Easy Two Tone Silhouette
This is a quick way to use photoshop to create that semi-trendy, two-tone silhouette effect.
Obviously start with the photo you want to apply the effect to. I used another photo from PhotoSpin (PhotoSpin #1410017).
Start by duplicating your layer [Ctrl + J]. You don’t HAVE to duplicate the layer, but it helps if you make a mistake. Desaturate your duplicated layer by pressing [Ctrl + Shift + U].
Now go to [Filter > Artistic > Cutout]. Use settings similar to the following:
- Number of Levels: 2
- Edge Simplicity: 3 or 4
- Edge Fidelity: 3
You should get an effect similar to this:
Press [Ctrl + L] to bring up the Levels Dialog. Drag your sliders very close to each other, until your image is only black and white.
Your image will probably have some pretty jagged edges.
To fix this, go under [Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur]. Enter a value of around 2.0 pixels, or whatever looks like your edges are smoothed.
Bring up the Curves Dialog by pressing [Ctrl + M]. Adjust your Curves so the edge blurriness is gone, but there is still no jagged-ness. (Is jagged-ness a word?).
And that should be it.
You could get a little more advanced with this by masking your subject out (cutting out) first, then running through the steps.
- Posted at April 26th, 2005 05:51pm
- Posted by Tommy Maloney
- Filed under Effects
- Tagged with easy, Effects, photoshop, silhouette, tutorial, two-tone
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