Silhouettes have the uncanny ability to be classic and elegant or creepy and dark depending on what the subject of the silhouette is. In fact, they can be both creepy and classic at the same time, which makes them the perfect centerpiece for an elegant Halloween invitation! While silhouette clip art is can be purchased on disk or for download, creating your own silhouettes is surprisingly easy. All you need is a digital camera and photo editing software.
For an invitation, tall and narrow silhouettes work best, but don’t stop short at faces in profile. Look around your house and yard for images that would suit a silhouette. A leafless tree or a side shot of your porch, a witches hat hanging on a coat hook.
Import your photo into your photo editing software and use the magnetic lasso tool to select only the parts of the photo you want to remove from your silhouette. Be sure to keep in as much detail as possible, crooked little branches and curvy doorknobs add interest and depth to your finished image. Delete the background from your photo and use your paint bucket tool to turn the remaining parts black.
Once you have a basic silhouette, it’s time to add it to your invitation. Decide on the finished size of your card and size the silhouette to fit. Most silhouettes will look best if the bottom of the image extends to the very edge of the card. Add your party information using the text tool, centering it in the remaining space on your card. Done! Wait for that flood of positive replies, and you have a party waiting to happen!