A picture is worth a thousand words, but sometimes you only need a summary, an outline. A silhouette of an image can be used in all sorts of ways: a logo, a background, a t-shirt design. But how can you make a silhouette from a photo?

It's not as hard as you'd think! Here's what you'll need to do:

  1. Upload your photo to the Kapwing Studio
  2. Remove the background and make the photo solid black
  3. Process & download

Step 1: Upload your photo to the Kapwing Studio

You can find your photos anywhere on the Internet (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google Images, Google Drive, etc.) since Kapwing lets you easily import pictures from almost any site. All you need to do is copy the link to the photo or its webpage. And if you’ve saved your pictures onto your device, just make sure you know where they’re located in your file browser.

Drag & drop you photo into the Studio for a quick upload

To upload your content, just go to Kapwing.com and click “Get Started.” Or, if you're already signed in, click "New Project," then "Start with Studio." This will take you to the Kapwing Studio, where you can use all of Kapwing’s editing tools in one place. Once you’re in the Studio, either select “Click to Upload” and search in your file browser, or paste the link to the picture you want to upload. If your picture is easily accessible, you can also drag & drop it into the Studio window, and it will upload automatically.

Step 2: Remove the background & make the photo solid black

Once your picture is fully uploaded to the Studio, click on it and select “Erase” from the menu on the right. The first thing you should do is click on a part of the background with the magic wand tool, which will automatically select a large section of the background for you to remove. Double-check the area that is selected and click "Remove Pixels" in the right-hand menu. Click on different parts of the background to remove as much as possible – depending on the picture, you might be able to erase everything you want with the magic wand tool alone!

The Magic Wand tool can remove your entire background in just a couple clicks

If you need some more precise control, select "Erase" from the right-hand menu and click & drag your cursor over the sections of your photo that you want to make transparent. If the eraser tool is too large or too small, change its diameter by dragging the “Eraser Size” button to the left or right. And to be extra precise, pinch & drag on your trackpad or phone screen to zoom in on small areas of your photo.

For precise background removal, use the Eraser tool and draw the perfect outline

Once you're done erasing your background, return to the Studio and select "Adjust" from the right menu. Here, turn your picture's brightness all the way down. And if your photo isn't all black, turn its contrast all the way down, as well. Now your project is a perfect silhouette!

In the Adjust tool, turn the brightness all the way down to make a silhouette picture. 

Step 3: Process & download

Once you've erased everything you want from your photo, and made all the edits you need, click "Publish" in the upper right-hand corner. Kapwing will automatically work its magic and your PNG picture will be ready to download in no time! When your picture is finished processing, click “Download” from the right side of the screen.

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