Stencils with a limitless side of awesomesauce, or something.
If you own a projector or have the funds to go get a poster size version of your image made, you probably won't need this tutorial. There are other ways of doing it, but I enjoy this and if you use a canvas it's a neat way to use your photos and decorate a space.
If you are into graffiti, this is a sweet way to make some huge stencils to throw up in a very little amount of time.
I say so-so on difficulty only because it's a little time consuming. There is another way to make regular, reusable stencils by burning them out, and I'll post that one later as it's my favorite.
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After you choose your photo, you want to make it black and white and simplify it as much as possible. I use "Threshold" in the Edit Image menu of Photoshop, which you can get a free trial version of if you want it, but I'm sure there are apps or whatnot to stylize it with.
Now, there is a magical program called The Rasterbator. It's free, it's extremely small, ridiculously straightforward, and it's entirely useful for all kinds of projects.
A raster image is the opposite of a vector, it's made up of tiny dots. What this program does is take your picture and enlarge it to the specifications you ask of it based on a piece of printer paper, which is 8.5x11".
I made mine big enough to use on a 24x36" canvas, so it used nine pieces of paper when printed: three up, three across.
Trim off white edges.
Because the stencil isn't one big piece of paper, I spray glued all of mine down to the piece of cheap roll paper underneath. That kept it from falling apart when I started cutting, like it would if I'd just tape the edges.
But what I found was better is to use clear packing tape (it's wider) and make one layer covering the whole back of the stencil ones the edges are taped and held in place. Keeps it all together, it's still thin, but sturdy and flexible.
Get a good old fashioned sharp object and go to town. Cut out all the outlined pieces.
NOTE, and this is REALLY important if you are new to stenciling!
Be mindful of where your cutting the design. Make sure all places you cut have bridges. It sucks to cut out one piece only to realize that you took a crucial piece of the design with it. See in the pic how my hand isn't connected to my arm and my arm isn't connected to my shirt? Otherwise it would just look like a big hole with an arm shaped outline :)