I showed it to ya back in the day I put it up. One of those days I had ants in my pants.Now, I've always wanted to do silhouettes of my kids. They're just soo. . .classic. So. . . Lemony Snicket, ya know? ("I will treat these kids as if they were actually wanted. . .")
Now, I'm going to show you how I did my silhouettes. I know there are a meellion (one meellion dollars! Frickin' lazer beams!) tutorials out there on these things. Maybe I chose the easy way. Maybe I chose the totally difficult, idiot way. I don't know. And hey, maybe you're so fancy you'd just tell yer kid "Hey. Turn to the side. Hold that for a sec." And you whipped out a piece of black paper and scissors and went to town, and voila.
But that's not me, okay?
If it is you, you totally deserve your own Budweiser "Real Woman of Genius" commercial.
Don't tell me if I did it the hard way, umkay?
Alright. So you take your kid. You stick 'em in front of a window and snap a pic. You are purposely backlighting the heck out of your kids. Obviously you won't be using your flash. That will defeat the purpose. Obviously.
So I took my kid. Stuck his ginormous head in front of the window.
Huh. I just realized I gave my son flat head. Okay lesson learned! Get ALL their head in the shot.
Now if you've got photoshop or photoshop elements, (or some other program like the aforementioned) you've got it made. 2 steps, people! 2 steps!
1st. You're gonna boost your exposure. Overexpose the heck out of your photo.
2. Now-- boost your blacks up by 100%. Take that nobby nob and send it all the way to the end.
Look! Ooh! Now you could practically just print that out and, if you're steady of hand just cut that bad boy out. Or, OR! You could black and white that bad boy (to get rid of the remaining blue-ish tones) and if you're framing it, you could be done. Frame it-- shadowbox it-- scrapbook it. Whatevah.
But if you have crooked sickness, such as I, well then you just tell "the machine" (nobody withstands the machine) to cut them for you.
Now, I got some blocks from the hob lob (they have rounded too . . .ooh the possibilites. . . ) for 50¢ and painted 'em thee ole antique white:
A lil mod podge, and we're good to go here. Cost? $2.00. Oh fine I'll factor in paper, mod podge, and paint. $2.165289738499. Satisfied?
Or, OR, you could just order someone else's silhouettes from Ballard Designs.
Only $30. I do like the cool "old letter" background. . .