hi this is Marty from Blue Lightning TV
I'm going to show you how to create a
powerful text portrait this is an update
of a tutorial I did quite a while ago on
an earlier version of Photoshop this
version is more streamlined and
efficient open a photo you'd like to use
for this project I downloaded this one
from Shutterstock the first step is to
remove the background from the subject
by making a selection around your
subject there are many ways to do this
but for this example I'll use the quick
I'll drag the tool over my subject to
make a selection around it to remove
areas outside the selection I'll press
and hold alt or option as I drag over
those areas if you're working on a
version earlier than CC 2015 point 5 go
to select and refine edge I did an
in-depth tutorial on refine edge so if
you'd like to watch it I provided its
link in my video's description if you're
using version CC 2015 point 5 select and
mask replace be fine edge click the
button or go to select and select a mask
I also provided a link to my in-depth
tutorial on selected masks so I won't be
going over it in detail here
I'll check smart radius
and click new layer
then I'll click okay
remove its color by pressing ctrl or
command shift you
we'll create a new layer below the
active layer by ctrl-clicking or command
clicking a new layer icon we'll fill the
empty layer with black but first if your
foreground and background colors aren't
black and white respectively press D on
your keyboard since black is your
foreground color press alt or option +
next we'll crop our document
open your crop tool
and click width height and resolution
make the width and the height 1000
pixels each and the resolution 150
pixels per inch
drag a corner in or out to size your
subject within the crop bounding box to
slide it up or down press the up or down
arrow key on your keyboard to accept it
click the checkmark at the top or press
Enter or return to fit it back onto your
canvas press ctrl or command 0 next
we'll prepare our subject to use as a
displacement map this will warp our text
to wrap it around the contours of our
subjects entire face first make your top
layer active click the icon at the upper
right corner and click duplicate layer
open the document list and click new
name it displacement and click OK
go to filter blur and Gaussian blur
blur it 3 pixels and click OK
go to file and save as
navigate to your desktop save it as a
Photoshop PSD file and click Save if you
see this message just click OK we can
close the displacement PSD file since we
already saved it open your move tool
we're ready to add text you can either
type it out on a notepad or WordPad
application or find a poem or lyrics
that you can ultimately copy and paste
highlight it and press ctrl or command C
to copy it we're going to create a word
cloud from our text there are many free
websites that do this however the site
that I like best is called wordle.net
unfortunately sometimes Chrome and
Firefox have had problems creating word
clouds on Wordle but the good news is
that Explorer does open them at least
for me I'll open Explorer
and type in wordle.net
click inside the text box and press ctrl
or command V to paste your text into it
then click go
open language I'll tick leave words as
spelled and remove common English words
open font and choose an easy to read
font from your list
I'll choose steel fish
open layout I'll use straighter edges
and mostly horizontal
open color click WB which is white text
on a black background then click save as
save it to your desktop and click Save
go to file and open access your desktop
locate your Wordle file click it and
open your channels panel if you don't
see it go to window and channels control
click or command click the thumbnail of
the RGB channel to make a selection of
your text open back your layers panel
and press ctrl or command J to cut and
copy the text onto its own layer
drag your text onto the tab of your
subject and without releasing your mouse
or pen drag it down onto your subject
and release to move it just drag it name
the layer word cloud
make a copy of it by pressing ctrl or
double-click its thumbnail to open the
layer style window click drop shadow
the blend mode is multiply the opacity
is 75% and the angle is 30 degrees the
distance is 5 pixels the spread is 0 and
the size is 5 pixels then click OK since
we're going to have many layers of our
text let's save space in the layers
panel by collapsing the effects the
effects are still there they're just
hidden to see them again just click back
on the arrow click the eyeball icon next
to the original word cloud layer to
temporarily hide it as I mentioned we're
going to create multiple layers of the
text that will ultimately cover our
subjects entire face to resize and
position the word cloud open your
transform tool by pressing ctrl or
command T go to a corner and when you
see a diagonal double-arrow press and
hold alt or option + shift as you drag
it in approximately this much
drag it to a corner of the face and
press Enter or return
make a copy of it and drag the copy to
another area we're going to flip the
copy 90 degrees to do this open your
transform tool go to a corner and when
you see a curved double-arrow press and
hold shift as you rotate it clockwise 90
degrees it'll snap in place because
we're holding shift as we rotate it
position it over your subject and press
Enter or return
continue to make copies of your text and
feel free to resize and position them
over your subject
we're going to create a copy of this
entire block of word clouds and then
flip it 90 degrees first we'll place all
the word cloud copies into a folder to
do this scroll to the bottom copy
and shift-click it make sure you're not
shift clicking the original word cloud
this makes all the copy is active press
ctrl or command G to place them into a
folder make a copy of the folder
open your transform tool and rotate the
copy 90 degrees
we'll convert our text into a smart
object so we can apply a displacement
map to our entire word cloud to do this
shift-click the bottom folder to make it
active as well and click the icon at the
upper right corner click convert to
make a copy of it and hide the lower
smart object word cloud name the top
go to filter distort and displace
make the horizontal and vertical scale
10 stretch to fit and repeat edge pixels
then click OK
click the displacement Photoshop file
and click open
immediately our text
wrapped itself around the contours of
our subject collapse the smart filter
and hide the layer
control click or command click the
displacement text layer to make a
selection of its shape
scroll to your subjects face and make it
click the layer mask icon to make a
layer mask of the selection next to your
make a composite snapshot of your
visible image by pressing ctrl shift alt
e' on Windows or command shift option E
on a Mac
hide the layer below the composite
snapshot and drag the composite snapshot
to the top of the layers panel make the
displacement layer visible again and
change the blend mode of the composite
snapshot to linear burn
next we'll add subtle text behind their
subject make a lower smart object word
cloud visible and drag it to the top
scroll down and control click or command
click your subject to make a selection
of its shape scroll back up and
alt-click or option-click the layer mask
icon to make an inverted layer mask of
the selection next to the top word cloud
click off the chain link icon to unlink
the layer and the layer mask doing this
allows us to resize and/or reposition
either of these independently from the
other make the layer active and reduce
its opacity to between 15 to 20 percent
open your transform tool go to a corner
and drag it in
this is Marty from Blue Lightning TV
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Hi. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV.
I'm going to show you how to create a powerful
This is an update of a tutorial I did quite
awhile ago on an earlier version of Photoshop.
This version is more streamlined and efficient.
Open a photo you'd like to use for this project.
I downloaded this one from Shutterstock.
The first step is to remove the background from the subject by making a selection around your subject.
There are many ways to do this, but for this
example, I'll use the Quick Selection Tool.
I'll drag the tool over my subject to make
a selection around it.
To remove areas outside the selection, I'll
press and hold Alt or Option as I drag over those areas.
If you're working on version earlier than CC 2015.5, go to Select and Refine Edge.
I did an in-depth tutorial on Refine Edge,
so if you'd like to watch it, I provided its
link in my video's description.
If you're using version CC 2015.5, "Select
and Mask" replaced Refine Edge.
Click the button or go to Select and Select and Mask.
I also provided a link to my in-depth tutorial on Select and Mask, so I won't be going over it in detail here.
I'll check "Smart Radius" and click "New Layer".
Then, I'll click OK.
Remove its color by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + Shift + U.
We'll create a new layer below the active layer by Ctrl-clicking or Cmd-clicking the New Layer icon.
We'll fill the empty layer with black, but
first if your foreground and background colors
aren't black and white respectively, press
"D" on your keyboard.
Since black is your foreground color, press
Alt or Option + Delete.
Next, we'll crop our document.
Open your Crop Tool and click "Width, Height
Make the Width and the Height 1000 pixels
each and the Resolution: 150 pixels per inch.
Drag a corner in or out to size your subject
within the Crop bounding box.
To slide it up or down, press the Up or Down
arrow key on your keyboard.
To accept it, click the check-mark at the
top or press Enter or Return.
To fit it back onto your canvas, press Ctrl
or Cmd + 0.
Next, we'll prepare our subject to use as
a Displacement Map.
This will warp out text to wrap it around
the contours of our subject's entire face.
First, make your top layer active.
Click the icon at the upper right corner and
click "Duplicate Layer".
Open the document list and click, "New".
Name it, "Displacement" and click OK.
Go to Filter, Blur and Gaussian Blur.
Blur it 3 pixels and click OK.
Go to File and "Save As".
Navigate to your Desktop, save it as a Photoshop
PSD file and click, "Save".
If you see this message, just click OK.
We can close the Displacement PSD file, since
we already saved it.
Open your Move Tool.
We're ready to add text.
You can either type it out on a notepad or
word pad application or find a poem or lyrics
that you can ultimately copy and paste.
Highlight it, and press Ctrl or Cmd + C to copy it.
We're going to create a word cloud from our text.
There are many free websites that do this,
however, the site that I like the best is
Unfortunately, sometimes Chrome and Firefox have had
problems creating word on Wordle, but the
good news is that Explorer does open them,
at least for me.
I'll open Explorer and type in "wordle.net".
Click inside the text box and press Ctrl or
Cmd + V to paste your text into it.
Then, click "Go".
I'll tick, "Leave Words as Spelled" and "Remove
common English Words".
Open "Font" and choose an easy-to-read font
from your list.
I'll choose "Steelfish".
I'll use "Straighter Edges" and "Mostly Horizontal".
Click "WB", which is white text on a black
Then, click "Save as PNG".
Save it to your Desktop and click "Save".
Go to File and "Open".
Access your Desktop, locate your Wordle file,
click it and click "Open".
Open your Channels panel.
if you don't see it, go to Window and Channels.
Ctrl-click or Cmd-click the thumbnail of the
RGB channel to make a selection of your text.
Open back your Layers panel and press Ctrl
or Cmd + J to cut and copy the text onto its own layer.
Drag your text onto your tab of your subject
and without releasing your mouse or pen, drag
it down onto your subject and release.
To move it, just drag it.
Name the layer, "Word Cloud".
Make a copy of it by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + J.
Double-click its thumbnail to open the Layer Style window.
Click "Drop Shadow".
The Blend Mode is Multiply, the Opacity is
75% and the Angle is 30 degrees.
The Distance is 5 pixels, the Spread is 0
and the Size is 5 pixels.
Then, click OK.
Since we're going to have many layers of our
text, let's save space in the Layers panel,
by collapsing the Effects.
The effects are still there; they're just hidden.
To see them again, just click back on the arrow.
Click the eyeball icon next to the original
word cloud layer to temporarily hide it.
As I mentioned, we're going to create multiple
layers of the text that will ultimately cover
our subject's entire face.
To resize and position the word cloud, open
your Transform Tool by pressing Ctrl of Cmd
+ T. Go to a corner and when you see a diagonal.
double-arrow, press and hold Alt or Option
+ Shift as you drag it in approximately this much.
Drag it to a corner of the face and press
Enter or Return.
Make a copy of it and drag the copy to another area.
We're going to flip the copy 90%.
To do this, go to a corner and when you see
a curved, double-arrow, press and hold Shift
as you rotate it clockwise 90 degrees.
It'll snap in place because we're holding
Shift as we rotate it.
Position it over your subject and press Enter or Return.
Continue to make copies of your text and feel
free to resize and position them over your subject.
We're going to create a copy of this entire
block of word clouds and then flip it 90 degrees.
First, we'll place all the word cloud copies into a folder.
To do this, scroll to the bottom copy and Shift-click it.
Make sure you're not Shift-clicking the original word cloud.
This makes all the copies active.
Press Ctrl or Cmd + G to place them into a folder.
Make a copy of the folder, open your Transform
Tool and rotate the copy 90 degrees.
We'll convert our text into a Smart Object,
so we can apply a Displacement map to our
entire word cloud.
To do this, Shift-click the bottom folder
to make it active as well and click the icon
at the upper, right corner.
Click "Convert to Smart Object".
Make a copy of it and hide the lower Smart
Object word cloud . Name the top layer, "Displacement".
Go to Filter, Distort and Displace.
Make the Horizontal and Vertical Scale 10,
"Stretch to Fit" and "Repeat Edge Pixels".
Then, click OK.
Click the "Displacement" Photoshop file and click "Open".
Immediately, our text wrapped itself around
the contours of our subject.
Collapse the Smart filter and hide the layer.
Ctrl-click or Cmd-click the Displacement text
layer to make a selection of its shape.
Scroll to your subject's face and make it active.
Click the Layer mask icon to make a layer
mask of the selection next to your subject.
Make a composite snapshot of your visible
image by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Alt + E on Windows
or Cmd + Shift + Option + G on a Mac.
Hide the layer below the composite snapshot
and drag the composite snapshot to the top
of the layers panel.
Make the Displacement layer visible again
and change the Blend Mode of the composite
snapshot to "Linear Burn".
Next, we'll add subtle text behind our subject.
Make the lower Smart Object word cloud visible
and drag it to the top.
Scroll down and Ctrl-click or Cmd-click your
subject to make a selection of its shape.
Scroll back up and Alt-click or Option-click
the Layer Mask icon to make an inverted layer
mask of the selection next to the top word cloud.
Click off the chain-link icon to unlink the
layer and the layer mask.
Doing this allows us to resize and/or re-position
either of these independently from the other.
Make the layer active and reduce its opacity
to between 15 to 20%.
Open your Transform Tool, go to a corner and drag it in.
This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV.
Thanks for watching!