Monday, August 23, 2010

Framed Dog Print Tutorial [Pottery Barn Inspired]


Aren't these dog prints at the Pottery Barn stinkin' cute?


I especially like the silhouettes. . . like this one:


But. . .
aside from the fact that the pottery barn wants over $50 for the prints
[on sale]
I don't want a strange dog on my wall -
I want my Ali baby:


So. . .
It took about 10 bites of hamburger,
but I finally got a good profile shot of her
[bribery will get you anywhere with a puppy!]:


I don't have a spiffy editing software like photoshop. . .
But, photobucket actually has a feature that allows you to
erase the background of a picture.
It pretty much sucks, and you have to tweek most of it yourself,
but it works [and it's free!]


Like so:


Once you've cleared the background, upload into picasa
[or editing software of your choice]
and darken the image:


Then I used microsoft paint to clean up the image with the "paintbrush". . .


And the final result, framed and on my mantel:




I'm linking to
these parties.

24 comments:

Playing Sublimely said...

I just did one of these in my sons room :)...although yours is much more fancy, love it!

Debby said...

I love those PB prints. You did a good job. I can't imagine getting my Piper to hold still that long. So cute.

Jessica @ Barefoot by the Sea said...

My daughter LOVES her puppies! Might be a great project for us!

hiyaluv said...

ah!! yay! I love it:)
so creative! how long did it take you to do this?
smiles,
gina

Kate said...

I love this! I'm definitely going to try this with my pooches. I've been wanting to do some for a while, but haven't figured out exactly how. Thanks!

Roo @ NiceGirlNotes said...

Looks great, Mandy! Are you posting it to the CSI project tomorrow?

Adam and Wendy said...

This is so cool!! :) It reminds me of the silhouettes my sister and I had made when we were little....but high tech haha!

PS I wore my necklace yesterday....but forgot to take pictures. :(

kelley blake said...

Love this! Now if I could only get my dog to stay still like that...

La Belle Vie said...

So cute!! I love it. ♥ It's a pleasure to find your blog!!

www.labellevie-j.com

Amy Meyer said...

Super Cute! I love the hamburger comment!

Amanda @ Heart Tree Home said...

Awww I love your puppy's silhouette! I found your blog a week or so ago through a coupon site I read, imagine my surprise to see you linking up to the Pottery Barn Challenge! Great blog! :-)

Mrs. Jones said...

That's awesome! I can never find Corgi art.

~Heather

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

SO cool! Thanks for sharing it with those of us who don't have Adobe/Illustrator/Other Expensive editing software. ;) I'm visiting from The CSI Project. Hope you'll stop by and visit me too. :)

Thrifty Miss Priss said...

wow! looks fantastic! I LOVE it!

Amy said...

I love this! I might have to copy you!

www.justpleasedaspunch.blogspot.com

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

This is really neat! I'm giving you a little shout out on my blog, thanks for sharing such a great idea!

Sarah said...

This is a darling idea! I may give this a try for some Christmas presents. ~ Sarah

Jacky {The Sweetest Petunia} said...

Aw, your pup is such a cutie! What a great idea to DIY a silhouette - I bet you could use the same concept for other kinds of silhouettes!

Heather@myeverydaygraces said...

I like this a lot... my Tilly would look perfect on the wall:) And, I don't have fancy photo editing either, so thanks for the tips.

visiting via happierthanapig:)

malia said...

Mandy, You are so funny-- I laughed when I saw the pretty much sucks but it works line. Your project turned out so well. Thanks for the tute-- I am going to try that Photobucket trick.
Malia

Brina said...

Is Ali a Sheltie? My family has had two Shelties, and they're the BEST dogs!!

Katie said...

What a fantastic idea! Thank you for sharing!

Takin' time to smell the flowers! said...

Almost 2 years later, I just found this & your blog on Pinterest! I'm so glad I did♥ I can't wait to do this with our puppies (12 & 5 yrs old:) I'm your newest follower!

Elle78 said...

You are brilliant! Can't wait to try this!!!