hi this is Marty from Blue Lightning TV
I'm going to show you how to transform a
photo of someone into a stunning
portrait made only of words that are
special to the person open a photo of
someone you'd like to use it can be
color or black and white if it's in
color desaturate it by pressing control
shift U on Windows or command shift U on
a Mac we'll make a displacement map of
your subject in order to wrap the text
around the contours of the face to do
this click the icon at the upper right
of the layers panel and click duplicate
click new and type in displacement then
since displacement maps work best when
they're slightly blurred go to filter
blur and Gaussian blur
upload four pixels however depending on
the size and resolution of your document
you may want to use a different blur
amount give your image a similar degree
of blur as this then click OK
go to file and save as save it to your
desktop as a Photoshop PSD file and
click Save now we can close the
displacement document since we just
the next step is to isolate the face
from the rest of the image to do this we
need to make a selection around it there
are many ways to do this however for
this example I'll use the pencil tool if
you want to use this tool as well
make your pencil size small and the
hardness a hundred percent if your
foreground and background colors aren't
black and white respectively press D on
your keyboard click the quick mask icon
so we can draw a quick mask draw around
the perimeter of the face and shoulders
and make sure there are no gaps in the
open your paint bucket tool and make
sure contiguous is checked
click inside the quickmask to fill it in
if your entire canvas fills with the
quickmask press ctrl or command Z to
undo the last step and carefully check
your lines for gaps or holes convert the
quick mask into a selection by pressing
Q on your keyboard invert the selection
by pressing ctrl or command shift I to
refine the selection around the hair
go to select and refine edge
I did an in-depth tutorial on the refine
edge feature so to save time I won't be
going over all the details here check
smart radius and drag the radius to the
right until you start seeing a little
variance along the edges if you want to
refine it even more brush over the outer
edges of the hair around the head if
it's too much undo the last step
output it as a new layer with layer mask
then click OK
notice we now have a new layer with a
layer mask made from the selection to
make a new layer below the active layer
control click or command click on the
new layer icon
we'll fill the empty layer with black
and since black is the foreground color
press alt or option + delete we want to
brush black over the shoulders to create
a soft vignette to do this click the
layer mask to make it active
and open your brush tool make it size
large with a hardness of 0% carefully
brush over the shoulders making sure you
don't cover the chin of your subject
next we'll create the text part of your
text portrait if you want to use lyrics
a poem or any other block of text open
it highlight it and press ctrl or
command C to copy it for this purpose I
like to use a website called wordle.net
it creates word clouds from text that
click create click inside the box and
press ctrl or command V to paste your
text into it then click go
for this example I'll make all the words
uppercase however you can choose
whatever you want
click font I'll use gaudi book letter
click layout and tick straighter edges
for this example I'll choose mostly
click color and click WB for white black
click open in window
and then maximize it to get your design
into Photoshop make a screenshot of your
entire design by pressing the Print
Screen key on the top of your keyboard
if you're using windows or if you're on
a Mac press control/command 3 minimize
the Wordle design window and your
go to file and new click ok
press control or command V to paste your
screenshot into it
open your rectangular
marquee tool and drag a selection over
the inside of the black background and
be careful not to cut off any of your
text invert the selection and fill it
with black then deselect it
click the channels tab if you don't see
it go to window and channels at the
bottom of the panel click the small
dotted circle this makes a selection of
all the tonal values of your image open
back up your layers panel click the new
layer icon to make a new layer fill the
selection with white and deselect it
to get your white text design onto your
subject press V to open your move tool
and drag it up onto the tab of your
subject without releasing your mouse or
pen drag it down onto the face and
double-click on the thumbnail of your
text design to open its layer style
click drop shadow I'll make the distance
five pixels and the size five pixels
however depending on the size and
resolution of your photo you may want to
adjust these amounts then click OK
to save space in the layers panel click
the small arrow head next to the FX icon
the text portrait will have better
results when the text is relatively
small to resize it 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 to
reposition it go inside the transform
and move it then press Enter or return
of your text by pressing ctrl or command
reposition it over the face and make
another copy continue to make a few more
copies and position them over your
document we want to start rotating them
90 degrees clockwise 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 pressing shift
snaps the transform to 45 90 or 180
degrees then press Enter or return and
position it continue to add text blocks
on your document let's place all the
text into a folder to do this scroll
down to the bottom text layer and
shift-click on it to highlight all the
layers between it and the top text layer
then press ctrl or command G to group
them into a folder make a copy of the
and go to edit transform
and rotate 90 degrees counterclockwise
make another copy and position that
continue to make copies and position
them over large empty areas let's group
these folders into another folder using
the same steps as you did before
we're going to reduce the size of the
text in the folder so open your
transform tool again and press ctrl or
command 0 to see the transforms entire
bounding box go to a corner
and when you see a diagonal double-arrow
press and hold shift and drag it in
approximately this much
move it in but position it on the upper
left then press Enter or return
make a copy of the folder
and move it to the lower right
make another copy
open your transform tool rotate it
and move it to the upper right
make one more copy and position this one
to the lower left
to fit it back on your canvas press ctrl
or command 0 will convert all the text
into a smart object so we can displace
it using the displacement map that we
saved earlier to do this shift-click on
the bottom folder to highlight all the
folders and click the icon at the upper
right click convert to smart object
go to filter distort and displace
displace the horizont
vertical scales between five to ten
stretch to fit and repeat edge pixels
then click OK
click the displacement file and click
the text made a subtle but important
shift based on the displacement maps
tonal values of the face click off the
eyeball next to the text to temporarily
hide the layer
make a composite snapshot of your image
by first clicking the thumbnail of the
face to make it active and then pressing
ctrl shift alt e' on Windows or command
shift option E on a Mac
hide the layer with the layer mask
and drag the composite
snap shot to the top of the layers panel
change its blend mode to linear burn
and make your text visible
lastly we'll brighten the portrait click
the adjustment layer icon and click
slide the input white to the left to
Marty from Blue Lightning TV thanks for
Hi. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV.
I'm going to show you how to transform a photo
of someone into a stunning portrait made only
of words that are special to the person.
Open a photo of someone you'd like to use. It can
be color or black and white. If it's in color,
desaturate it by pressing Ctrl+ Shift +U on
Windows or Cmd + Shift + U on a Mac. We'll
make a Displacement Map of your subject in order to wrap the text around the contours of the face.
To do this, click the icon at
the upper, right of the Layers panel
and click "Duplicate Layer".
Click "New" and type in
"Displacement". Then, click OK.
Since Displacement Maps work best when they're slightly blurred,
go to Filter, Blur and Gaussian Blur.
I'll blur it 4 pixels, however, depending on the
size and resolution of your document, you
may want to use a different blur amount. Give
your image a similar degree of blur as this.
Then, click OK.
Go to File and "Save As".
Save it to your "Desktop" as a Photoshop PSD file
and click "Save".
Now, we can close the Displacement
document, since we just saved it.
The next step is to isolate the face from the rest of the image.
To do this, we need to make
a selection around it. There are many ways
to do this, however, for this example, I'll
use the Pencil Tool. If you want to use this
tool as well, make your Pencil size small
and the Hardness: 100%. If your foreground
and background colors aren't black and white,
respectively, press "D" on your keyboard.
Click the Quick Mask icon, so we can draw
a quick mask. Draw around the perimeter of
the face and shoulders and make sure there
are no gaps in the line.
Open your Paint Bucket
Tool and make sure "Contiguous" is checked.
Click inside the quick mask to fill it in.
If your entire canvas fills with the quick
mask, press Ctrl or Cmd + Z to undo the last
step and carefully check your lines for gaps
or holes. Convert the quick mask into a selection
by pressing "Q" on your keyboard. Invert the
selection by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + Shift
+ I. To refine the selection around the hair,
go to Select and Refine Edge. I did an in-depth
tutorial on the Refine Edge feature, so to
save time, I won't be going over all the details
here. Check "Smart Radius" and drag the Radius
to the right until you start seeing a little
variance along the edges. If you want to refine
it even more, brush over the outer edges of
the hair around the head. If it's too much,
undo the last step.
Output it as a "New Layer
with Layer Mask". Then, click OK.
Notice, we now have a new layer with a layer mask
made from the selection.
To make a new layer below the active layer,
Ctrl-click or Cmd-click on the New Layer icon.
We'll fill the empty layer with black
and since black is the foreground
color, press Alt or Option + Delete.
We want to brush black over the shoulders to create
a soft vignette.
Do this, click the layer
mask to make it active and open your Brush
Tool. Make its size large with a Hardness
of 0%. Carefully brush over the shoulders
making sure you don't cover the chin of your subject.
Next, we'll create the text part
of your text portrait. If you want to use
lyrics, a poem or any other block of text,
open it, highlight it and press Ctrl or Cmd
+ C to copy it. For this purpose, I like to
use a website called, "Wordle.net". It creates
"word clouds" from text that you provide.
Click "Create", click inside the box and press Ctrl or Cmd + V to paste your text into it.
Then, click "Go".
For this example, I'll make all the words upper-case,
however, you can choose whatever you want.
Click "Font". I'll use "Goudy Bookletter 1911".
and tick "Straighter Edges". For this example,
I'll choose "Mostly Horizontal".
Click "Color" and click WB for White/Black.
Click "Open in Window" and then, maximize it.
To get your
design into Photoshop, make a screenshot of
your entire design by pressing the PrtSc (Print
Screen) key on the top of your keyboard if
you're using Windows or if you're on a Mac,
press Cmd + Ctrl + 3. Minimize the Wordle
design window and your Browser windows.
Go to File and New. Click OK.
Press Ctrl or Cmd + V to paste your screenshot into it.
Open your Rectangular Marquee Tool and drag a selection
over the inside of the black background and
be careful not to cut off any of your text.
Invert the selection and fill it with black.
Then, deselect it.
Click the Channels tab.
If you don't see it, go to Window and Channels.
At the bottom of the panel, click the small
dotted circle. This makes a selection of all
the tonal values of your image.
Open back up your Layers panel.
Click the New Layer icon to make a new layer,
fill the selection with white and deselect it.
To get your white text design onto your subject,
press "v" to open your Move Tool and drag
it up onto the tab of your subject. Without
releasing your mouse or pen, drag it own onto
the face and release.
Double-click on the thumbnail of your text design to open its Layer Style window.
Click "Drop Shadow". I'll
make the Distance: 5 pixels and the Size:
5 pixels, however, depending of the size and
resolution of your photo, you may want to
adjust these amounts. Then, click OK.
To save space in the Layers panel, click the small arrowhead next to the "fx" icon.
The text portrait will have better results when the
text is relatively small. To resize it, open
your Transform Tool by pressing Ctrl or 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. To reposition it,
go inside the Transform and move it.
Then, press Enter or Return.
Make a copy of your
text by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + J.
Reposition it over the face and make another copy.
to make a few more copies and position them
over your document. We want to start rotating
them 90 degrees clockwise. To do this, open
your Transform Tool, go to a corner and when
your see a curved, double-arrow, press and
hold Shift as you rotate it clockwise 90 degrees.
Pressing Shift snaps the transform to 45,
90 or 180 degrees. Then, press Enter or Return
and position it. Continue to add text
blocks on your document. Let's place all the
text into a folder. To do this, scroll down
to the bottom text layer and Shift-click on
it to highlight all the layers between it
and the top, text layer. Then, press Ctrl
or Cmd + G to group them into a folder. Make
a copy of the folder and go to Edit, Transform
and "Rotate 90 degrees Counter Clockwise".
Position it, make another copy and position
that. Continue to make copies and position
them over large empty areas. Let's group these
folders into another folder using the same
steps as you did before.
We're going to reduce
the size of all the text in the folder,
so open your Transform Tool again and press Ctrl
or Cmd + 0 to see the Transform's entire bounding
box. Go to a corner, and when you see a diagonal, double-arrow,
press and hold Shift
and drag it in approximately this much.
Move it in, but position it on the upper, left.
Then, press Enter or Return. Make a copy of
the folder and move it to the lower, right.
Make another copy, open your Transform Tool,
rotate it clockwise and move it to the upper, right.
Make one more copy and position this one to the lower, left.
To fit it back on
your canvas, press Ctrl or Cmd + 0.
We'll convert all the text into a Smart Object,
so we can displace it using the displacement
map that we saved earlier. To do this, Shift-click
on the bottom folder to highlight all the
folders and click the icon at the upper, right.
Click "Convert to Smart Object".
Go to Filter, Distort and Displace.
Displace the Horizontal
and Vertical Scales: 10, "Stretch to Fit"
and "Repeat Edge Pixels". Then, click OK.
Click the Displacement file and click Open.
The text made a subtle, but important shift
based on the displacement map's tonal values
of the face. Click off the eyeball next to
the text to temporarily hide the layer.
Make a composite snapshot of your image
by first clicking the thumbnail of the face to make
it active and then, pressing Ctrl + Shift
+ Alt + E on Windows
or Cmd + Shift + Option + E on a Mac.
Hide the layer with the layer mask
and drag the composite snapshot to the top of the Layers panel.
Change its Blend
Mode to Linear Burn and make your text visible.
Lastly, we'll brighten the portrait.
Click the Adjustment layer icon and click Levels.
Slide the Input white to the left to approximately 200.
This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV.
Thanks for watching!