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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Silhouette Tutorial in Illustrator

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I am showing you all how to make your own Silhouette using Adobe Illustrator, but you can use photoshop as well.  First you will need to get a profile image of your subject.  My baby is just shy of 3 months and so I put him in a bumbo to get him to sit up right.  Only lasted a few minutes, but I got a quick shot and that is all you need.


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Open the photo up in Illustrator (or photoshop) and use the pen tool which is 3 down on the tools menu. I like to pick a dark color to use so I can see my lines.  Start tracing the outline of the head.  You can start wherever you would like.

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This is just a rough sketch, but you can get as detailed as you want.  

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Once you have gone all the way around, make sure to enclose the beginning point and the end point or it will not turn out the way you want it to. 

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Then I copy the image and put in a new document.  I flipped mine around for framing purposes, but you can have it however you want.  

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I have mine hanging up in my living room right next to his sisters that I made when she was 3 months old as well.  I decided I will be doing these every 2  years since they change so much and its fun to compare the differences/similarities between your children.

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If you don't feel up to making your own, I can make one for you! I charge $20 for an 8x10 or $30 for an 11x14.  Email me dianawinksmith at gmail dot com

Thank you and Enjoy!

4 comments:

  1. I love this idea!! Thanks so much for sharing:)

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  2. Wow, great minds think alike. I was planning on doing this for Pearl next week and I would use the exact same steps as you in Illustrator.

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  3. How cool is that! Love it! I could learn a ton from you.

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  4. Does it automatically make the whole face black? I'm kinda stuck at that part.

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