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Typography Portrait Tutorial by lVlorf3us Typography Portrait Tutorial by lVlorf3us
Hi there. I present you my tutorial. I thought that the technique of Typography Portrait is quite obvious, but since there are so many people asking about that, it's better to make a tutorial. :)

Pardon my imperfect english. :)

Enjoy!

----MY TYPOGRAPHY PORTRAITS ---

~~~~ Scarlett Johansson: [link] ~~~~
~~~~ Yvonne Strahovski: [link] ~~~~
~~~~ Cylon Centurion: [link] ~~~~
~~~~ Dexter: [link] ~~~~
~~~~ Aaron: [link] ~~~~

~~~~ Watch: [link] ~~~~
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Synn0Nihm Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thankyou.
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lVlorf3us Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014
You're welcome, I'm glad it helps.
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KerensaW Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome!  I do a lot of Fan Art for Michael Jackson and have been wanting to learn this for a long time now - can't wait to try it when I have more time. :)
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lVlorf3us Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014
Thank you for comment. I'm glad you like it and hopefully you'll try it yourself soon enough. :-) Good luck and I'll be happy to see the result - either here or in messages, feel free to share it with me once it's done.
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CamHeg91 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014
WOW! that is GREAT! and a GOOD idea :) <3
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thoughtsoflove Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
what progam do you use?
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lVlorf3us Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014
Adobe Photoshop CS5 (in tutorial).
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thoughtsoflove Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you so much

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Lenalee11 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is perfect!!! I couldnt figure out the path tool XD 
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lVlorf3us Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013
Thank you. Path tool is hard to handle from the beginning (when I started I was really afraid of it.. I just didn't understant that crazy tool). But after some practise you'll do just fine. ;)
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Lenalee11 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
yah, I didnt understand it until now as well. I'm creating a shirt design, so this is really helpful =) Too bad I cant upload it though, because it has personal information on it XD
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lVlorf3us Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013
I'm glad my tutorial is helpful. I understand, never mind, I believe it looks great. :)
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s23476 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013
love typography tutorials & I wish I can do the same or better
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lVlorf3us Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013
I believe you can do the same or even better than my typography portraits. Just go through my tutorial, follow the steps and most importantly - be patient, then you make something amazing. :-)
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fractalbeauty25 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I've been looking for a tutorial to do this technique for some time...thanks so much! I'll try this soon!! :D
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lVlorf3us Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013
You're very welcome! I definitely want to see your result. Feel free to share it with me (comment or something), when it's done. Good luck!
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fractalbeauty25 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
thanks, I'll definitely share it with you when I do this!! :)
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Petra1999 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013
This is awesome, I'm gonna try this!
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lVlorf3us Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
Thank you! I'm glad you like it and good luck with that. When you create it, I'd love to see it - you can share it here into a comment, or add a comment to my profile or something.
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ChiyusPlacebo Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013
Thank you so much for this tutorial. I searched a long time. Here is the result of my trying: [link]
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lVlorf3us Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
You're very welcome. I'm glad it helped you. Your result looks good! Maybe I'd try some color overlay from the base photo, but it looks great even in black & white, so it's up to you. :)
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monu66 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013
awesome tut ..1 of the best tut on typography
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lVlorf3us Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013
Thanks! I appreciate it! :)
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dandon7 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great work ;)
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lVlorf3us Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
Thank you! glad you like it.
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everlastingwhy Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
Thank you so much for the tutorial! It took FOREVER but I ended up with this as a result of it! [link]
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lVlorf3us Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
Hi! You're very welcome, I'm glad it helped you. Thanks for sharing your result, it looks great, you did very good job. :) If I may suggest one thing - darken the background and the real colors (from photograph) will look better. Try it and you'll see.. the darker the background is, the better, because the background color is leaking through the gapes between the words and affects the typography. But of course it's up to you, it looks amazing as it is. ;)
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Aluciel286 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Student General Artist
I've been bashing my head in all day trying to figure this out...i've tried following every tutorial i've found, but for some reason, it just doesn't work for me. I don't understand what I am doing wrong :(
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lVlorf3us Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
Well, I don't know either. :) Where's the problem exactly? I assume you make your curve with path tool. Then, maybe, you somehow click wrong with the text tool. You have to move your cursor on the curve so you can see that the icon of the cursor changes (you'll see letter T and curve above or under it). And then you click and you write on the curve. Editing text (words, letters) is quite easy (changing size etc.), so I don't see any problem here. Just try it once again and I hope it'll go better now. Good luck, I believe you'll manage it somehow. :)
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Aluciel286 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Student General Artist
I realize that now, thank you :) I was attempting something way beyond my skill and once I realized that, it was way easy. :3
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lVlorf3us Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
You're welcome. :-) I'd be happy to see your result in future, you can post it there in comment, once it's finished. Good luck.
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violinsane Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012
Hi, I used your tutorial to make this: [link] . Thanks so much!
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lVlorf3us Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
You're welcome. It looks amazing! I'm glad my tutorial helped you to achieve this. Congratulation, it's really clean and beautiful. :)
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violinsane Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
Thank you; your tutorial explained it really well and made the whole thing way less intimidating :)
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Crook-Ouhai Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I finished my portrait! Although this was for my photography exam, not the contest.

[link]

I've received many compliments, and it's all thanks to you! :D
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lVlorf3us Featured By Owner May 10, 2012
Thanks for sharing. It looks great! I'm happy my tutorial helped you. You did very good job. :)
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Crook-Ouhai Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :) I still need practice though :P

Thanks again :D
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Crook-Ouhai Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi, thanks for the tutorial :D its really awesome, but I'm having problems with colouring the words. I agree that using masks is a much simpler and better idea, but I don't quite understand what you mean when you say:

"After that hide the original text layer and leave visible only the new merged one. Now make a selection of the merged layer, click on the base picture and duplicate (CTRL+J). Now just hide the merged layer, put some background beneath the duplicated layer and thats it"

I merged all the text layers together, and then got stuck :S Sorry, you explained it perfectly, its just I'm not so great at this

tutorial is awesome though! :)
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lVlorf3us Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012
Hi! You're welcome! Thanks for watch and badge and of course for your comment too. Well, it's simple. If you merged it, just select the merged-text-area (ctrl + click on the layer thubnail in layers panel). Once you have the selection, click on the base-picture layer, and duplicate (CTRL+J) the selection from that layer and you get new layer with the same area as the merged area (it means area with text) but now, because it's duplicated from the photograph, it's colored with the exact colors you need, so you hide everything else but the new duplicated layer and you're there! I hope you understand it now, I don't know how could I explain it better. :) Thanks again for your appreciation!
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Crook-Ouhai Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Yay thank-you! I love this tutorial, and its helped me so much with my photography exam work :D

thanks for such a quick reply too :)
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lVlorf3us Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012
You're welcome. I'm really happy it helped you! So problem solved? Did you get it done? I mean, the duplication of colors from the photo? If so, can I see the result? :-) You can post url here, into comment, I'd love to see it, if it's not anything private.
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Crook-Ouhai Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
umm yes, I will, but I'm entering it in a contest, so I can't post until the closing date - But I promise I will! :)
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lVlorf3us Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
I understand. :-) A contest? Well, good luck!
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Crook-Ouhai Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Of course I will give credit, where credit is due :)
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lVlorf3us Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
I appreciate that! :-)
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CCguiltypleasures Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Student General Artist
i want to try this right now =/ been searching trying to figure it out so hopefully i can do it,
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lVlorf3us Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012
I believe you can. :) Hope my tutorial will help you.
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serafine-enifares Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Student General Artist
I have a couple of questions, if that's ok. :D

How many words do you normally use in a portrait?

How possible do you think it would be to do a portrait like this in a 10 hour exam? I'd love to do something like this for my graphics exam, but I'm not sure whether I'd be able to fit it in.

Also, how much practice would I need to do before doing this in an exam? I've never done anything like this, apart from some very basic typography.

Thanks for the tutorial, it's really great!
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lVlorf3us Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
Hi! Thanks for comment.

Ok, how many words? It's really hard to tell. This particular portrait has 380 layers and minimally 100 of them are the hair layers, where I repeated her name over and over. The rest of it is her filmography, biography, quotes etc. .. and I think I didn't use anything twice this time, so there might be about 1640 words.

Next question. 10 hours is really ok. This portrait took me 7 hours (my Cylon portrait took 6 hours), so it's really enough time to do this. The bigger font you use, the faster it's done. No need to do is as detailed as I did my Scarlett portrait (about 1200 layers, 32 hours of work).

Next question. You need to know, how to use Pen tool for sure [making curves, then click on it with text tool, paste the text on the curve and adjust the width / size of it so it fits. It's mechanical work, you'll do it automatically. The only, non-automaticall thing about it is that you need to work with the text and in every new layer, logically, you must continue the sentence from where it ended in the previous layer. So you'll be just ALT-TABing between photoshop and notepad, or wherever you have your text, and copy it. My shortcut is to insert loads of text into one layer and when I duplicate it, edit the curve with the pen tool, I just delete the sentence that is visible in the previous layer and the next sentence become visible right in that second without worrying about copying it.

Oh, one more thing I found out last week and what is the most time-consuming thing about making these portraits: when you have more curves and you make new one and you want to click on it with a text tool, there's like 50% chance you won't be able to, because it automaticcaly click on some existing text layer that is next to your new layer. So I always had to click on some layers and make them unvisible so I can make a new one. And here's the tip: if you make your curve and choose the Text Tool, then hold down SHIFT and click on the curve. It forces it to make a new layer so you can't click on anything else. :-) If I knew this before, I'd save about 20% time on every single portrait.

Sorry for the long text. Long story cut short - it's absolutelly doable and possible to make it within 10 hours. You just need to know how to use pen tool (at least making the curve.. click on the start, click on the end, then add some anchor points on the curve and drag them and adjust the radius about them.. just basic stuff) and Text tool (not a big deal, just click on the curve and then, in Text window, just adjust the width / size) and I think that's it. In the end you need to mask it, as it is in the tutorial and you're done!

I wish you good luck with that and if you finish it, I'd love to see the outcome. :-)
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serafine-enifares Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Student General Artist
Thanks for such a detailed reply!

I think the reason I wanted to know how many words it was is because I was wondering if I would have time to write something myself, because it would be a great thing to show in the development. I think around 1000 words would be fine, we have 10 weeks of preparation time before the final exam, so that shouldn't be too difficult (I think I just jinxed myself :/)

I'm thinking that I have enough experience in Photoshop that of I needed to, I could launch into doing it right now. I've used the pen tool loads before now, and the text tool is like second nature to me (I've done quite a few posters with awkward text)

Thanks for the tip on getting text on a new layer, I've had similar problems on different things before.

I will make sure to upload it when I'm done, and even if I end up doing a different method for my final exam, this has been very helpful, and I am planning to do some typography portraits anyway. I'll make sure to credit you for the help!
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