Here is a relatively easy way to to take a photo of yourself, a friend, or a random celebrity and carve them into a jack-o-lantern.

The first half of this Instructable will show you how to create a carvable pattern while the second half will give tips on how to carve it into your pumpkin.

**Be sure to come back closer to Halloween to check out some more of my projects for this year.**

Step 1: Phase 1: Create Your Pattern

To carve a photo, first you have to find your photo. A good place to start is with photos of yourself, a friend, a boss, or a celebrity. If there is a good amount of contrast or shadow on the face in the photo, the carving process will be much easier.

You will also need photo editing software with some basic layer and brightness/contrast controls. I will be using a trusty old version of Adobe Photoshop. Gimp and other software should work just as well.
<p>I found an easier way to make a pattern. In Photoshop, once you have your picture converted to grey scale, I do tweak the contrast, highlights and shadows. There is a filter in artistic called Cutout. I set it to three colors and play with the other two setting to get the pattern I want.</p>
<p>That looks awesome.</p>
<p>could you remove the photoshop part of this by converting your photo to a 8- or 4-bit image? Or changed the image type to a .gif? (I know they have less colour resolution).</p><p>I don't know if this would work or anything but maybe it would be easier for us without any photo editing skill or programs.</p>
You might be able to get some basic pattern by converting it down, but you aren't going to have nearly as much fine control over detailed areas (such as the eyes) that you will need in most images. You could always try with an image and see if it works.
<p>When I increase the contrast all the way it still looks similar to the greyscale, I don't get a completely black and white image to work with. What could I be doing wrong? I put the contrast up to 100% but it still doesn't give me the outline I was expecting.</p>
<p>I am trying to do this photo: </p>
could you use corel draw for the editing
I'm sure you could, but I'm not familiar enough with it to know the exact comparable commands.
It's insane how well these turn out!
Here ya go!
These are my pumpkins using this technique from 2009 and 2011<br> <br>
Those are fantastic! Especially the one on the right.
http://www.google.com/imgres?q=harry+potter&amp;hl=en&amp;gbv=2&amp;tbm=isch&amp;tbnid=xooWJM7UJrQ5zM:&amp;imgrefurl=http://www.whitegadget.com/pc-wallpapers/140110-harry-potter-post243843.html&amp;docid=IGHu4NV4-Szj1M&amp;w=1508&amp;h=2100&amp;ei=2gyBTsTOM8TL0QHnyZHbDw&amp;zoom=1&amp;biw=1274&amp;bih=848&amp;iact=rc&amp;dur=103&amp;page=1&amp;tbnh=185&amp;tbnw=133&amp;start=0&amp;ndsp=22&amp;ved=1t:429,r:10,s:0&amp;tx=74&amp;ty=90 <br> <br>would anyone be able to convert this correctly? im not great with photoshop, and id like a professional to help me. It would be great if someone could help me edit this the way he explains, since im only 14 and im new to editing. Thanks in advance!
could someone edit these the way he discribes (professionally mind you meaning not by someone who is new to photoshop) i cant download it (my mom wont let me)<br> <br> <a href="http://www.boutiquecalandre.com/images/Vitesse/vit43-24015_DeLorean-BackFuture2.jpg">http://www.boutiquecalandre.com/images/Vitesse/vit43-24015_DeLorean-BackFuture2.jpg</a><br> and<br> <a href="http://mrbarlow.files.wordpress.com/2008/02/back-to-the-future.jpg?w=640">http://mrbarlow.files.wordpress.com/2008/02/back-to-the-future.jpg?w=640</a><br> plus could you make them bigger ,like to fit&nbsp;a pumpkin of&nbsp;these Dimensions&nbsp;<br> Height 17 IN&nbsp;<br> Width 14.5 IN&nbsp;<br> (aka this one <a href="http://store.funkins.com/funkin-natiello">http://store.funkins.com/funkin-natiello</a>&nbsp;to scale please<br> thank you
OK don't say us old people never do anything for you youngsters! :-)<br><br>Bear in mind you don't own these images (the originals) but for your own use it should be OK.<br><br>These are Jpegs - The back to the future is very complicated I don't see anyone carving that out. But good luck.
well he gave you the instructable its not that hard just download gimp to your flashdrive
ok 1 im 11. 2 my mom wont let me (learn to read) seriously you can read my mom wont let me good day
It's free.
Great 'ible!! Thanks to cainunable, it was sunny this Halloween.
Nicely done.
well hears my template
make sure you don't carve the shadow.
Looks great. Be sure to post the pumpkin once you get it carved.
Great Instructable. Thanks for the steps on making the templates, particularly the image editing.
This is one I was able to do last year, took me a bit longer having to scrape off so much.&nbsp; In the end when I removed the lightsaber portion as I had previously done with the eyes, the glow form the candle made it all worth it!<br />
Awesome light saber!
&nbsp;can you send the image that you used? &nbsp;i'd love to recreate it. &nbsp;
The image I cropped from the Clone Wars poster can be downloaded <a href="http://www.rebeljedi.com/home/design/gd/CloneWars_Yoda.jpg">here</a>.<br>
freakin awesome! good job!
Bloomin splendid!!! that's crazy :)<br /> <br /> The force with you, may it be. :D<br />
That one looks amazing.&nbsp; Thanks for sharing.<br />
I&nbsp;had a friend take a professional picture of my pumpkin, so here it is again: <br /> <br /> <br />
That turned out awesome.<br />
Not sure how many of you are fans, but for those of you who watch the Food Network, I hope you can recognize the face on my pumpkin from this year.<br />
AB&nbsp;IS&nbsp;MY&nbsp;IDOL... btw<br />
Alton brown.... was that his name? IRON&nbsp;CHEF!
COOL! I wish I had seen this before lol<br />
Wow<br /> <br /> You are one seriously skilled / talented person.<br /> Mark<br />
Well its halloween again, so time for more carvings!&nbsp;Here are my results thanks again to your awesome guide, helped me a lot!!!<br /> <br />
Sorry that picture i just posted didn't turn out well (10mp camera)&nbsp;here is the link for image shack:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <br /> <br /> <a href="http://img3.imageshack.us/i/carvingfinalistmatt.jpg/">http://img3.imageshack.us/i/carvingfinalistmatt.jpg/</a><br /> <br /> Tell me what you thinK!
This was fun! Thanks for the instructable!
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freakin awesome job man, ill send you some pics of mine when im done<br />
&nbsp;Great Idea<br /> also, i think dwight was&nbsp;<br /> a good choice to be on a pumpkin...<br /> <br /> i love the office<br />
Excellent write up!! I did one of my son and it turned out perfect!! I am no artist either, I just followed the steps and an hour later:<br /> <div id="refHTML">&nbsp;</div>
Looks great.&nbsp; What did he think of his face on a pumpkin?<br />

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