Make a Silhouette in Photoshop
To make a silhouette in Photoshop you can use one of these techniques and tools:
- Threshold - You can turn an image to vector in Photoshop using the Threshold adjustment
- Pen Tool - You can make a shape or a silhouette in Photoshop using the Pen Tool
- Photoshop Action - You can use this Photoshop action to make Photoshop shapes quick and easy
In this tutorial we are going to make a cool photo effect using Photoshop silhouettes.
Resources Used in This Tutorial
For this tutorial we need these Photoshop resources and stock images.
- Walking Stock Image
- Sunset Gradients
- Woman Silhouette
- Seamless Grass
- Flying Birds Silhouette
- Crow Brushes (optional)
Add the Sunset Gradient
Create a new layer and add one of the Sunset Gradients included in this pack. If you don't have Photoshop you can use the sunset background JPG images.
Add the Grass Border
First create a black rectangle using the Rectangle Tool.
Then, use the Seamless Grass to add a grass border. Add a Color Overlay to the grass layer and use the color black. Resize the grass and use multiple copies.
Add the Sun
Use the Ellipse Tool to create a circle shape. Add these layer styles to make a glowing sun: Color Overlay (color #ffd72e), Inner Glow (color #fdfdfd) and Outer Glow (color #ffd905). Using these color and the background we get a sunset sun.
Add the Woman Silhouette
In a new layer add the Woman Silhouette using the Custom Shape Tool.
Add the Walking Stock Image
Make a new layer above the Woman Silhouette layer and add this Walking Stock Image. Right click and choose Create Clipping Mask. Use the eraser Tool and a soft round brush to blend the image with the woman silhouette.
This effect is similar to the double exposure effect.
Add a Levels adjustment for the stock image to get a better contrast and brighter colors. Again use the Clipping Mask option.
Add the Flying Birds Silhouette
For the final touches you can add this Flying Birds Silhouette.
So, here is the final result for our beautiful photo effect. You can use this as sunset background, sunset wallpaper. You can of course use other woman silhouettes. This photo effect works great with animal silhouettes or building silhouettes for example.