February 7, 2016

DIY Wedding Silhouettes for Programs

Have you seen these adorable programs flying around Pinterest?! I am loving these Wedding Silhouette Programs.


I mean, they are pretty much amazing!! Well, going online and doing a Google search for the actual silhouette images, where they are free, proved to be quite the challenge. So…you know me and my cheap tendencies….I made my own!!:) And I am going to show you how I did made these wedding silhouettes for the programs I am currently working on. It is very customizable and you don’t have to use the images I did. You can make your wedding party look just like the lovely people in your wedding.

**Disclaimer-There are some amazing designers out there on Etsy that sell these already made programs and they are great, so if you don’t have the time, or if money is no issue, please check them out!! Here are a few of my favorites! Here, here and here. All amazing!

But…if you have the time and are on a budget, feel free to use this tutorial to make your own customizable wedding program silhouettes.

I used PSE (Photoshop Elements) to complete this tutorial. I know Photoshop would work as well.

Here is the ones I am currently working on for a friend’s wedding:

1. I will show you how I do this using the bridesmaids as an example. The way I am going to show you, the bridesmaids will all look the same, but you can change that up to have the flower girl in her own silhouette and the maid of honor different as well. Completely up to you. So, go to Google and do an image search for “bridesmaid dresses”. It will pull up a crap ton of images. All you are looking for is the dress that the person is wearing similar dresses..not specifically the dress, but rather the look of it. For example, the one I am doing has long dresses so I looked for an image of a girl in a long dress standing in a way that wasn’t unflattering or boring. You could even have them try on their dresses, take the picture, and upload it! OMG Perfect!!

2. Find the image you love, Right Click and “Save As…”.

3. Next, open that image in PSE (or other photo editing software that you have).

4. Right click on the background layer and select “Duplicate Layer“. This will bring up a new window asking you what you would like to name it. Just click “OK“. Click on the new layer and change the layer type to “Vivid Light” by clicking the drop down menu that says “Normal”. This will bring the image out more and it will be easier in the next step.

5. Using the Magnetic Lasso Tool, start to outline your image. There are spots in between the arms and the body, but we’ll get them in a minute. Just focus on carefully outlining your image.

6. Once you have the image outlined completely and have double clicked to complete the tool, you will see that there are “crawling ants” around the image. Then go to “Edit” and select “Copy“. Next, go to “File” and “New” and create a “Blank File“. I have mine 11 x 8.5 because it will be in landscape format on a regular sized piece of paper.

7. In your new file, paste the image. You will probably need to resize it so that all “body parts” are within the image.

8.  Click on the Layer to be sure that it is highlighted and then select the Magic Wand tool.

9. Click on the transparent area in the background and it will select everything around the image. Next, click on “Select” and then “Inverse“.

10. Now is the tricky part, as we are going to do the space between the arms and the body. With the “Inverse” selected, grab a brush tool and start coloring in the image. BUT be sure not to go over the spaces that are between the arms and the body (As seen below).

11. Grabbing the Magic Wand tool, click on the area between the arms and the body. Press “Delete” on your keyboard. This will change that area to transparent. Now, go to “Select” and then “Inverse“. Grab your paint brush again and carefully go over that area.

12. Repeat these same steps for the other side.

14. Tada!! Now, resize the image, copy it to make duplicates, change the color of the silhouette to match the bride’s color scheme, and arrange them how you want them to be on your programs. If you are not making your programs in PSE, you can save it as a .jpg and insert it into Word or another software program.

I hope this helps you guys as much as it has helped me for an upcoming wedding!! Let me know what you think! Also, if you have any questions, feel free to shoot me a comment or email and I’ll try my best to help you figure it out!

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  1. So great!! Now, can you stop by and help me figure out photoshop? Beyond turning it on, I have yet to be able to use it. Thanks!!

    • Lol, just get in there and make it your b*tch… the worst thing that could happen is you hate what you made and you don’t save it. I play around probably too much in there, but I love it!!;) I was so intimidated at first, but now I can’t stop!

  2. Great tutorial! Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday this week.

    I can’t wait to see what you link up next week. Have a great day.


  3. This is so cool!!! Great tutorial!

    Thanks for sharing at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!! :)

  4. This is a great tutorial!! TFS!! I’m stopping by from A Glimpse Inside linky party and your newest follower.

    Here is what I shared this week: http://craftybrooklynarmywife.blogspot.ca/2012/04/another-coat-for-holly.html

  5. Your tutuorial is great. I definitely would have wanted to do this for my wedding. It’s so elegant. Thanks so much for sharing at Whimsy Wednesdays.

  6. These are wonderful! Do you think you could email me any with short dresses that you made? I don’t have a good photo editing software like yours!

  7. Dear Katie, Is there anyway you would make a template of a program like this suited to my daughter’s wedding? Of course we would pay you for it. Thanks. Lorna

  8. Alyssa Baragar says:

    Are there additional steps that could add a bouquet? Of course you would choose a picture that has a girl with arms in the middle of the body. And how would you make the bouquet (and maybe dress as well) color but the rest of the body silhouette?

  9. ginger p says:

    I have attempted this several times and I just can not make it look good. My outline is not smooth at all. How did you make your outline using the lasso so smooth? Please help I have searched high and low on the internet and can’t find any good answers to help me. Thank YOU!

  10. Thank you, Katie! So simple!

    However… I got to the very end, and couldn’t figure out how to change the color of the silhouette (probably the easiest step there is).

    Could you (or someone) help, please?

    Thank you again for your help!

  11. Holy cow you’re my hero!! :-D I’ve been trying to find the ones I want ALLLLLL Day. This is so much better.

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