Tuesday, July 31, 2012

How to make silhouette photos {The easy way}

I have an obsession. I am in love with silhouettes. When I see them on pinterest it's like they call out to me. There's something so enticing about them. They feel so classic and traditional yet so modern at the same time. Yeah I pretty much love them.

And you know I'm a sucker for sentimental art like you can see from this post a couple months ago when my kids helped me make a cool art piece for the house. So this week I decided to make their silhouettes.

It was so much fun too! They were my cute little models. I had them stand very still and let me take a profile picture of them.  I took the picture in front of a window when the sun was shining in. I wanted to see details on their profile really well.

It's funny even tho they are identical twins, they still look so different to me. 

My older boys were so easy. My six month old boy, not as much. I don't think he ever stops moving! And he kept looking at me when I tried taking the picture. So I decided I'm gonna have to wait until a time my hubby is home to help me hold him. So baby silhouette project coming later!

So after you get your profile pictures, you upload them to computer. I used the free photo editor Fotoflexer because I don't have photoshop. I would love to get a photoshop program one of these days. But for now Fotoflexer works really well for me. 

Fotoflexer has some nice effects you can apply to your photo. To do this project I decided to apply the sketch effect. It made a very obvious outline of the boys. 

Next you print it out on cardstock paper, carefully cut them out and then paint them.

I put a plain white card stock paper in the background of them and framed them.

The end result is some cool looking silhouettes. They are fun and stylish yet soooo sentimental to me at the same time. It melts my heart every time I look at them. I can't believe my babies are little boys now.

Oh I also wanted to tell ya'll I just made a Facebook page for This Yellow House! You can check that out here

So are any of ya'll as obsessed with silhouettes as much as I am? If we had any pets I would so do their silhouettes too!

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  1. What a great way to make a silhouette. I have never tried that way. I am in love with the frames too. Thanks for sharing at DIYbyDesign.

    1. Thank you! I got the frames on sale at Hobby Lobby awhile back.

  2. Very cool. I love silhouettes too. Never done any. You've inspired me to try!

  3. Wow! That is amazing! Thank you for sharing. Visiting from DIY by Design. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2012/07/make-it-pretty-monday-week-8.html Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  4. Thanks for sharing this :) I just took the family's profile pics , with the thought of doing something like this. You linked this just in time for me :)
    New follower,Francine
    PS. I would love if you would come over and join my monthly button swap party...Its up and running :)

    1. Oh cool! I'm sure you will love them, they mean a lot to me. Thanks for following!

  5. Those are too cute! I remember my mom having a silhouette photo of me when I was a little girl. It always fascinated me. Think I'll look at doing something like this for Christmas for the four grandkids!
    Thanks for posting!
    I found you through the WOW party. So glad I did! I'm your newest follower!!

    Jaye @ Just Tryin' to Make Cents of it All

    1. Thank you! I'm sure your grandkids would love that! My boys love looking at theirs. Thanks for following!

  6. So cute! I don't have photoshop either so it was nice to see someone using something else! Can't wait to try it on my 5 year old son!


  7. That is so cute! I'm going to have to try that with my little girl.


  8. Great idea! So cute and a fun way to document their age! Stopping by from 52 Mantels!

  9. Thanks for linking up ALLIE!
    I featured you today - come by and see!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

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