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for this you will need either photoshop or other photo editing software.

Step 1: Step 1

find an image you want to stencil. in my case i had the idea for a viking stencil so i found a photo of the lead singer of amon amarth.

Step 2: Step

select the background and delete. use eraser for parts that could not be selected with the wand tool.

Step 3: Step3

image>mode>graysscale or just desaturate it.

your stencil wont come out right if you dont do this.

Step 4: Step4

image>adjustments>threshold

adjust to the settings you want. for this i adjusted it from about 70-80.

Step 5: Step5

now comes the artistic part. islands are a huge pain in the ass with stencils. any white areas surrounded by black you need to color in black. remember this is the part of the stencil you will be cutting out.

Step 6: Step6

add some cool text and print and cut it out and your done!

once i figure out how to upload video i will post a video of me cutting and painting this stencil.
That's Johan Hegg, the singer from <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.amonamarth.com/">Amon Amarth</a>! Nice band, nice stencil!<br/>
Yes I was going to say that, Amon Amarth is amazing!!!!
If I ever get around to screen-printing, this will be VERY useful! :)
Before you cut it out, you might want to correct it to &quot;<strong>pillaging</strong>&quot;. Not criticising, just trying to save you some wasted time :)<br/><br/>I suggest, to avoid lots of fiddly grainy detail, applying a gaussian blur to the image before the threshold filter as this blurs out a lot of the fine detail.<br/>
i looked it up and either way you spell it it still means the same thing.
.. what Patrik said :) The only definition for "pilliging" I found was on urbandictionary, not a definitive spelling resource. I don't usually correct single spelling errors as it seems a bit petty, but if you're going to take the trouble to cut this out and maybe even spray it on your stuff, I thought it was worth it. All the people with home-done "HAIL SATIN" tattoos and "SKETHBOOK" written in beautiful writing on their sketchbooks would probably agree.
Hmm... not in any of the dictionaries I checked (Webster's New World, and <a rel="nofollow" href="http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/pilliging">dictionary.com</a>). Could be an alternate British spelling, or a novel slang spelling, I guess...<br/><br/>My usual solution: let Google decide!<br/><br/><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&safe=off&q=pillaging&btnG=Search">Pillaging</a>: about 787,000 results<br/><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&safe=off&q=pilliging&btnG=Search">Pilliging</a>: about 1,440 results<br/><br/>Well, at least Google didn't catch it as a misspelling, but it looks like you're being outvoted more than 500-to-1 (plus by all the dictionaries I checked)...<br/>

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