Then you will want to duplicate the layer.
In the layers window there is a drop down menu and it should have “normal” displayed in it. You will want to change that to “hard light” this makes your subject stick out and ultimately the next step a little easier!
Using your “magnetic lasso tool” you will trace around the subjects “silhouette” : ) If it isn’t tracing correctly you may need to erase anything that the lasso tool might be recognizing.
Before the next step, un check your original background layer so it is not visible
Once you have made it all the way around the dots will connect and start moving around your selection, leaving it selected hit the delete key and it will delete your subjects head… kinda weird : ) (it will be a white space)
Then, using your paint bucket choose the color you want and fill in the space, I chose black.
At this point you can leave the background transparent or fill it in with a color and crop it to your liking.
Depending on what you are using this for you will probably want to re-size it for your project.
And now you have a wonderful silhouette. If you leave the background transparent you can print directly on fabric or colored paper without having to cut it out! Just depends what you’re doing ; )
As always, if you ever have any questions or see a mistake I’ve made, please ask!
Can’t wait to show you my Christmas craft using silhouettes! : )
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