While silhouettes as an art form have been around for ages, their name stems from some bad economic policies of a disgraced French official of the 1700s. Yes, really. At one time they were a cheap alternative to expensive painted portraits or photographs. Today, silhouettes are a common graphic device for logos, ads, posters, and other desktop publishing projects.
You can create silhouettes with your camera or turn photos and clip art into silhouette images with a little graphics manipulation. Find out how.
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