How to create a typographic portrait


How to create a typographic portrait

Earlier on the site, a user Astro published typographic portraits that many liked:

Verbal portrait
Today I am publishing a tutorial that will tell you about one of the possible techniques for creating such a portrait.

Preparing in Photoshop

For example, let’s take a photo of Milla Jovovich.

Typographic portrait
We open our jpeg in Photoshop
Selecting the work area completely (ctrl + A), then duplicate the image layer (ctrl + J)

Typographic portrait
Desaturate the newly created layer (ctrl + shift + U)

Typographic portrait
Let’s add some contrast to our image (ctrl + L)

Typographic portrait
In the window that opens, adjust the sliders to achieve the result shown below.

Typographic portrait
Next, apply the Cutout filter (filter> Artistic> Cutout …)

Typographic portrait
Using the sliders, adjust the filter so that you have approximately 4-6 color tones

Typographic portrait

Preparation in vector

Next, we save what we got in the format Jpeg, and, just in case, in PSD. Close Photoshop, we won’t need it anymore. In principle, all further operations can be performed in Photoshop, but for flexible control of the size of the original image, we need a vector

Open the vector editor. I prefer to work in Xara Extreme Pro… Create a new document (ctrl + N)

Importing the recently saved image with a keyboard shortcut (ctrl + alt + I) or (file> import)

For the convenience of work, we will slightly customize the program interface. We need a window with layers Object gallery (analogous to the Layers panel in Photohsop).

Typographic portrait
We call it like this: (utilities> galleries> color gallery) or (F10)… I’ll tell you a little about the purpose of icons in the Object Gallery window.

Typographic portrait
1. Lock layer.
2. Visible layer.
3. The hidden layer.
Although everything is pretty simple here.

For further work, you can increase the transparency of the photo. Selecting in the toolbar Transparency Tool (F6), at the top we change the percentage of transparency from 0% to 45%

Typographic portrait
Lock the layer with our image (background). Everything, the preparatory stage is completed.

The most interesting

Draw a curve with the tool Pen tool (shift + F5)

Typographic portrait
After the line is completed, select the tool Text Tool (T) and move the cursor to the place from which we began to draw our curve. After that, we drive in the text, periodically changing the font size, its boldness and letter spacing. Starting from large spaces, filling in the area of ​​color spots of the portrait, gradually move on to details.

Typographic portrait
To keep the guide lines out of the way, hide them.
To do this: select an object with text and a guide, while holding Shift click on the icon located in the color panel in the lower left corner. This way we desaturate the outline of the object.

As you add guides with text, the number of layers will increase; for convenience, we will group them into folders. Selecting the layer stack, click Ctrl + G

one.Typographic portrait
2.Typographic portrait
3.Typographic portrait
four.Typographic portrait
After we finish filling large and small spaces, recolor certain areas of the text in the desired shades of gray, borrowing the color from the very bottom layer, using the tool Color Picker
Hide the bottom photo layer and see what happens.

Typographic portrait
A bit watery, lacking in juiciness. To do this, again make the layer with the photo visible, and hide all other layers. Selecting in the toolbar Text Tool, click on the work area in the upper left corner. Then we start typing the text, filling in the places that need volume.

Typographic portrait

A small note:
This background text layer should be below the rest of the layers.

The final

Then turn on the visibility of other layers except for the background photo, export the result to Jpeg(file> export …) or (shift + ctrl + E)

Typographic portrait
All is ready! Now you can have a cup of coffee and breathe a sigh of relief.
My goal is to familiarize you with the process of working in this technique, everything else is in your hands!

Good luck;)


PS: this description is not suitable for everyone, because most still use Adobe Illustrator. But the principle of creation remains the same for this lesson, only the main tool will be called Type on a Path Tool:

Typographic portrait
This tool just makes it possible to print text along the selected path.

Leave a Reply