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« on: May 20, 2007 08:20:58 AM »

I really would like to make a stencil of my doggie- i'm having problems making the actual stencil because i can't get it right so where you can tell its a dog -but without having all of the little hair cut outs... you know what i mean?
Heres a picture of him- not the picture i'm trying to use as a stencil -but just to give you can idea...

Any tips/advice would be GREAT!
« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2007 04:00:47 PM »

Can you adjust the image in a photo editor to make edges more defined somehow?  use one of the special effects features perhaps.
i'm no expert though. just a thought. Undecided
« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2007 04:16:56 PM »

use a fairly high resolution photo, for starters...one with a decent amount of contrast. Isolate the image you want to stencil (by cutting it out in photoshop, or creating a mask). Then convert the image to black and white. If you have photoshop and want to do a 3 colour stencil, click "posterize". I tried it on your photo, but its fairly pixelated. If you want a singe colour stencil, posterize it first and then play around with the contrast levels, you should be able to get a fairly decent stencil.
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« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2007 01:12:31 PM »

Could you post the picture you're going to use? I'm really bad at trying to explain things, but if I can actually do something it's easier to explain and write down.

GrandTheftUno explained it pretty good though. Usually messing with the brightness and contrast will get you somewhere. If you don't have Photoshop, you can use those same tools in Microsoft Word. That's how I used to make my stencils before I got Photoshop and it worked fine.

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« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2007 11:37:01 AM »

Everyone has given you some great advice. I would also suggest posting the one that you are actually trying to use so that we might be able to help you out with the stencil!

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