This method took about three hours, but looks pretty good in my opinion.
Step 1: Materials
- Serrated knife
- Pin/ needle/ sharp point
- Computer, Printer, Paper
- Speedball Carving kit (or something similar)
- Marker/ felt tip pen
- Lightbulb (testing how it looks)
Step 2: The Guts
- carve a circle around the stem, with the blade slanted inward so that the top doesn't fall into the pumpkin.
- use a spoon to scoop out the guts and put them into a bowl. I saved my seeds.
- Keep scraping out the inside with a spoon until it is relatively smooth.
- If you aren't going to carve all of the way through the pumpkin make sure to carve a big enough hole in the back or top that the candles still get oxygen.
Step 3: Prepare the Image
- Open the photo with a picture editor of your choice. I used ColorSync Utility, a program that comes free with Mac OS X.
- Turn the saturation all the way down, turn the contrast all the way up.
- Adjust the brightness and exposure until to get the clearest image.
- Crop the photo and check the scale using a piece of printer paper
- print it out