The first thing you want to do is find a photo. It's best to pick a photo that doesn't have a ton of background. I went with this picture of me and my daughter paddle boarding. It's obviously a color photo and while you can trace a color photo I find it easier to trace a black and white image since the trace feature works on finding contrast. Never did I think I'd share a picture of me in a bathing suit on this blog....but...
To change your photo to black and white go to PicMonkey > Click 'EDIT' > navigate to your photo. Once the photo is open click on the icon along the left side that looks like a wand with some stars (in blue along the left side). Scroll down until you find 'black and white' then click Apply.
Now click the very top icon (in blue along the left side) and pick 'Exposure'. Move the bars around until the blacks and whites are pretty drastic. The contrast bar is a good one for this.
Save the photo and then reopen it Silhouette Studio by dragging and dropping. If you need a step by step tutorial on opening PicMonkey images in Studio read this tutorial.
And we're ready to trace...
Click the Trace icon (in blue along the top bar) > Select Trace > Select around the photo > TRACE. You'll have red lines everywhere and it will look like a whole big mess.
So go back to your jpeg and trace again. Only this time, you want to UNCHECK high pass filter and adjust the threshold. Finish your trace by clicking 'TRACE' and again fill in the red cut lines with black fill and black lines. These are what your two traces look like.
Neither is perfect (although some may want to go with the second trace alone), but when we layer them together, we get the best trace with the most detail. So go ahead and move one on top of the other.
Now you can print, print and cut, cut on vinyl, black cardstock, sketch...there are so many options. I decided to print mine on printable Silhouette cotton canvas (because can you honestly image me trying to weed that water?!) and it turned out beautifully!
Here's a close up so you can see the texture of the canvas sheets material.
Next week, I'll be sharing how I took this photo one step further by adding a custom color background...all designed in Silhouette Studio.
Looking for more ideas for this <<<< printable canvas sheet? Check this out.
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