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how to make a photo look like it’s made of text in Photoshop

This weeks Photoshop tutorial, I’m going to show you how to make the portrait text effect. This takes a photo and makes it look like it’s entirely made from text Yeah, this is fun!

how to make a photo look like it’s made of text in Photoshop

Making a Text Portrait in Photoshop Tutorial

This is a super fun effect. This will make your photo look like it’s entirely made out of text.

You will be using luminosity masks as well as layer masks and adjustment layers  to achieve this awesome effect. I have a primer on curves here that you may need to check out.


First of all there were dot matrix printers. People began organizing type in such as way as to create some of the first CG art. For the life of me, I have no idea how they had the patience. Then as graphics evolved, we wanted to make retro, lo fi style graphics. This tutorial shows you how to make a modern taje on the old text graphics. You can do this effecr in black and white and use a monotype to get a more retro feel if you want to. Even if you aren’t going for the same result as I have in this image, take a look at this tutorial because it will teach you a thing about masks and channels.  Here is a larger version of the final result.

Related Resources

Lorem ipsum Generator

Samuel Jackson Generator (Explicit language)

Fotolia stock photos

 

photo-to-text-result

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Nice to see you here at the CAFE!

Colin

 

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Colin Smith

Colin Smith

Colin Smith is founder of the #1 PhotoshopCAFE online community which has received over 30 million visitors. Colin has Authored/Coauthored 18 books. He has won numerous awards including 3 Guru awards. He’s been nominated for the Photoshop Hall of Fame twice. Colin is a regular columnist for Photoshop User Magazine. He’s been featured in almost every major imaging magazine, and is in high demand as a speaker at major industry events including Flash Forward and WPPI . He consults such companies as ABC Disney, Apple and Adobe

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Colin Smith is founder of the #1 PhotoshopCAFE online community which has received over 30 million visitors. Colin has Authored/Coauthored 18 books. He has won numerous awards including 3 Guru awards. He’s been nominated for the Photoshop Hall of Fame twice. Colin is a regular columnist for Photoshop User Magazine. He’s been featured in almost every major imaging magazine, and is in high demand as a speaker at major industry events including Flash Forward and WPPI . He consults such companies as ABC Disney, Apple and Adobe

5 thoughts on “how to make a photo look like it’s made of text in Photoshop

  1. There is some lovely fun of applying Samuel L Jackson text to photos of your in-laws. It’s a nice subtle way to share holiday frustration 🙂

  2. This looks like a fun trick and is enjoyable to watch. I can see there are possibilities to apply more than text. However, I cannot watch the tutorial and work in Photoshop trying to follow along. It is much better for me to have a tutorial I can print after watching the illustrations, so I have a handy referral tool to attempt the various steps.

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