A Change in Artwork for right around $20.00

Feb 24th, 2010

I needed a change in my hallway, and I decided to play around with a few pictures that I had taken of my three kiddos. Photography is something I enjoy, but I wanted something different. WARNING: You will need a basic knowledge of Photoshop in order to do this tutorial.

I opened up the picture of Oaklyn, my six year old, and started playing. Here is the original. Isn’t she a beauty!?
I took the eraser, and erased the background.
Then I swapped her into gray scale.
Then I played with a “contrast” until I got the result I was seeking. I also cropped the photo.
Now they look like abstract artwork! I’m extremely pleased. I got them blown up into 16X20s at Costco for 5.99 each. I think my bill came to $19 and something cents.

The frames in this picture are from IKEA (I already had them), but they are inexpensive. I think they are 2.99 each but were wood when I bought them, I sprayed them black.
Ok, I may be biased, but I think they are all the cutest kids in the world!

UPDATE: YES ladies, the pictures are taken with a high resolution camera. The images are approx 1900X2400 pixels. But, if you want to know if your pictures are big enough to be clear, you can download them onto Costco’s photo center (make sure you press the FULL resolution button) and it will give you a resolution warning if the images are too little.


  1. Ok, another great idea! I love it! Your kiddos are adorable :)

  2. did these have to be a high resolution photo in order to blow them up so large. In other words, could I do this with my basic camera? Thanks

  3. I love it! Thanks for the tuturial…

  4. That is just too cute

  5. This is a fantastic idea and your children are adorable! I have a large wall that I have been debating over for some time now. I might just give this a go. Thank you for the wonderful project.

  6. I love it. I think I might try it. I was thinking about doing silhouettes, but I like this better. Thanks.

  7. Great idea! I love playing around with photoshop–I want to try an Andy Warhol look with my kids pics– Just gotta find the time!

  8. These are fabulous!! This might be just the thing for my empty wall! So glad you shared.

    Can't wait to see you Sunday…it's going to be a blast!


  9. I want to ditto Beth's question about the resolution….

    Love this!

  10. KristinTheLockstar says:

    I've wanted to do this for a long time and hadn't figured out how yet. Thanks for sharing! Great job and super cute kiddos!

  11. The Curleys says:

    Thanks for the idea! I think I will have to give this a try!

  12. Wow…very awesome. Recently I have started taking a photo a day and playing with editing software. I hope one day I will be able to be creative enough and skilled enough to do what you do.

    This Olsen Life

  13. they ARE super cute. No bias needed. That artwork looks very original and unique. Thanks for the tip.

  14. Absolutely DARLING!!! :)

  15. AWESOME!! I will have to try this! Love your blog!!

  16. That's very smart. Love the look….and the kiddos are adorable too!

  17. That looks fantastic!! Your kids are adorable!

  18. Those are fantastic!! Such a very expensive look!!

  19. Love them! I wouldn't have thought they would look that great. I'm going to try to (more-or-less) copy you.

    How big are your frames?

  20. Such a great effect!

  21. I love these, what a great wall series :D

  22. turned out GREAT!


  23. I was sent over by "This present life" blog I am so glad I found you I love the pictures and I am going to give it a whirl and then take it to costco. I am following you, If you get a chance hop on over and say hi! http://www.thepolkadotcloset.blogspot.com
    Thanks Carol

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