Here is a picture of Meredith taken about a year ago. First, I have to say, it's amazing to look at this picture, because she still looks like a little girl whereas now she is definitely almost a woman.
Olivia took this picture for a music video they made. The girls like to take a lot of stills and set them to music to make a story--this was before Santa brought them a Flip--and generally Liv is the director and Meredith is the star. I've always loved this picture because Meri is just so beautiful and so herself in it. On camera, yet lost in the music.
So, when I pre-viewed Maria Elkins "Making Faces" DVD at work the other day and saw how easy it could be to make a fabric portrait from a photo, I knew I would try it on this photo. This is as far as I've gotten:
As you can see, you crop the photo, adjust the contrast and then use the filter tool to "posterize" the image, giving you four distinct shadings. The next step is to outline each of the shaded or highlighted areas, marking them 1-4 (lightest to darkest). Then you cut out the pieces from different fabrics and put it back together.
When I get to the next step, I'll show you. If nothing else, I'm learning to delve into areas of Photoshop I hadn't dared to try before.