Thursday, December 26, 2013

Turning a Photo Into a Silhouette Cut

I wanted to share this Christmas present my son Eric and I gave to my dad this year.  This is a Silhouette cut of my dad and Eric.  I've been wanting to do this project for a couple of years, but I didn't have the Photoshop skills.  Luckily Eric does now!

This was the original picture.  A lot of it is dark, and I was able to darken most of it, playing with the contrast and saturation, but Eric's shorts and my dad's hat were giving me a lot of trouble.  I wish I could tell you how Eric fixed that, but I have no idea.

Somehow, he turned it into this for me.  I was then able to pull it into the Designer Edition of Silhouette Studio and use the Trace feature to create cut lines.  The weeds at the base were way too tiny, so I ended up cutting them off and using a Samantha Walker Border Grass Cut instead.  I cut it all in black, mounted it on some pretty background paper, and now we've got a treasured keepsake!


  1. Wow! This is so cool, Katie! Bet your dad loved it!

  2. Oh this is so cool Katie! I love this and love that you could do this. I can see lots of gifts for loved ones using this technique!

  3. What a wonderful gift.
    Donna K U

  4. Love it Beautiful gift wish I had the Skill to do something like that


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