Making a picture of the silhouettes in Photoshop

In this amazing tutorial, you will learn how to make simple work in Photoshop, creating silhouettes from a photo.

Materials for the lesson can be downloaded here.

Final result

Step 1

Create a new document 2000 x 1300px. in Photoshop. Next, create a new layer.

Step 2

Using tool Pen (pen tool), draw a simple outline, this will be our foreground.

Step 3

Once you have created the contour, right-click the created contour and in the window that appears, select the option Fill contour (Fill Path), then select fill content The black (Black).

Step 4

Then, once again, right-click on the created contour and in the appeared window. select option Delete contour (delete the path).

Step 5

Next, using the same technique, draw the average plan and the background on separate layers.

Step 6

Go to the layer with the drawn average. Double click on this layer to make the window appear. Layer styles (Layer Style). Select an option Color overlay (Color Overlay). In the settings, set to light gray.

Step 7

Next, go to the layer with the drawn background. Using the same technique as in the previous step, add a lighter shade of gray.

Step 8

Now, below the background layer, add an adjustment layer. Colour (Solid Color).

At the same time, the gray color should be of a lighter tone than on the background.

Step 9

Next, we add some objects to our scene, placing them in the foreground.

The image of the tree in the archive with the materials for the lesson (link at the beginning of the text of the lesson). Once you download the tree image, select it, and then move the selected image to our working document.

Step 10

Once you have placed the tree in the right place for you, add layer styles to the tree image. Color overlay (Color Overlay), color is black, use the same technique that you applied to the other layers.

Step 11

You can choose the desired ready-made selected image of the crow in the archive with the materials for the lesson (link at the beginning of the text of the lesson). Once you download them, simply transfer the ravens images to our working paper. Apply scaling.

Step 12

Add layer styles to the raven image. Color overlay (Color Overlay), color is black.

Step 13

Next, add another tree, place the layer with the image of the tree on top of the layer with the middle background (download the tree here). Add layer styles Colour (Color overlay) to this tree and then using the tool Pipette (color picker) select the fill color from the middle background.

Step 14

In order not to get confused in layers, you can group all the layers with the foreground into one group (crows, wood, foreground, etc.), and all the layers with the middle plan into another.

Step 15

Next, add an adjustment layer. Gradient (Gradient) below the layer with the background.

Step 16

Apply Radial gradient (Radial gradient), the color of the gradient from white to transparent, Scale (Scale) 150%. Change the blending mode for this adjustment layer to Soft light (Soft Light).

Step 17

Duplicate the radial gradient adjustment layer twice. Place one duplicate of the layer below the layer with the group with the foreground, the second duplicate of the layer below the layer with the group with the middle plan.

Step 18

Next, add another adjustment layer. Gradient (Gradient) on top of all other layers, but this time, the color of the gradient from black to transparent. This gradient will darken the edges of the image.

Step 19

Next, we’ll add a little fog between the layers. Create a new layer below the foreground group layer, name this layer “fog”.

Step 20

Next, go Filter – Rendering – Clouds (Filter> Render> Clouds), and then in the settings increase the value The contrast (Contrast) to +70.

Step 21

Change the blending mode for the fog layer to Lightening (Screen), and also reduce the layer opacity to 20%. Duplicate the fog layer by placing a duplicate of the layer below the layer with the group with the average plan.

Step 22

Next, we will add a blur to each layer.

First go to the layer with the background, then go Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur). Set a blur radius of 8 px.

Step 23

Next, go to the layer with the group with the average plan. Right-click on this layer and in the window that appears, select the option Merge group (Merge Group). To merged layer, apply filter Gaussian blur (Gaussian Blur), blur radius 5 px.

Step 24

Finally, merge the group with the foreground. To merged layer, apply filter Gaussian blur (Gaussian Blur), blur radius 0.5 px.

Step 25

And finally, we will blur the edges of the image. Group all the layers in the layers palette. Next, duplicate the new group. Right-click on the layer with the new group and in the window that appears, select the option Merge group (Merge Group).

To this layer with the merged group, apply a filter Gaussian blur (Gaussian Blur), blur radius 8 px.

Step 26

Finally, add a layer mask to the merged layer. Next, select the tool Gradient (gradient tool), draw a radial gradient on the layer mask of the layer, hiding the blur effect in the center of the image.

That’s all! Thank you for being with me. Hope you enjoyed this tutorial.

Final result

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