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In a previous post I showed how to create a typographic portrait using an existing photograph and several tools in Photoshop.
These wonderful examples above, from the book Men of Letters & People of Substance, show the art and craft that goes into creating a typographic portrait through careful observation and appropriate abstraction of form. The equivalent of drawing with letters, and the pun in the title of the book.
The really clever aspect of these portraits is they are made almost entirely from the letters contained in the person’s name. The only exception I see is the use of an occasional parenthesis.
In addition the letters are all from one typeface. Greene uses only Gill Sans, and Wolfe uses Argenta.
Roberto de Vicq de Cumptich, the artist behind these examples, is a past master of such typographic ingenuity. His wonderful book and subsequent website, Bembo’s Zoo is a spectacular demonstration of the art of type.
If you’ve ever wanted to create a graphic portrait like the one below from type, you’ve come to the right page. You need a good black and white image, then follow the steps underneath. Thanks to Valerie Tracy for the image, and to Kimberly Hines for the instructions.
If using a PC – Replace (Command) with (Cntrl)
1. Select a portrait photo with good contrast & a light background.
2. Go to image>adjustments>brightness/contrast and adjust the contrast to 40
3. Go to Select>Color Range [choose shadows & click OK]
4. Copy the selected pixels in a new layer [Command +J]
5. Go back to the photo layer
6. Go to Select>color range again and choose mid tones
7. Copy to a new layer [Command + J]
8. Click the shadow layer & apply Edit>Fill (use black color with preserve transparency selected & click OK)
9. Click the mid tones layer & edit>fill with 50% gray [this makes a portrait from black & gray color]
10. Click on the shadow layer & press [Command + E] to merge it with the mid tones layer
11. Merge the Shadow layer with the mid tone layer
12. File>New Document. Set Foreground Color to black [press D]
13. Use the type tool to type different words in various fonts & sizes
14. Ctrl-click on type layer to rasterize type for each word
15. Click on each type layer and go to Edit>Define Brush Preset (may want to hide other type layers while you do this). Name each brush so you can keep track, and click OK
16. Go back to the portrait document; create a new layer & make sure that black is the foreground color [ press D]
17. Select the brush tool [press B] and select one of the brushes you created
You can adjust the spacing between each word by going to window>brushes to adjust spacing—clicking on brush tip shape in the brushes panel
18. Brush across the photo and repeat with all brushes
19. Fill it up really well and try to follow the areas where it makes sense on the picture—sort of leave empty areas clean—more or less play around until you get something you like.
20. Create a new layer & press (Command + Delete) to fill it with white
21. Drag this layer under the brush layer
22. Hide all the layers except the black and gray portrait layer & then click on the layer to activate it
23. Select All (Command + A) of the layer & then copy (Command + C)
24. Activate the layer brush & click on Add layer Mask
25. Hold <option> & click on the layer mask thumbnail
26. Paste the content of the black & gray portrait layer in the mask (Command + V)
27. Deselect (Command +D) & then invert the mask (Command +I)
28. Activate the brush layer by clicking on the layer thumbnail (not the layer mask) & the text will appear inside the white & gray areas of the mask
29. Create a new layer & add more text brushes outside the mask