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August 3, 2010

Silhouettes in Photoshop

Today I thought I would show you a little project I did at my house. I don't know about you but I love changing things up around my house every once in awhile. I like to hang up different pics, paint a room, organize a room from top to bottom, move furniture around, etc. I don't know why, but this is something I've always loved to do. I guess I like a little bit of change every once in awhile and it brings a little bit of newness to our house.

Anyway, I was getting tired of the picture we had hanging in our dining room. It's been hanging here in this house for over 2 years and probably another 5 years in our old house. So it was about time to change things up a bit. I had seen an idea in a magazine showing how to make silhouettes and then making a gallery wall with them. I thought it would look perfect in my dining room. I knew that I could do it all digitally with Photoshop my digi-scrapping supplies.

Here's how I did it. First I took profile photos of my kids against a blank wall. It's much easier if you get a pic with no shadow. You don't want two noses or two chins. It's easier to extract the photo. I extracted their profile, color overlayed it and turned it into a png file.

Child Silhouette in Photoshop

I took the png and made an 8x10 page with it. I used contrasting paper for the background and silhouette. You could fancy it up a bit by adding elements or whatnot, but I wanted to keep it simple. I added their names and the dates I took the photo. Here's one of the jpg's that I saved and printed:

Digital Silhouette with Digital Scrapbook Supplies
I printed and hung them on a wall with a mirror I found at an antique store. Here's a photo of my new wall.

DIY Silhouette Gallery Wall with Digital Scrapbook Supplies
disclaimer: I'm not a professional photographer or interior designers....it's just an imperfect picture in an imperfect house....but I like it!
I also decided it would be fun to scrap a page with the silhouette pngs on them. This is what I came up with. I think I like it better than my wall.

Digital Scrapbook Silhouette Page

Hope you enjoyed seeing a little bit of my house.

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