Powerful Text Typography Face Portrait in Photoshop

We are going to create a typographic portrait by filling a portrait photo with text, and we are going to do it with Photoshop. All we need is a portrait photo. First of all, I need to cut out this portrait photo from the background.

Cut Out the Image

You can do this one by one with the lasso tool or the pen tool. I will do it with Photoshop’s quick cutout tool to save time. I select this tool first and I click on the Select Subject button. When I click on this, it’ll quickly make the selection, let’s click on the Select and Mask button and see if it cut out nicely. I think that’s enough for this tutorial. I select Layer Mask among the Output to Options and click Okay. This feature decouples the image for me and masks it automatically. So I paint the background a black color. And our photo is ready to work with.

Convert Image to Black and White

But it’s a color photo. Of course, there can be color photos. For now, I’m going to make this photo black and white. I click on the Adjustment button and select Black and White. It created a new layer here. The special think about this layer is that it makes the images below it black and white. Look, the photo is now in black and white.

Adding and Editing Text in the Workspace

Now I need a text. It can even be a Lorem Ipsum text. It can be any paragraph of text. I select the text tool on the left side. I select an area like this and paste the text that I found or copied from somewhere. Now you see the text here.

We can edit these texts, but for that, we need the character panel. It is not visible here at the moment. If you don’t see it either make sure that the character option under window is selected. You can see it here and through this character panel, we can edit the text. For example, we can change the size. We can make the line spacing wider or narrower, and so on.

We can also change the font if we want. Let’s leave it like this for now. We can edit it later. Now I need to move this text layer under the photo. I’m dragging it under the photo. The text is behind. I move over the portrait layer and right click and select Create Clipping Mask. When I select this, the image and the text will be associated with each other.

Now, there are some features we need to pay attention to here. For example, if you think that the photo is not fully visible, you can thicken the font. For example, if you write with a thin font, it’ll appear this way. If you write with that ticker character, it’ll look like this. It all depends on what you want to do, where you want to get to.

Let’s make the font a little bit smaller. Look, as I make the font smaller, the portrait in the image becomes much more prominent. Let’s enlarge it. This is how it looks when I enlarge it. Of course, when we enlarge it, we need to enlarge line breaks at the same time. We can also click Auto, but sometimes auto opens the line breaks too much.

So we have to edit it manually, but I’m going to reduce the font size a little bit more. I’m going to make it 24. And I think the line spacing is a little bit too much for this font. So it needs to be reduced a little bit. Let’s set it to be 20.

Photoshop’s Displacement Map Feature

Now there is one extra thing I want to show. We added our text here, but the text is flat. Whereas there are curves on the photo with Photoshop’s displacement feature, we can arrange this text according to the curves on the photo. So here is what I’m going to do. First of all, I’m going to make a copy of the layer. I’m going to take this on top and we are going to give this photo a little bit of blur.

This was decoupled with a mask. I’m going to unmask this. And we are going to give it a little bit of blur by choosing Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Adjust this to your preference. I’m going to click Okay. I’m going to save this as a PSD. Through File and Save As. It doesn’t matter what it’s called. I’m going to save it as displacement.psd, I click Save and now my image is saved.

I don’t need this layer anymore, so I can delete it. Now I click on the text and choose Filter > Distort and Displace. When I choose that, it’ll ask me a question. Since this is text, we can either turn it into a Smart Object or turn it into a normal layer. Let’s turn it into a Smart Object. Then a window like this will appear, this is the window of the displace we chose.

It might look 10 to 10 to you. You can try this and make it look better. You can lower it. For example, five by five or two by two. For now, I will leave it at 10 and click Okay. Then it asks me to select the displacement.psd file we just created. I select it and click to Open button. As soon as I selected the displacement.psd file, the text tries to adapt itself.

It may look a little dark. Let’s make it a bit more visible by turning on Brightness and Contrast. If you have had problems like this and you don’t like it, we will continue as follows. If you remember, we converted to text layer as a smart object. So one of the important features of the smart object is that you can edit the effects you have given it.

I double click on displace and here is the screen I just saw. Now I change it to two by two. And I click to Okay button. I select the displacement file and I click open. See, when I selected this, this time it edited it in more detail. So what would happen if I made it five? Let’s try that right away. If I make it five, it is like this. So the displace feature analyzes the curves through to file we created and edit to text accordingly.

Editing Text in a Smart Object

If you want to modify this text because it’s a smart object, you can double click on the layer and go into this text field, and then you can edit it. Look, when I look closely at the photo, I think it looks pretty good.

Of course, the better the quality of the photo, the better the result will be. I’m going to turn off the black and white again, and here is what it looks like in color. If you are bothered by these hard areas on the edges, I select the mask, I select the brush tool and I paint over them while the top layer is black.

That’s how it was. And that’s how we made it again. It’s a matter of your preference. In this video, we created a creative image by associating portrait photos with text. We tried to create a typographic portrait.

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