Step one ~ Take a "selfie" or have someone else take your photo. Make sure that you have a monotone background. A wall works really well for this. If you've got a photo that you'd like to use already, you can adjust it to work for our self portrait purpose. Here are several photos that I looked at:
|Several pictures that I had that I thought might work...|
To decide which photo I wanted to use, I decided to upload and crop them so that I could get an idea for how I looked, and how my background looked.
When you go to pixlr.com, you will see this:
|Click on "Open Image from Computer" and find the file you want to upload.|
|Crop: select "aspect ratio" constraint at width=8 and height-10.|
Make your face fill about 2/3 of the crop box.
|First thing to do is crop off possible portrait pictures|
so that your head or face fills most of the frame.
|Desaturate: Adjustment > Desaturate|
|The History window tells you the story of your editing. What step am I on?|
|The images above have been "Posterized" already. |
The only difference between the two is "Levels" adjustment.
|Adjust the levels: Adjustment > Levels|
|A pop up window appears with different slider buttons |
for adjusting the values of our photo.
|Move the white button slider to the left |
until you've almost touched the bottom of the mountain.
If there's a lot of space to the left of the mountains, you'll want to adjust the black button slider, too:
|Move the black button slider to touch the edge of the mountains.|
|Play around with the middle slider to see what happens. |
If you don't like what you did, press cancel.
If you feel like you made a mistake and you need to get back to a spot before the editing that you have done, head on over to the history window. It lets you move back and forward between steps to compare what you've done. However, once you make a move, it will replace any previous history (if you've gone backwards and made a move, you can't go forward to the step that you replaced).
|You can use your history window to go back and forth between actions.|
If you did something you don't like, just go back in time!
|Blur Effect: Filter > Gaussian Blur|
|If there's too much blur, then we lose detail and our final image|
doesn't have as many different values as it could have.
|Some photos won't need a blur effect. |
But, 20 is typically the highest setting we want to use.
Okay! We're almost ready for the last step! I bet you're glad for that, huh?
|Last step: Adjustment > Posterize|
|Change the Posterize level to "6"|
|My favorites are the third and fourth images.|
|File > Save. Then, name your photo and change the quality to 100.|
Quick guide: Open Image, Crop tool, Desaturate, Levels, Gaussian blur, Posterize