Here is a quick and easy tutorial on how to turn your photography into a stencil.
- Get an simple photography of yourself (or whatever picture you want to make a stencil out of).
- Open the image in photoshop.
Step 1: (picture 2):
Image>Adjustments>Posterize - Posterize to about level 10. You don't want it to look too different yet.
Image>Adjustments>Threshold - Slide the bar around until you see something that looks like a stencil. Try to make the stencil as simple as possible, aim for a threshold of around 100.
Step 3 (picture 3):
Right now you image should look like a very rough outline. You will want to soften it down like this.
Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur - Set the radius to a level that still leaves a distinct image, 4 pixels should do it on the Gaussian Blur slider.
Step 4 (picture 4 & 5)
Posterize it again, this time at 2 levels. Your image is now done. You can print it out however you want and all you need to do is cut it out of the paper.
I hope you enjoy!