As prescribed by Paulina Constancia

Silhouette Study 5- Life in Motion

This week (Feb 27 to March 3) is dedicated to silhouettes and the many ways to enjoy this powerful art form.

“Leap into Spring!”
a silhouette collage inspired by Erin’s grand jeté
by Paulina Constancia

While looking for an action photo to use for this Life in Motion silhouette study, I found a perfect shot of my niece Erin executing a grand jeté at one of her performances last year. I’ve had the privilege of watching her develop as a fabulous dancer through the years during our family visits to B.C. Her annual Christmas recital is something we look forward to. And if we are not fortunate to catch it, we always receive a DVD and some photos in the mail to keep track of her progress. This photo is from one of the performances we missed and when I saw it, it made me think of Spring, what burst of life and energy! This project is my way of saying, “Erin, we are very proud of you!”

You’ll Need:
Photo 1- a live action shot
Photos 2, 3 & 4 – different patterns or landscapes for the silhouette design 

Note: It is best to have some colours to guide you as you look for the images to use for the silhouette. Believe me, this will save you a lot of time. When I picked the twirls/landscape for silhouette design -I was thinking about the burst of colour/life that is Spring. I also kept in mind the favourite colours of Erin – pink, purple, blue.

Here are the Steps:

  1. Using Pixelmator, create a new image 4″ x 6″ (300 dpi)
  2. Drag in photos 1-4, they will come in as separate layers. Make sure that the parts of photo 2-4 that you want to use are big enough to match the size of the action profile.
  3. Trace the action profile on photo 1 using a lasso tool.  I used the polygonal lasso tool which lets you do custom tracing step by step. 
  4. Once you have traced the silhouette select the photo 2 layer, and choose copy & paste. This creates a new layer with your action silhouette. Select photo 3, and choose copy & paste, this makes another layer for your second action silhouette.Select photo 4, copy & paste to make the last layer for the third action silhouette.
  5. Repeat step 4 as many times as you need to, depending on the number of design/landscape layers you wish to apply the traced silhouette to.
  6. Select white background layer and change it to the colour of your choice.
  7. Print and hang or use as an image for a greeting card.
Here are the images I used for this project:
Photo 1-Action Shot
Erin’s grande jeté


Photos 2 to 4 – patterns/landscapes for silhouette design
Source for #2 & #3: Dario Genovese



The Final Result: “Leap into Spring!”
A Silhouette Collage inspired by Erin 
a young, talented and dedicated Canadian dancer




One comment on “Silhouette Study 5- Life in Motion

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