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To get started, back light your subject by placing it in between you and your light source. Take a photograph that shows a clear silhouette of your subject. To accentuate the silhouette further, adjust the brightness and contrast in Photoshop.
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There are many ways to get the silhouette of your subject, but in this project we are using Adobe Illustrator. Drag your photo into Adobe Illustrator and lock your layer. Pick your favorite writing implement and trace your silhouette in a new layer.
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Make sure your silhouette is a closed shape so that your knife can cut all the way around.
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Click on the eye of your photo layer again and you have your silhouette to print out. To print, cut and load your flocked paper onto the carrier sheet and into the cutter. Try different settings on your cutter depending on the thickness of your paper to make sure it will cut all the way through.
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Peel the silhouette out of the flocked paper and clean up any lines with small scissors.
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You can simply trace and cut the silhouette, bypassing the cutting machine altogether. You can put your silhouette on anything from a simple wood piece to a small rock.