Ok, in case you are not used to the photoshop environment and don't have a clue as to what I have mentioned in the above two pictures, not to worry just follow the steps below.
First of all this is not my own tutorial, I have just modified the original tutorial written by Chris Carter. Lets get started.
1. Choose an image
You might wonder as to why I have mentioned this as a step since everyone already knows we are going to work on some image or the other. The fact is that the above effect doesn't work well if the image is too dark or has lots of background. In case it has lots of unwanted background just try to remove them by using an eraser or using the lasso tool. If you don't want to waste your time cleaning the background then make sure you select a picture which has minimum background or one which a single colour background which is easy to replace.
This is a way of converting the colour picture into a grayscale one. You can find the option for desaturate under
Image -> Adjustments -> Desaturate. Or you can use the shortcut key
Shift+Ctrl+U. You might ask what is the necessity of this step. Well not all pictures are bright. So the next step is to brighten the picture. If you do the brightening in the original picture you may not realize the change, whereas in a grayscale image, its easy to notice the change.
3. Brightness & Contrast
This step is essential because if there are too many shadows then the final ouput may out exactly look like the image you were working, rather it will look like one big black object. So increase the brightness & contrast by going to
Image -> Adjustments -> Brightness/Contrast. How much should you brighten, well just about enough brightness to remove some of the shadows from the face. Just play around with this to get the perfect brightness & contrast.
Next you have to apply the threshold effect to get a black & white image. The default threshold level is 128, the more the value the more will be the details. But if it becomes too large then you end up with a black blob. You can find this effect under
Image -> Adjustments -> Threshold. I used a value close to 160.
Then apply the diffuse effect. You can find this effect under
Filter -> Stylize -> Diffuse. Once in the Diffuse window select the mode as Anisotropic. Or you can use a Gaussian blur in the range of 0.25 to 0.5 which has a similar effect.
After step 5 create a new layer by going to the menu
Layer -> New -> Layer or use the shortcut key
Shift+Ctrl+N. Now in the new layer use the Gradient tool from the toolbox. You can then choose the foreground and background colour from the toolbar and then apply the gradient to the newly created layer. Then change the layer mode of the new layer to screen. You can change the layer mode by first activating the layer window by going to
Window -> Layers or use the shortcut key
F7. In the layers window you will find a drop down box using which you can change the mode to screen. At the end of this step you get the final image.
After this you can further add a name or caption to the picture. This is the final image which I created by following the above steps.Technorati Tags: photoshop tutorial, gradient, diffuse, grayscale, tutorial, silhouette, rakesh, rakesh 2.0 likes to blog