Silhouettes have a timeless appeal, capturing the essence of a moment in a striking and artistic way. Let me show you how you can create a beautiful silhouette from an average phone photo in less than 10 minutes using Canva!
I knew that I wanted side profile portraits of my kids. I’ve been collecting snapshots of their pouty lips, long eyelashes, and button noses this way since they were little. Side profiles are a great subject for silhouette portraits – they give enough depth and detail to make a silhouette that is both beautiful and discernible.
In order to capture these details, I had each child stand in the same place, facing the same way on a white wall, that was near the natural light of a window. The natural light helps capture the details in the eyelashes super well and the white background creates a simple, neutral contrast. For the girls, I opted to have their hair up to make their own silhouettes more personalized – catching the length and wisps of their hair.
What is Canva? Canva is an online graphic design/editing program that you can use to make presentations, posters, and original designs! We’ve found it to be the best tool to edit your image. Canva is also the software we use to make our Pinterest posts!
The best part about all of this is, while you can access Canva on your computer, you can download the Canva app right onto your phone and do all the editing right there. Uploading your photo into the Canva app is a much simpler process!
2. Tap the ‘Effects’ tab again and click on the ‘Duotone’ tab and select ‘Custom’. Then change both the highlights and the shadows to black. This will give us an all-black silhouette.
3. Next find the drawing tool. Using a white color, create the bottom shape and voila’ you’re finished!
4. Optional: Adding text. I decided to add all the kids’ age in small calligraphy near the bottom. Feel free to add a name, date, quote or nothing at all.
5. Save your silhouette file as a PNG in order to maintain the quality of your photo and print all right from your phone! Once you have the silhouette photos, the fun begins as you can do anything with the finished product! This includes making it into a silhouette cutout, laminating them for your fridge, gluing them onto handmade cards, etc. I chose to print all of our photos on a thicker cardstock, and then place them into our favorite magnetic frames and display them on our living room wall.
I get questions weekly about our Frame TV art. We’ve had our original Frame TV for around 5 years now and I have loved it so much! It’s seriously like having a piece of artwork that is interchangeable for the seasons. I enjoy it more as artwork than for tv viewing.
When we finished our basement renovation project, everyone begged for a second tv, so some could enjoy a football game and others could watch a hallmark Christmas movie. I said, ok, on the condition that it would be another Frame TV. Everyone was happy!
While silhouette creation is versatile, photos with clear outlines and well-defined subjects tend to have the best results. It might take some trial and error to take an image that will give you a discernible outline of an object/photography subject. This is part of the creative process! In general, full body pictures and pictures of nature (trees, flowers, etc.) will give you a pretty clear silhouette.
When resizing, ensure the ‘Lock’ icon is engaged to maintain proportions and to prevent distortion. Saving in high resolution also helps retain quality.
Absolutely, It’s my favorite way to create quickly! After using Canva for so many years, I’ve found it to be the easiest way to create online designs and the best silhouette creator app!
Start crafting your silhouette masterpiece today! Tag me on social media #heartysol if you give this a try!
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