Sunset Silhouette

In this tutorial, we will learn how to create a sunset silhouette in Photoshop. Sometimes, you can need an outline-type silhouette rather than an actual photo to illustrate your project. We will learn how to make that by using the Gradient and Threshold tools.

Sunset Silhouette

To create a sunset silhouette, you’ll need:

  • Any recent version of Photoshop
  • A picture with clearly defined outlines

Step 1

Open your image in Photoshop. I will be using this one:

Sunset Silhouette Original

Now, go to Image > Adjustments > Threshold and move the arrow so that the subjects you want to be visible are black. For my photo, I set the Threshold level to 90.

Sunset Silhouette Threshold

Step 2

We will now remove the white pixels, but before that we need to make the background layer into a normal layer. Double-click the background layer, name it whatever you want and click OK.

Sunset Silhouette Background Layer

There are various ways of selecting the white pixels. I will do it by selecting the Magic Wand Tool. Uncheck the Contiguous option and set the Tolerance value to 0.

Sunset Silhouette Magic Wand Tool

Now, click anywhere on the white part of your image to select it and then press Backspace to delete it.

Sunset Silhouette Delete

Step 3

Next, create a new layer by clicking on the New Layer option on the bottom of the layers palette. Drag the new layer below your background layer that you renamed in the last step.

Sunset Silhouette New Layer

If your image is still selected, grab the Marquee Selection Tool and click anywhere on the picture to deselect it.

Next, select the Gradient Tool and set white as the foreground color and #ffa800 as the background color.

Sunset Silhouette Gradient Colors

Make sure the new layer we created just now is selected and then click and drag from the top of the image to about a fourth from the bottom. To maintain a straight line, press and hold the Shift key while making the gradient.

Sunset Silhouette Gradient

And we’re done! The sunset silhouette tutorial is complete!

Sunset Silhouette

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