If silhouette photography seems appealing to you, and you wish to keep this effect on your images, you have to be aware of the several strategies on how to make silhouette in Photoshop. Employing this detailed tutorial, you will be able to produce silhouettes easily as the main compositional & stylistic facilities, and also correct the poor lighting in such an original manner.
Method #1 With the Quick Selection Tool
This strategy will be useful if you have to convert photo to silhouette Photoshop by removing the image background.
1. Choose an Image
The first action in my Photoshop tutorial is to import a picture with the silhouette-to-be. To do so, you have to open Photoshop, go to File, select Open and find an image on your PC.
2. Duplicate a Layer
Duplicate an image (a background layer) on the layer panel. Select a background layer and press Command + J (Ctrl + J for Windows) in order to duplicate it.
3. Choose Quick Selection Tool
On the instruments dashboard choose Quick Selection Tool. You can also select this tool, pressing W.
4. Highlight the Contour of the Object You Want to be a Silhouette
Tap on Quick Selection Tool and drag it over the picture rapidly to choose the object.
5. Remove the Background
Now you are prepared to remove the background of a picture in Photoshop. Beforehand, ensure you outline the object in a right way.
In order to re-select or deselect components of the chosen area, opt for a brush with a minus sign and paint on the field to delete the selection. After that, you can revert to re-select. Tap on Delete.
6. Open Layer Styles
Double tap on the layer using the layer panel, and you will open styles of the layer for the preferred one.
7. Make Settings
To produce a black silhouette, select the Color Overlay and the customize the settings of Normal and 100% Black. That’s it!
Method #2 With the Pen Tool
One more technique of a silhouette photoshopping is to apply the Pen Tool, which will enable you to make a perfect Photoshop cut out. This technique is widely used for creating plain shape silhouettes.
1. Open the Image
Use the same action as in the strategy before – open the picture you wish to use for your silhouette.
2. Select the Pen Tool
On the tools dashboard choose the Pen Tool. As an option, you can do so tapping on P.
3. Outline the Edges of Your Silhouette
Utilize Pen Tool to outline the area you want to make silhouette from. Do not forget to close the line and connect the first and last dot.
4. Right-Click on the Path
Click right mouse button on the path and opt for the Make Selection. You will see a settings window and you will be able to add Feather Radius to the edges or leave everything as it is and press OK.
5. Copy Path for New Layer
Press Command + J (or Ctrl + J if you’re on Windows) to outline and copy the chosen area (Pen Tool path) to a new layer. You can conceal the background picture layer to make the background transparent to evaluate the result.
6. Choose Color Overlay to Add a Color
Double click on the cutout picture on the Layers dashboard and choose Color Overlay to insert black or another color to the silhouette. That’s it.
Method #3 With the Brush Tool
This technique is not as comfortable as the two previous methods. If you are too confused and all methods mentioned didn’t work for your image, select one of these simple silhouette photo apps.
1. Open the Image
Open the picture in the program.
2. Duplicate the Layer
Now duplicate the layer by using the common Photoshop keyboard shortcuts. Click Command + J (or Ctrl + J for Windows).
3. Make a Mask
The next steps will be completed applying a mask. Choose an image on the Layers dashboard. Press the symbol to mask in Photoshop.
4. Select the Brush Tool
Using the tools panel select Brush Tool or just hit B.
5. Change the Foreground Color to Black
Choose the foreground color to black and draw the areas you want to remove the background.
6. Add Color Overlay
Select the layer and add Color Overlay.
7. Choose the Color for Silhouette
Select the color (it is usually black) for your silhouette. Ready.