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Making a Black and White portrait to cut out of wood

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How would I make a black and white picture and make it so that I can make the picture so that I can cut it out of wood? The areas that need to be cut out are called islands.  I have a few friends that are in the military and would like to have a wooden picture of themselves for their families. Thanks for any help.

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Hi and Welcome:) to the forum.


If I understand you correctly, you want to make the image to look like wood?




1.  Have a wood texture on a layer of its own

2.  Have your photo/image on a transparent background on its own layer.

3.  Use the Select tool to 'select' the image

4.  Move to the wood layer and hit delete





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Adjustments/Posterize is useful in addition to Eli's suggestions.Then use the magic wand in global mode to select areas of equivalent tone.
Copy/paste these into their own layers and fill with a wood texture (I used clipwarp with no distortion but 'fill from clipboard' should work).

To just make a marquetry pattern, use Effects/Artistic/InkSketch after Posterize.


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