fresh photoshop tutorials & resources
Log in Register
Painted Wood Photoshop Action Comics Book Photoshop Action Infographic JS Library Textures for Photoshop

Convert Image to Vector Shape Silhouette in Photoshop
Tutorials Photo Effects 20839 Views February 28th, 2014

In this tutorial we will learn how to create vector shape silhouettes in Photoshop from any image. All you have to do is to make some photo treatments to create the vector effect. The shape silhouettes are great for printing as they are vector based shapes, so they can be easily edited and resized without loosing quality. Use the silhouettes for T-shirt prints, for greeting cards and so on.


In this tutorial we'll learn how to create vector shape silhouettes in Photoshop using some simple techniques. You can save the vector silhouettes as Photoshop custom shapes as I will show you in the next steps.

First you have to choose your image carefully to obtain a good result. I only use images with very light background or cutout images. For this tutorial I will use this girl with gun stock image. As you can see it already has a white background so I dont's have to remove the background.

You have to use this quick tutorial to convert the Image to Vector in Photoshop; follow all the steps without the colorize part. Your photo will be transformed into a vector line art effect like shown in the image below.

Open the layer style window of the Photo Layer and hide the white areas making this setting.

Now you have to turn this layer into a smart object or you can simply rasterize the layer styles. Keep the CTRL key pressed and click on the layer/smart object thumbnail to make a quick selection.

Go to the Select menu and choose Refine Edge; make these or similar ones depending on what image you choose. The reason we do that is to obtain a smooth selection without jagged edges. Because we want to obtain a vector shape this will help you to reduce the number of anchor points and to optimize the silhouette.

Make Work Path from this selection and go to Edit menu and choose Define Custom Shape.

That is all, you have created a silhouette in Photoshop. That way you can convert any photo into a vector shape silhouette. Pick the Custom Shape Tool and in the list you have the new created vector shape, ready to be used.

Custom Shape Photoshop Creator

This set contains 1 layerd PSD file that will allow you to create a vector shape silhouette out of any photo/graphics/image. The pack also contains a Photoshop action that you can use to create custom shapes.

Vectorizer - Vector Magic Photoshop Creator

If you're looking for amazing textures and backgrounds for Photoshop, explore Textures4Photoshop where you can find 1000+ unique images. You can download all these textures and backgrounds for free to use in personal or commercial projects!

Be a Cool Dude!

With your donation you can help us maintain this website and keep producing free resources many months to come! Any amount counts

1 comment(s) for "Convert Image to Vector Shape Silhouette in Photoshop"

Mary Holmes
Mary Holmes
8:50 AM Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Thanks for being so helpful. I was looking for similar post online all day long. Can you please upload a tutorial on how to an image into a vectorise image? reply

Have something to say? Leave us a comment

Click to Upload Fan Art!

Share your Psd Dude inspired works

Pencil Sketch vs Camera Photo Effect Photoshop Action
Animated Kaleidoscope Photoshop Action
Recent Posts
Learn how to create a retro comics effect in Photoshop in just a few easy steps. For the comic book ...
Swirl Brushes are useful Photoshop resources that you can use in your designs if you want to avoid m...
This Sunday many Christians worldwide celebrate Easter. For kids, Easter is all about painted eggs, ...
Learn how to create a Easter grass planet in Photoshop from this new tutorial for beginners. You can...

      Wax Stamp Seal Photoshop Creator
Popular Posts
You can create amazing gold text effects by using these unique gold Photoshop styles, both free and ...
Today's Photoshop collection of resources includes some amazing packs of metal chrome PSD text style...
If you want to know how to create dispersion effect in Photoshop in a easy way, here is a quick solu...
To create a realistic sketch in Photoshop you need some pencil sketch textures or better still you c...
In today list of free textures for Photoshop I have gathered over 100 amazingly beautiful wood textu...
I have decided to create a new character from Alice in Wonderland and I hope that maybe someday to r...
To create a Comic Book Effect in Photoshop we have to mix all sort of filters and blend them togethe...
Stitching and sewing can be created also in Photoshop with very realistic results. So in this tutori...
Hello girls and boys! Today i want to make a cartoon rainbow... i really hope you will like it! ...
In this tutorial I will show you how to create a 3D map in Photoshop using different 2D and 3D model...
Subscribe via email

      Metal Tag Photoshop Creator