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Thread: Create Stencil with Shading from Photo

  1. Create Stencil with Shading from Photo

    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.
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  2. 1st: Download filters

    http://www.mehdiplugins.com/index.htm

    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

  3. 2nd Erase Background

    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
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  4. Erase Background continued

    After completing the outline:
    1. Hide the photograph layer
    2. Fill the outline solid black
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  5. Erase Background continued

    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
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  6. First filter

    Apply Filter:

    Edges FX
    Colorize
    Set color to: Red- 255; Green- 0; Blue- 0
    Turn intensity to 100
    Leave blurring at 1%
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  7. Second Filter - OPTIONAL

    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

  8. Third filter

    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
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  9. Make Stencil Out of Layer

    You're almost done! Make a stencil out of the layer, and clear your reference image.
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  10. Have Fun!

    Have fun!
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