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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Free Elephant Clip Art!- How to make your own




My friend needed an elephant silhouette for a craft project she was doing.  She asked me to draw one and I said "just google it!  I'm sure there tons of free clip art elephants out there!"  I was wrong.  There were tons, but they were all like $10 bucks.  So I said, "Let's make our own and give it away for free!"  So that's what we did!  So, please, feel free to use away!  Or, you can make your own in Photoshop.
1st-  Google search royalty free photographs of the silhouette you want.  Animals work great!  Flickr is an amazing source.  Once you find your image, transfer it into Photoshop or similar program.
Then, select the outline of your image.  In Photoshop, I first used the magnet lasso and carefully pulled it along the edge of the elephant.  It helps to zoom waaaay in on your image.  If you mess up in places, don't sweat it.  Just get it as best you can.  Once you've got it selected, use the masking tool to fix any mess ups.  Once you have it in mask mode, you can fine tune the edges with a small brush.
Then, switch the mask back over so your image is selected perfectly :)  in my case, not-so-perfectly-but-good-enough!  I'm all about being "good enough!"
Then, open up a new page and drag your selected image over to your new canvas.  You should have your selected image against a white background.  Then all you have to do is black it out with your paint bucket.  To do this, select the paint bucket and make sure your color is set to black.  Fill the image by clicking in various areas over the entire animal.  Careful not to click outside the lines!  If you do, your entire background will be black.  Use your go back option.  I use that a lot in Photoshop.
You can also set your contrast to dark and use a paintbrush to fill in the fine lines.

4 comments:

  1. just found your image by googling =) i need this for a project. Thanks for the steps on how to do your own and thanks for the free graphic!!

    ashleewray.blogspot.com

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  2. Thanks for the image, and the tutorial!

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  3. Thanks for the pic - I'll remember if I get to put to good to let you know.

    Thanks again
    All the best
    Geoerdie Gardiner

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  4. BTW

    If you check the link below you might get an idea why I am looking for an Elephant.

    http://safckeroche.blogspot.co.uk/

    Thanks again
    All the best

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