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1358 days ago
How to create a black and white silhouette outline?

I want to take a regular photograph of a person's silhouette and turn it into a stylized black and white portrait. Here's an example image that I found on google, just in case the explanation was unclear:

I don't have photoshop or any professional editing program, just the basics that come with a Mac computer. I've tried googling this, but nothing helpful turns up. Can anyone point me in the right direction?

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1358 days ago
First you need the right photo  -- start with an actual silhouette against a plain background. Set your subject against a wall and put a lamp between them and the wall. so they are lit from behind but what you see is in shadow.

I don' t know about basic mac software, but I'm not sure you'll be able to do it there. If you learn things quickly, try downloading the GIMP, a free program, and learn how to do it there (it will be complicated). Otherwise, I'd recommend attaching the photo to a piece of black paper and cutting by hand.

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Great Beyo

1358 days ago
I know that on some photoshop-ish programs, you can change the color bit rate from 64 bit full color to like 2 colors and get a very similar effect. It's a bit indiscriminate, but pretty close to what you are looking for.

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1358 days ago
I could be underthinking the technique.
Take your picture against a solid color background.
Use an area select tool to highlight the entire background. Now invert the selection. The selected area should be the silhouette, and you can recolor it however you like.

You can always have a go with Photoshop Elements for 30 days before you are required to supply a registration code.

Or you can get Gimp and
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1357 days ago
gs 790---that's how I would do it.

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