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    Hi,

    Does anyone have an idea how you can easilly make silhouette-pictures out of photos. By this I mean when the dark parts oh the photo are modified to include only one color/different shades of the same color. The light parts would be white... Kind of che guevara-picture style if you get what I mean...

    I suck at photoshop, use mainly illustrator... (have cs3:s)

    I appreciate any advice

    /K

  • #2
    Adjust the levels until you get what you want. The words you are looking for are high contrast. Silhouettes are a bit different.
    It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn't use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like "What about lunch?" Winnie the Pooh

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    • #3
      The Che Guevara pictures really just black and white, sometimes with the background coloured. For that, use Image -> Adjustments -> Threshold.

      For a similar result, but with more colours, try Image -> Adjustments -> Posterize.

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      • #4
        If you just want Silhouettes on a white or colored background, you could use the pen tool and draw a vector shape layer also - that can give you a cleaner edge sometimes, if threshold doesn't get you what your after. The cutout filter would be another one to try along with Posterizing.
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        • #5
          Another very powerful method is to use a Gradient Mapping adjustment layer. By carefully adding and editing points of the gradient used, you can reassign bold solid colours across the original's tonal range (and it's non-destructive AND re-editable). In the gradient editor which pops up if you click on the gradient in the Grad Map setup, use Alt-drg to dupe an existing colour point and this is useful in creating sharp colour transitions.

          The other nice thing about this method is that as a layer you can easily drag it to another image and of course, apply it through a layer mask, or get new effects by twiddling with the layer blending controls and modes.

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          • #6
            thanks for the advice to all of you

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