Multilayer color realistic stenciling isn’t all quick and easy. Sure, you can crank one out in an hour, but it takes time and practice to be able to repeat the process and know how to tweak it for each different stencil.

In this instructable, I will attempt to show you your options…from image sources, to differing outputs, and all in between.

Although this is an attempt at a comprehensive stencil tutorial, this is still my methods, my individual knowledge, and my perspective. So, I’m sure that many others will have input and direction that differs. There are many before me that have done a great job with their instructions, and I thought I should give mine.

This is kind of a struggle for me, because I feel like it is perhaps giving away some of my ‘secrets’, well methods, but still ive spent pleanty of time perfecting my technique and giving it up isn’t that easy, but that’s how we all progress isn’t it?

1 don’t be convinced that everything I say is magic, steps will work differently for
different images, the best way to find out is just to try.
2 if you prefer a different method, that’s great, this is for community learning, no one is
saying these are the best or only methods.
3 feel free to let me know how you feel about these techniques, and how they turn out. I
don’t assume to know it all, and would be grateful to learn from you too.

Let the learning begin!
alpal4 years ago
Fantastic work, very impressive.
metalfury6 years ago
Thanks - this is probably the best guide to the 'photoshop' process I've read. - The indexing of the colour was a new idea on me and has proved very useful with a tricky stencil I've been working on - thanks for sharing :-)
bentply7 years ago
Bansky...is that you? thanks for the tips.
dude i have tried for ages to get this kind of stuff to work thanks
the same thing can be done with more control in illustrator using the live trace function [under object menu]. and you can output the separations from ill as well. but you can take the different colours you want, put them on different layers and create traps for underlying colours, and give each separation a reg mark, so one doesn't have to worry about drift. this is a shorthand technique from making graphix for t's, but it works the same for stencils. cheers!
Fenwick8 years ago
Wow, amazing job at revealing some fantastic techniques. These are very nice, I only wish I had photoshop, but most of these techniques can be used in other programs too with slight variations. I'm glad you also made steps 9-12, and went beyond just the program.
robotatemyface (author)  Fenwick8 years ago
thanks, yea the program is just another tool. there are many you can use, and eventually you can do stencils with the same realism without the computer if you want. it is just the easiest form of translation.
dan8 years ago
neat process! why are you worried about secrecy? are you doing this professionally? even if you are, publishing is a good way to become a known expert in something.
robotatemyface (author)  dan8 years ago
thanks. im not really worried, i guess its just normal when youve spent a while working on something to be reserved about giving it away. but honestly im more than happy to explain everything i do, community is invaluable.