Create Pop Art Silhouettes

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Create Pop Art Silhouettes By JP Kabala You’ve seen it on television, in magazines, and on the Web — that Pop-Art silhouette advertising look that’s everywhere these days—Bright, high- contrast colors, bold graphics, and a retro look. It’s actually a lot easier to do than it looks. All you need is a photo, some clipart from one of those disks we all seem to have someplace, a Picture Tube™ or even a Poser rendering—the only trick is in getting the details right and in getting the edges crisp and clean. To do that, we’re going to use Paint Shop Pro 9, and to get that razor sharp segmentation of the background with ease, we’re going to talk about a feature that has been in the software for a while now that many people never really use: Snap to Guides. What you’ll need: Jasc ® Paint Shop Pro ® 9 Sample image DoverSample1.jpg Sample image discoguy.png When you complete this tutorial, you’ll be able to: Use the Guides and the Snap to Guide feature for precision Create a Color Block Effect Use the Find all Edges command Use Edge Preserving Smooth to suppress JPG artifacts Adjust Threshold Create Silhouettes
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Create Pop Art Silhouettes Page 1 Create the Color Block Background 1. 2. Create a new 640 x 480 image with a white raster background. In the View menu, turn on both Rulers and Guides. Click the left side Ruler and Drag out a horizontal guide. Place a guide at the 320-pixel mark on the horizontal axis. 3. To be certain that your guide is at the 320 mark, double- click the small notch that appears on the ruler. That will bring up the Guide Properties dialog and you can make any necessary changes there. You can place a guide precisely by typing in the exact placement there. You can also change the guide’s color, if you like, by clicking the color swatch and picking a new color—I changed mine to red to make them easier for you to see. 4. Repeat the procedure on the vertical axis, dragging down from the top Ruler to place a guide at the 240 mark.
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Create Pop Art Silhouettes Page 2 5. 6. 7. The guides have visually divided the canvas up into four equal rectangles. Now, we’re going to do something that makes filling those rectangles with color precisely a lot easier. Double-click a blank area of the ruler (to the left of the 0 mark or to the right of the 640 mark are probably easiest). This will open the Grid, Guide & Snap Properties dialog. To make it simple for us to align our selections to the guides we just created; increase the Snap Influence in the Current to 50. What this tells Paint Shop Pro is that if you get within a 50 pixel range of the guide the software knows to move your item to align with the guide (Fifty pixels, by the way, is a unreasonably high number chosen purely to make this demo very obvious. The default 15 pixel setting, or often much less, is what I use in real work.) When you’ve made the change, click OK. 8. 9. Now there’s one more step. We have to turn on “nap to Guides by pressing Shift+Alt+G. Now we’re ready to start filling in those four rectangles with color. Press the S key to bring up the Selection Tool. When the Tool Options Palette refreshes, make the following choices: s Selection type: Rectangle s Mode: Replace s Feather: 0 s Anti-alias: unmarked
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Create Pop Art Silhouettes Page 3 10. Beginning in the upper left corner, click and drag a selection down and toward the right. When you get anywhere near the guides (thanks to our overkill setting of 50) the edge of your selection will automatically align with them. Release the mouse button when it does, and note that your selection marquee is perfectly placed. Notice that the color of your guide will change when the selection and the guide are perfectly aligned. 11. Press F to activate the Flood Fill Tool (or choose the paint bucket icon on the Tools toolbar). On the Tool Options Palette, look to be certain the following parameters are set: s Match Mode: None s Blend: Normal s Opacity: 100 12. On the Materials palette. Place a bright blue color in the foreground swatch. (I chose HTML color code #5BAEF5.) Click once inside the selection to fill the area with color. When the area is filled, press CTRL+D to deselect the area. 13. Repeat the procedure for the other three areas, The color I chose for those rectangles were: s #91C37B- (sour apple green, in the upper right) s #FC285A- (cherry red, in the lower right) s #FDC327- (a sort of picnic mustard yellow, in the lower left) 14. Now if you go to the View menu and turn off the Guides, your image will have all of your edges perfectly aligned! Note: that Snap to Guides magic only works when the guides are visible, so by turning them off for now, we’ve stopped Paint Shop Pro 9 from automatically realigning things for us.
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Create Pop Art Silhouettes Page 4 Create the Silhouettes 15. Open the image DoverSample1. You may not know there are all sorts of places to get legitimate free clipart on the Web, and one of them is Dover Publications, one of the most popular publishers of inexpensive clipart books and CDs. If you sign up for their newsletter, once a week they’ll send you links to about a dozen sample images. That’s where DoverSample1 came from. (A First Ladies paper dolls collection) Laura Bush isn’t going to be very recognizable when we’re done, but the image is a good example of one that will translate well to silhouette. 16. Duplicate the background layer by choosing Layer > Duplicate. Paint Shop Pro 9 will create a new copy of the Background layer on the top of the layer stack and name it Copy of Background. 17. Making sure that you are working on Copy of Background (it will be highlighted in the Layer Palette and the name of the active layer will display in the Windows title bar) and choose Effects > Edge Effects > Find All. 18. Ack! Where did all those squares come from? Those are JPG artifacts, little blocks of color created when an image is compressed for the Web. Usually, they are all but invisible, but right now they’re getting in our way. Now, I could have just banished them before you saw them, but I like to keep these lessons as true to the real world as possible. If you were using the image as I received it from Dover, it would have artifacts. Luckily, Paint Shop Pro 9 has a great tool for vaporizing them—but we have to use it before we apply Find All edges, so press CTRL+Z to undo the Find All edge command, and choose Adjust > Add/Remove Noise > Edge Preserving Smooth. When the dialog opens, set the slider to 2, and click OK. Now, re-run Effects > Edge Effects > Find All and you’ll get a much smoother and more usable result. 19. Right now, let’s create the base portion of our silhouette. For now, hide this layer by clicking the eye icon in the Layer Palette. 20. Copy the Background layer again. This time, choose Adjust > Brightness and Contrast > Threshold. If you’ve never used this command before, what it does is tell Paint Shop Pro 9 that all pixels brighter than the set point will be changed to pure white, and all values darker than that point will be replaced with black. No gray, just pure black or pure white. It is a very simple dialog with only one setting.
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Create Pop Art Silhouettes Page 5 21. When the dialog opens, if you press the Reset to Default icon (the curved arrow at the top, next to the Presets drop-down list) what you’ll see in the right pane is a black and white rendering, but not really a silhouette. Move the slider to the 208 setting, and click OK. We’ll need to do some touching up, but we want to leave her hands white for effect. 22. Take a regular paintbrush and paint with black over the features of the face and neck. Change the paint color to white and emphasize the buttons on her jacket. You can ignore everything below the tips of her fingers, because we won’t be using that portion of the image. 23. Now make the hidden Copy of Background layer visible again. 24. Change the Layer Blend Mode to Difference and lower the Opacity of the layer to 50%. 25. Choose Adjust > Color Balance > Negative Image. 26. Merge the layers. Now take the paintbrush with the black paint again and get rid of the facial features. And do any other little touchups you feel the shape might need (I painted over the but tons on the jacket flaps because I thought they looked wrong).
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Create Pop Art Silhouettes Page 6 27. You can prepare the disco dancing man in much the same way. He’s a photographic image from a Hemera collection called BizArt. It doesn’t really matter whether the images you use are photos or clip art as long as they have a clear image and definable edges. In fact, you can even use Picture Tubes, as you’ll see in a second example I’ve provided. But our dancing buddy was included to demonstrate a very specific point, something you might run into when using your own images. So much of his image is white that you will need to move the threshold slider all the way to the right to turn the base silhouette black. When you change the outlined layer to a negative and lower the opacity before you merge the two layers together, you’ll get the same white lines on a black background that we produced with the First Lady in her dark suit. And, while I didn’t demonstrate it here, there wasn’t much contrast between his suit and the original background. Don’t be afraid to desaturate the image to check for contrast and/or use any of the other Paint Shop Pro 9 contrast adjustments to exaggerate the contrast before running the Threshold adjustment. Add Silhouettes to a Background 28. Make DoverSample 1 your active image and copy the merged image to the clipboard (by pressing CTRL+Shift+C). 29. Switch back to our multicolored background image. 30. Press CTRL +L to paste the silhouette as a new layer. Our figure is quite a bit larger than the canvas, so use the Mover Tool to position her as shown. 31. To get rid of the white border areas, select the Magic Wand Tool. In the Tool Options Palette, set the following parameters: s Mode: Replace s Match Mode: RGB Value s Tolerance: 20 s Contiguous: Marked s Sample Merged: Unmarked s Feather: 4 s Anti-alias: Marked 32. Now click once in the border area with the Magic Wand to select the white, press the Delete key, and then CTRL+D to deselect. If a small border of white pixels remains around the outer edges, (and it will, thanks to the feather setting) simply use the Eraser Tool to get rid of it. It is far easier to erase that feathered outer border than to deal with the “jaggies” around the black edges of the silhouette that would remain if we hadn’t feathered the selection.
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Create Pop Art Silhouettes Page 7 33. Bring the male silhouette in to the image in the same way. Rather than allowing him to overlap the canvas, however, press D to make the Deform Tool active. Click and drag the handles to place and resize the figure. Here’s a tip you might not know! If you hold down the right mouse button (rather than the left) while you drag on a corner handle, it resizes the selection proportionately. 34. Add a new Raster layer to the top of the stack. Using the color white and a two-pixel brush, draw in some headphone cords and a small box over the female figure and just some cords vanishing into the jacket of the male figure. 35. The “African Wildlife” example shown was done with the Zoo Animals Picture Tubes and, for the traditionalists in the crowd, “Darling Daughter” was created from a snapshot of a friend’s child as a birthday gift for her father. With a little extra painting and touchup to bring out the highlights in her hair and an elegant silver frame, it now resides on Dad’s desk, with both a fresh modern look and a nod to tradition. Except got the hairstyle, this one almost wouldn’t look out of place on the wall in a 19th century parlor.
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Create Pop Art Silhouettes Page 8 Next Steps: Don’t think you’ll ever need to create something like this? Maybe not, but even so, don’t discount Threshold’s usefulness in creating a high-contrast black and white version of your image. That’s all for this time. As always, have fun with Paint Shop Pro 9, and think about some ways the techniques demonstrated in this tutorial can make your work more creative, easier, or just more enjoyable. (There’s nothing wrong with having fun while you work, you know!)
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