Creating Stencils in Photoshop


To create a stencil like the one above good tools and effects to use are; Desaturation, Levels, Brightness & Contrast, and the Graphic Pen or Stamp Filters. I have found that the key issue with creating stencils from photos is the suitability of the original image. You will probably need to try the different effects above in different orders and strengths until you achieve the look you are after. Differing from the video I would use the paintbrush only towards the end of the process to neaten edges and change specific areas.

Wooster Collective has a fantastic range of stencils, I especially like the Sidewalk Psychiatry!

Video by Cutnspray

About hannah
Hannah works as a website designer for a digital agency based in the UK. She has over 15 years of experience using Photoshop and has been using it daily since 2005.

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