Colorful Silhouettes

A Silhouette is the dark shape and outline of someone or something visible against a lighter background, especially in dim light.

Using a photo YOU took of you or a friend, photograph your entire body. Remembering that silhouettes come out better if you don’t look like a blob, but can see your fingers, arms and legs separate from your body.

Upload the photo to your computer.

Open the Photo in Adobe Photoshop


After Opening your image, use the crop tool Screen Shot 2015-02-11 at 11.00.53 AM Drag a box around the area you would like to keep. This trims your photo to focus on one subject.

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Once you have your area cropped click ENTER to apply the changes.

Using the Quick Select ToolScreen Shot 2015-02-11 at 11.04.02 AM, select your background.

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In this photo, I want to select the jump rope as well, if you need to refine your selection you can use the add to the quick select tool or subtract from Screen Shot 2015-02-11 at 11.07.27 AM. If these tools still don’t get the exact selection you would like you can use the quick mask tool Screen Shot 2015-02-11 at 11.07.06 AMto edit your selection. When using the quick mask tool what ever is selected is in REAL color and whatever isn’t selected is in RED.

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Using your paintbrush with a hard edge and the solid color black paint the area you wish to be selected. If you make a mistake, paint in white and it will fix your selection. When finished turn off the quick mask buttonScreen Shot 2015-02-11 at 11.07.06 AM, you should now see your Refined selection exactly the way you want it.

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With the background layer currently selected and your background of your image selected, Go to Select Inverse, this will switch your selection to the opposite.

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Now the girl and the jump rope are selected instead of the background.

Set your Foreground Color to BlackScreen Shot 2015-02-11 at 11.17.04 AM

Go to the Edit Menu and choose Fill

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Make sure setting are set to Foreground Color and Blending Mode set to Normal at 100%

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Now set your background color to a BRIGHT color Screen Shot 2015-02-11 at 11.20.52 AM

Go To Select Inverse again

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You have now selected the background.

Then go to Edit – Fill and this time change your settings in Use: Background.

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You should have a result similar to this:

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When finished save as a .JPG and then save for the web, post your web file with a before and after to your blog with a paragraph description.


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