Its taken me a little while to decide my next freezer paper stencilling step. But its become clear - I would like to have a go at turning a photo of a digger like this, into a stencil (.... isn't this everyone's dream?). Er, maybe not this particular digger .... though it was a particular favourite with certain members of the family, who happily posed in front of it (see bottom left corner, for proud, small boy).
If I understand the small amount of reading that I have done, I will need to convert a photo to grayscale and then adjust the brightness and contrast until the image is two toned. Simple, right? Or maybe not. I don't own Photoshop, so I might have a bit of work ahead of me.
Goals for this week
- Read about creating a two-toned image
- Work out the best way to create a two-toned image with an application on my PC
- Read about how islands and bridges are best used to keep the whole show together (or not)
- Create a stencil from a two-toned image
I'm going to have a look through Crafster's stencilling FAQ and do a bit of Googling, to see what information I can come up with. Despite not owning Photoshop I still think this tutorial at Photoshop Lab is great. I also like this one over at Melissa Clifton's site. They give a fantastic idea of what you are trying to achieve. I am going to try and find the simplest way possible to create my two-toned digger making do with the software I've got (any suggestions welcome!).
Let's see how I go ... I'll let you know on Thursday.