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Watercolor Silhouette Tutorial

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How to make a watercolor silhouette graphic (tutorial done in CS6):

I was asked by some people how I made this graphic, so I figured I’d do a tutorial for you guys.

1. Find and open screencap in photoshop. For this type of graphic I recommend a full body silhouette that is rather dark and easily outlined. For this tutorial I’m using this (very cliche) screencap of Sherlock.

2. Select around your silhouette to cut them out. Everyone has different ways of doing this, but I personally like using magnetic lasso tool.

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Then you adjust the selection by going to select > refine edge and using these settings:

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Next go to select > inverse and click the delete button. Then go to select > deselect. This is what you should have left:

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3.  Now we’re going to change the dimensions and size of the graphic. Go to image > image size and change the width to 500 px:

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Since mine is currently square, I’m going to change the canvas size. Go to image > canvas size. These will be my settings (500 px by 600 px):

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4. Since my screencap is already very dark, I won’t be making any adjustments to it. However, if yours isn’t, I would recommend putting a brightness/contrast layer over it and increasing the contrast. This way the silhouette will stand out against the overlay. After you make the adjustment layer, click control+shift+E. This merges all the layers.

5. Now we’re going to find the watercolor texture! I basically just googled “watercolor textures” but I found this really great gallery of them. For this graphic I’m going to be using this specific texture.

6. Paste the texture onto your graphic and transform it to fit over it evenly. Make sure it covers the entire silhouette.  Once it’s positioned to where you like it, duplicate this watercolor layer (control+J) and then hide the duplicated layer. Now we’re going to take the first watercolor layer and change the layer style to lighten. Keep the opacity at 100%.

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Now your graphic should look something like this:

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7. Now go to the hidden watercolor layer and make it visible again. Change the layer style to multiply and change the opacity to about 30-50%, depending on the texture and how it looks on your silhouette. Here are my settings:

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Your graphic should now look something like this:

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8. Now you’re almost done! I like to insert a vibrance layer and up the vibrance about 30+ so the colors in the texture can stand out. If you want, you can also add text. When you’re done, merge all the layers (control+shift+E) and then sharpen it. Go to filter > sharpen > smart sharpen. I use these settings:

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Then you save and that’s it!

Please give this post a like or a reblog, and don’t hesitate to message me with questions/show me any creations you made with this tutorial. Hope this helps!

Posted on the 17th of January, 2013 with 2,055 notes
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