Stencil look in Photoshop, how? (Need help) :)

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Post 3+ Months Ago

Hey!

Below you can see a Che Guevara image i've picked up on the net.
I know how to do photos black & white, and by ajusting the contrast i can get it more or less as the Che image below. The thing i need help with is how to make those smooth edges? Whenever i do something in a stencil look, it always gets very sharp and pixel-like in the edges.

Any tips how i get my stencil images to get nice and smooth edges like the attached image below? Any help at all is apprechiated :)

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Post 3+ Months Ago

It looks to me as though this was done with vectors. Either manually, or by way of an application, the photo was redrawn in vectors and then re-exported as a bitmap.

My tool of choice for this kind of work is Adobe Illustrator. However, I've used Flash for the same purpose.
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Post 3+ Months Ago

Aha i see. I've got it in some larger format also, it's just so
heavenly nice to look at the nice and smooth edges. :)
Is it hard to apply this "image-effect" in Illustrator?
Got the program, but haven't really tried it that much yet :)
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It's not really an effect. In Illustrator, I would have manually traced it with the pen tool. There's an application call Adobe Streamline that will trace a bitmap image, but it would still take quite a bit of editing to get it to that smooth point. Flash has a conversion function as well, however I've never found it to be very exacting. No matter how you do it, it takes some work to get it right.
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Post 3+ Months Ago

try a combination of sharpen / blur in the filter menu,

with the gaussian blur u can select the number of pixels u want to blur the picture with..

use the preview to get the disired effect / look

good luck and hope it helps ;)
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Post 3+ Months Ago

In photoshop, convert the image to grayscale (image->mode->grayscale), then use the stamp filter. It's under filters->sketch->stamp.
You'll have to play with the contrast afterwards, but it will get the effect you desire.

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