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CREATING THE SILHOUETTE
Step 1. Cut out and resize the figure you want to make a silhouette of. Nina has a good tutorial on how to cut out people and hair. For the purposes of this tutorial I’m using one of her precut images.
Step 2. We are going to use the Gradient Map tool to create the silhouette. So select the layer with the cut out image and then in the menu bar select Image > Adjustments > Gradient Map. On the Gradient Map popup select Transparent Stripes and click OK. And yay silhouette Sherlock appears!
TEXTURING THE SILHOUETTE
Step 1. Add the texture you want to a new layer, set to Lighten, and position as you see fit over the silhouette. Here I’ll be using textures by Tanja.
Step 2. If I want to add another texture in the background, I will add the texture as a new layer underneath the silhouette layer.
Step 3. Ok now for the tricky bit. Right click on the Layer thumbnail of the silhouette layer and click Select Pixels. Then go to the menu bar and select Select > Inverse. Now click on the top texture layer, go to the menu bar and select Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal All. Finally go to the menu bar and select Edit > Fill… and then click OK. All done! \(^_^)/
Download the PSD. You can of course add more textures and colouring effects, but that’s it for the silhouetting part. I hope you enjoyed the tutorial and please have fun experimenting!