Picture of Phot-o-lantern
Dwight Final.jpg
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.
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darman122 years ago
It's insane how well these turn out!
SBWillman3 years ago
Here ya go!
14bobmarleystevenwillman.jpgLebowski pumpkin.jpg
phenoptix3 years ago
These are my pumpkins using this technique from 2009 and 2011

Those are fantastic! Especially the one on the right.

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)

plus could you make them bigger ,like to fit a pumpkin of these Dimensions 
Height 17 IN 
Width 14.5 IN 
(aka this one http://store.funkins.com/funkin-natiello to scale please
thank you
OK don't say us old people never do anything for you youngsters! :-)

Bear in mind you don't own these images (the originals) but for your own use it should be OK.

These are Jpegs - The back to the future is very complicated I don't see anyone carving that out. But good luck.
delorean.jpgback to the future.jpg
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.
joeman12104 years ago
Great 'ible!! Thanks to cainunable, it was sunny this Halloween.
cainunable (author)  joeman12104 years ago
Nicely done.
timnitro4 years ago
well hears my template
make sure you don't carve the shadow.
cainunable (author)  timnitro4 years ago
Looks great. Be sure to post the pumpkin once you get it carved.
CrLz4 years ago
Great Instructable. Thanks for the steps on making the templates, particularly the image editing.
rebeljedi5 years ago
This is one I was able to do last year, took me a bit longer having to scrape off so much.  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!
CrLz rebeljedi4 years ago
Awesome light saber!
 can you send the image that you used?  i'd love to recreate it.  
The image I cropped from the Clone Wars poster can be downloaded here.
freakin awesome! good job!
Bloomin splendid!!! that's crazy :)

The force with you, may it be. :D
cainunable (author)  rebeljedi5 years ago
That one looks amazing.  Thanks for sharing.
mayday2955 years ago
I had a friend take a professional picture of my pumpkin, so here it is again:

Midnight Howl.jpg
cainunable (author)  mayday2955 years ago
That turned out awesome.
revelae5 years ago


cainunable (author) 5 years ago
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.
AB IS MY IDOL... btw
Alton brown.... was that his name? IRON CHEF!
Mig Welder5 years ago
COOL! I wish I had seen this before lol
guymark5 years ago

You are one seriously skilled / talented person.
mayday2955 years ago
Well its halloween again, so time for more carvings! Here are my results thanks again to your awesome guide, helped me a lot!!!

carving finalist-matt.jpg
Sorry that picture i just posted didn't turn out well (10mp camera) here is the link for image shack:   


Tell me what you thinK!
REDandroid5 years ago
This was fun! Thanks for the instructable!

freakin awesome job man, ill send you some pics of mine when im done
Sunny1246135 years ago
 Great Idea
also, i think dwight was 
a good choice to be on a pumpkin...

i love the office
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