection.





4. Using your Lasso Tool, move your mouse to carefully select the area on the photo that you want. The “marching ants” will show your selection.

5. Once you’ve made your selection, you will make a copy of that selection. Layer>Duplicate Layer. (Shortcut: Control-J)

6. Now you will clock on the “background” layer in your layers palette, and press DELETE. This will remove the excess part of the photo.

7. To make the silhouette a solid black color click on Hue/Saturation, and move the”Lightness” slider all the way to the left. Image>Adjustments>Hue/Saturation (Shortcut: Control-U)







8. Now you have your silhouette! You can use your move tool to drag it onto any new project you want and use it in so many fun ways!!

9. To save your silhouette file, you will want to save it as a PNG file. This will allow you to move only the silhouette image (not the background) to different documents and projects.

10. Here are some idea of what you can do with silhouettes:

Do individual head silhouettes, family holding hands, bride and groom kissing, action silhouettes (dancing, jumping in the air, ect)

You can line them up in a row of each family member’s silhouette and frame it. Cards and tags. Use printed out silhouettes as a template to trace out fabric or vinyl to make personalized pillows, put on glass or vases, create personalized jewlery, ect. You can make a family tree just using silhouettes of family members.

Here are some examples of what Brooke Kemp (teacher) came up with for silhouettes:










































Thank you Brooke Kemp for your amazing and simple class!

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One Response to The Retreat Files: Creating A Silhouette In Photoshop

  1. Nancy says:

    This is something I’ve wanted to try for a while. Thanks for the concise tutorial.