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02-09-2011, 03:23 PM
I've been playing around with stenciling for a few days and can't find this posted anywhere else, so I thought I'd share. If anyone has tips on how to improve the process please let me know!

We all know that creating a stencil in ArtRage is pretty easy when you have a simple shape and contrasting background, but when you don't it can be more challenging, especially if you want to incorporate the object's shading into the stencil. See below for step-by-step instructions.

02-09-2011, 03:27 PM

You'll need:
"Edges FX"
"Eraser Genuine"
possibly "Eraser Classic"

Save to the "filters" folder in your ArtRage "Resources" folder and they'll be available under Edit/Filters/Mehdi next time you start ArtRage

02-09-2011, 03:32 PM
IF the background is relatively monotone and contrasts with the main image, then you may be able to fill the background with a contrasting color and use the “Eraser Classic” preset my Mehdi to erase the background color; otherwise,

1. Open the photograph in ArtRage, set transparency to 50% or so
2. Create a new layer
3. Outline the image in the new layer

02-09-2011, 03:35 PM
After completing the outline:
1. Hide the photograph layer
2. Fill the outline solid black

02-09-2011, 03:37 PM
After filling in the outline:
1. Make stencil from layer
2. Unhide photograph layer
3. Invert stencil
4. Erase the photograph background around the stencil

02-09-2011, 03:41 PM
Apply Filter:

Edges FX
Set color to: Red- 255; Green- 0; Blue- 0
Turn intensity to 100
Leave blurring at 1%

02-09-2011, 03:44 PM
Use this filter to bring out additional shading/contrast in your image. I didn't want this for the example because it made the image too dark. But if your image is relatively monotone, you'll want to do this.

Apply Filter:

Edges FX
Sat Boost
Turn both settings to 100

02-09-2011, 03:46 PM
Apply Filter:

Eraser Genuine
Preserve color: Red- 255; Green- 0; Blue- 0
Erase color: play around with settings to minimize all colors other than red

02-09-2011, 03:48 PM
You're almost done! Make a stencil out of the layer, and clear your reference image.

02-09-2011, 03:50 PM
Have fun! :)

02-09-2011, 03:54 PM
Some other stencils I've done over the past few days below.

For all of these I erased the background by filling it with a contrasting color and then erasing the contrasting color with Mehdi's "Eraser Classic" filter because I hadn't figured out to outline it on another layer. But, for something like the branches one, that is definitely going to be the easier method of erasing the background anyway.

I also used the optional 2nd filter on all of these. It was just with this last one I was doing as an example that the 2nd filter darkened everything too much.

02-09-2011, 04:35 PM
These are really cool! Thanks for sharing this :)

02-10-2011, 07:32 PM
great tutorial Emily. thanks for putting the work in on the tutorial for us. and for the connection to the filters to use for the technique as well.
thanks for sharing the results of your experimenting.

02-11-2011, 06:16 PM
I did a cut-out of a tree in a stock photo from DA and thought I'd share the file if anyone wants to use for a stencil or sticker. The attached file is shrunk down, but full download is available at below link:


It's a png file, so the white part is clear