Creating a 3 Part
Multi Layer Stencil using Adobe Photoshop:
In this tutorial
we show you step-by-step how to create a nice 3 part multi layered stencil
from a photo you might have. Here we take a photo of Muhammad Ali and
turn it into a 3 part Stencil. (7 Steps, 3 Parts)... Part 1 - Part
2 - Part 3
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Step 1: Clean the
First, use the Crop tool to
define the area of the stencil, click and drag the box, then double
click the inside.
Using the Erase Tool ,
erase any part that you don’t want in the stencil. It’s
a good idea to zoom in for this.
Step 2. Adjust the Contrast.
For this image, the shorts for Muhammad Ali are just too
bright, so I selected them and (using Image> Adjust Brightness and
Contrast) brought down the brightness and brought up the contrast.
Then, I unselected the shorts and adjusted the brightness/contrast for
the entire image. You don’t want to do 100% contrast just yet.
(Brightness -29, Contrast +80)
Step 3. Convert the file and set layers
Go to Image>Mode>Grayscale. If it asks to Flatten
The Image, don’t do it at this time.
With the image in grayscale, go to Filter>Artistic>Cutout.
Depending on how many layers you want, this is where you edit it. We
only want 3 layers.
To make it easier to cutout, we only need an Edge Fidelity of 1 and
an Edge Simplicity of 2.
We now have our image down to only 3 colors, next we need
to create stencils for each of those colors, Black, Gray and White..