Typographic Portrait like Grammy’s Posters

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In this tutorial, we’re going to make a typographic poster (like Grammy’s Typographic Posters) from a simple portrait using Photoshop techniques. Final Image Preview The described effects look nice on portraits with good contrast and light background, but you can easy adjust the contrast and make the background lighter using possibilities of Photoshop. (to make [...]

In this tutorial, we’re going to make a typographic poster (like Grammy’s Typographic Posters) from a simple portrait using Photoshop techniques.

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Make a Typographic Portrait like Grammy's Posters in Adobe Photoshop CS4

The described effects look nice on portraits with good contrast and light background, but you can easy adjust the contrast and make the background lighter using possibilities of Photoshop. (to make this tutorial I have used Female Stock thanks to Katanaz-Stock).

Step 1.

In Adobe Photoshop, open our portrait

Make a Typographic Portrait like Grammy's Posters in Adobe Photoshop CS4

and adjust the contrast Image>Adjustments>Brightness/Contrast

Make a Typographic Portrait like Grammy's Posters in Adobe Photoshop CS4

Make a Typographic Portrait like Grammy's Posters in Adobe Photoshop CS4

Step 2.

From the Select menu, choose Color Range.

Make a Typographic Portrait like Grammy's Posters in Adobe Photoshop CS4

From the Select drop-down menu in the Color Range dialog, choose Shadows and click OK.

Make a Typographic Portrait like Grammy's Posters in Adobe Photoshop CS4

Make a Typographic Portrait like Grammy's Posters in Adobe Photoshop CS4

Press Ctrl+J (MAC: Command+J ) to copy the selected shadows pixels in a new layer. Back to the Background layer in the Layers palette.

Make a Typographic Portrait like Grammy's Posters in Adobe Photoshop CS4

Make a Typographic Portrait like Grammy's Posters in Adobe Photoshop CS4

Step 3.

Use Color Range again, but now choose Midtones from the Select drop-down menu and click OK.

Make a Typographic Portrait like Grammy's Posters in Adobe Photoshop CS4

Press Ctrl+J (MAC: Command+J ) to copy the selected midtones pixels in a new layer.

Make a Typographic Portrait like Grammy's Posters in Adobe Photoshop CS4

Make a Typographic Portrait like Grammy's Posters in Adobe Photoshop CS4

Step 4.

Click on the shadow layer and apply Edit>Fill (Shift+Backspace (Mac: Shift+Delete)). Use Black color, with Preserve Transparency selected, and click OK.

Make a Typographic Portrait like Grammy's Posters in Adobe Photoshop CS4

Then, activate the midtones layer and use the Fill again with 50% Gray color. You should have a portrait made from black and gray color.

Make a Typographic Portrait like Grammy's Posters in Adobe Photoshop CS4

Make a Typographic Portrait like Grammy's Posters in Adobe Photoshop CS4

Step 5.

Click on the shadow layer and press Ctrl+E (MAC: Command+E) to Merge Down it with the midtones layer.

Make a Typographic Portrait like Grammy's Posters in Adobe Photoshop CS4

Step 6.

Create a new document File>New (Ctrl+N (MAC: Command+N)). Set the Foreground color to black by pressing D. Use the Type tool (T) to type different words in various fonts and sizes.

Make a Typographic Portrait like Grammy's Posters in Adobe Photoshop CS4

Right click to select Rasterize Type for each word

Make a Typographic Portrait like Grammy's Posters in Adobe Photoshop CS4

and from the Edit menu, choose Define Brush Preset. Give a name for each brush in the Brush Name dialog and click OK.

Make a Typographic Portrait like Grammy's Posters in Adobe Photoshop CS4

Make a Typographic Portrait like Grammy's Posters in Adobe Photoshop CS4

Step 7.

Click the Create a New Layer at the bottom of the Layers palette. Set the Foreground color to black by pressing D.

Make a Typographic Portrait like Grammy's Posters in Adobe Photoshop CS4

Choose Brush Tool (B) and select one of your created brushes from the Brush Picker in the Options Bar.

Make a Typographic Portrait like Grammy's Posters in Adobe Photoshop CS4

In the Brushes panel(F5), click on the Brush Tip Shape. Adjust the Spacing between each word, Diameter and Angle of the brush. Paint on the new layer and feel free to experiment with the Spacing, Diameter and Angle of the brush.

Make a Typographic Portrait like Grammy's Posters in Adobe Photoshop CS4

Repeat with your other custom brushes.

Make a Typographic Portrait like Grammy's Posters in Adobe Photoshop CS4

Make a Typographic Portrait like Grammy's Posters in Adobe Photoshop CS4

Make a Typographic Portrait like Grammy's Posters in Adobe Photoshop CS4

Make a Typographic Portrait like Grammy's Posters in Adobe Photoshop CS4

Step 8.

Create a new layer, Press Ctrl+Backspace (MAC: Command+Delete) to fill it with white color

Make a Typographic Portrait like Grammy's Posters in Adobe Photoshop CS4

and and drag it under the layer painted with brushes

Make a Typographic Portrait like Grammy's Posters in Adobe Photoshop CS4

Step 9.

Hide all the layers except the black&gray portrait layer, and then click on that layer to make it active.

Make a Typographic Portrait like Grammy's Posters in Adobe Photoshop CS4

Press Ctrl+A (MAC: Command+A) to Select All content of the layer and then press Ctrl+C (MAC: Command+C) to Copy.

Make a Typographic Portrait like Grammy's Posters in Adobe Photoshop CS4

Step 10.

Activate the layer painted with brushes, click on the Add Layer Mask at the bottom of the Layers palette to add a layer mask.

Make a Typographic Portrait like Grammy's Posters in Adobe Photoshop CS4

Hold Alt (MAC: Option) and click on the layer mask thumbnail.

Make a Typographic Portrait like Grammy's Posters in Adobe Photoshop CS4

Press Ctrl+V (MAC: Command+V) to paste the content of the black&gray portrait layer in the mask.

Make a Typographic Portrait like Grammy's Posters in Adobe Photoshop CS4

Press Ctrl+D (MAC: Command+D) to Deselect. Press Ctrl+I (MAC: Command+I) to Invert the mask.

Make a Typographic Portrait like Grammy's Posters in Adobe Photoshop CS4

Step 11.

Activate the layer painted with brushes (not the mask) by clicking on the layer thumbnail. The text will appear inside the white&gray areas
of the mask.

Make a Typographic Portrait like Grammy's Posters in Adobe Photoshop CS4

Create a new layer and add more text brushes outside the mask.

Make a Typographic Portrait like Grammy's Posters in Adobe Photoshop CS4

Step 12.

Add a Gradient Overlay style to the layer painted with brushes by clicking on the Add a Layer Style icon (fx) at
the bottom of the Layers palette and select Gradient Overlay.

Make a Typographic Portrait like Grammy's Posters in Adobe Photoshop CS4

Click on the Gradient, and select the Blue, Red, Yellow gradient in the Gradient Editor dialog box and click OK.

Make a Typographic Portrait like Grammy's Posters in Adobe Photoshop CS4

Step 13.

Repeat the same operation for layer with text brushes outside the mask but use Violet, Orange gradient in the Gradient Editor.

Make a Typographic Portrait like Grammy's Posters in Adobe Photoshop CS4

Make a Typographic Portrait like Grammy's Posters in Adobe Photoshop CS4

That’s it! Our Typographic Portrait like Grammy’s Posters is complete.

Make a Typographic Portrait like Grammy's Posters in Adobe Photoshop CS4

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112 Responses

09.01.09

Cool work, thank you

09.01.09

Awesome work! thanks

09.01.09

very cool ! nicely written too ! will have to try this out !

09.01.09

What a great effect! Very unique :D

I luv this tutorial! AWESOME!!!

09.01.09

Super cool

09.01.09

I went through a first run of this tutorial, and decided to back up to do more type brushes. When I thought I was ready, I moved ahead and got stuck at a place that didn’t happen the first time. I cannot past the black/grey image selection into the Layer mask on the type layer. The portrait image gets pasted in a separate layer. I have tried in both Photoshop 7 and in CS. Any ideas?

09.01.09

Oh, and i was always careful to select the layer mask icon. Puzzling, since I did it once.

09.01.09

Really cool… Has me wanting to give it a shot.

09.01.09

Found answer on the Photoshopgroup list on Yahoo.
When selecting the layer mask, hold Alt key. Then paste in the loaded image.

09.01.09

I think you work came out awesome! However when I do it step by step by the step where I have to do the midtones and create a layer with them, they come out so faint that it looks like theres nothing there at all. Why do you think this may be? I tried it over and over and over again. Initially with 40 percent contrast the way you did it and then a bunch of other ways. None seemed to cause the midtones to show up…

Anyways hope to hear from you if you have time…
In any event thanks for the tut!

09.01.09

Kept at it and found out what was going wrong with the midtone and shadow steps. However, now I can’t seem to do the brush steps. Is it because I have CS and have to do rasterize layer instead of rasterize text?

Thanks

09.01.09

Wow…this is legendary…
Great tut man, thanks

09.01.09

echt gut…ich habe eine menge gelernt. danke

09.01.09

Wow, really cool~!
wil try and follow it soon~

09.01.09

very good!

09.01.09

Very good thanks.

09.01.09

@ carol

the same thing happens to me, i even tried ur fix and still nothing

09.01.09

Great tutorial. Well laid out and great directions. Thanks.

09.01.09

Really useful information. I read a similar article in ‘Photoshop Retouch’ but I like yours better.

09.01.09

Hello, would you mind if I translate your tutorial and place it on our website?

We’ll give the link to the original of your tutorial in our translation. Thanks!

09.01.09

I just can’t paste into the layer mask! Anyone figure it out already?

Please Help…

09.01.09

i am very like….!!!!!!!!

09.01.09

very fun:-) but a little creepy:-P

09.01.09

Bloody brilliant.. love it!

09.01.09

WoW
very good
awesome outcome

09.01.09

hey i tryed this tut but there is a problem in step 10 when i add a layer mask to layer 3 than when i try holding Alt and click on layer mask a new gray layer mask appears after that when i try to past black&gray portrait layer in the mask it dosent past it on mask it creats a new layer then when i invert the pic it dosent invert
iam using cs4 so just wanted to tell u if iam making a mistake plz tell me cuz this is a kool tut and i wanted 2 try it thanks :)

09.01.09

That’s a great workflow to achieve this result.

Nice one !

09.01.09

Brilliant

09.01.09

Quite bad

09.01.09

So , cool! very useful tutorial. Thanks ^^
Typograpy very hard. But your typography is awesome and colorful.
I luv it.

09.01.09

Thanks for learn us how to make this impressive effect.

09.01.09

This is freakin’ sweet!! I’m going to try this with a pic of my hottie wife!! Excellent stuff!!

09.01.09

thats rad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

09.01.09

this is moderatly hard to follow. you should put in more details on how liberally to distribute the words around step 7.

09.01.09

I love this tut:so nice.thanks

09.01.09

can somebody tell me how to paste the content of the black&gray portrait layer in the mask. whenever i paste it it creates a new layer and not in the mask. thanks.

09.01.09

hey folks. i’ve solved it already. i’ve already pasted the the content of the black&gray portrait layer in the mask (step 10). this is what i did:

when pasting to the mask, from layers palette, change it into channels palette and make all the layers visible. once it is visible, paste it in the channels palette. then return to layers palette and you may now follow the rest of the tutorial. hope this helps.

09.01.09

i like this cool tutorial

09.01.09

nice interesting thanks for sharing this tutorial

09.01.09

YOU ROOOOOOOOOOOOOCKKKKK!!! This is the BEST tutorial I’ve ever seen. Your instructions are so clear, it’s really easy to follow and the result is simply genius. I’ve already done my poster and I’m static with the result. Thank you so much for sharing!!

09.01.09

Wow, thanks for this really detailed tutorial! I did it on an image of me: http://img9.imageshack.us/img9/4528/typographygrammys.jpg

It’s a lot of work but I like the result.

09.01.09

tutorial as tight as a tiger. GG

great tuto!!! lots of thanks!

09.01.09

cool tutorial, even if you don’t copy it 100%

09.01.09

Here’s my final version of it: http://i46.tinypic.com/27x05mw.jpg

09.01.09

I’m using CS2 and I’m stuck on step 6. It will not let me define brush presets. Can someone help me? please?!?!

09.01.09

Omgosh, this looks great and thank you for going step by step,other websites expect you to already know all the other details!! I love it!

09.01.09

wonderful tut !!! amazing…

09.01.09

Awesome work!….thanks

09.01.09

Very Smart. I always wondered how they do this kinda stuff and neve thought of using a brush!

09.01.09

Thats amazing.. Thanks a bunch!! :]

09.01.09

wow… nice tutorial

09.01.09

this is so great. i used it for an art project and it turned out beautifully :) thanks so much!

09.01.09

Am I missing something? I can’t select the shadows back in step 2. I have photoshop elements 8. Is there some other way to do this?

09.01.09

great tutor! thx :D

09.01.09

Superb!! Excellent work!! I really love this!! I gotta love this site

09.01.09

amazing! Thank you

09.01.09

Wonderfull wotk, thanks for this tutorial.

09.01.09

Thank you it’s very best tutor

Great job, what a brilliant tutorial
I love it, BIG thnks

09.01.09

this looks terrible, and it’s lazy…

09.01.09

i think this is the best tutorial i’ve ever seen. i never got lost, when i couldn’t do sg i just had to read again – more carefully that time – and then it happened. thank you,
i think it is beautiful and i’ve learned a lot.

09.01.09

Here is my result using this technique. Love it and will have to try more sometime soon!
Thanks, learned a lot!

Al

09.01.09
09.01.09

Ah, my graphic design teacher showed us this tutorial in class a few days ago. Not only is this so easy, but it’s also very fun. (And in my opinion, I love the results.) Vielen dank!

By the way, here’s one I did on a stock image: http://naomihansen.deviantart.com/art/Wir-Lieben-DeviantArt-163956858

09.01.09

soooooooooo artistic
nice work

09.01.09

great work congratulations

09.01.09

why i can’t put the black/gray into the mask (step 11)?

09.01.09

awesome tutorial…..just luv it………..

09.01.09

hi, nice work of art, but i need help. I’m using CS3 and I’m stuck on step 6. It will not let me define brush presets. Can someone help me? please email me or leave a comment. please please please.

09.01.09

i was trying from long time befor going throw this. But i found it very easy when i when’t throw this

Thank you

09.01.09

very cool

09.01.09

Great work congratulations

09.01.09

hi, that’s cool

09.01.09

this is awesome. i am gonna try doing this!@#$%^&*

09.01.09

can anyone do me a potrit of me and my wife, i al wlilling to pay

thanks

javier cantualla

09.01.09

Ok, i do not understand the step 9! Can someone help me please? I always do it over again, but i really can’t understand the step 9, i need help. Please?

09.01.09

Okay i finished the step 9, but now I’m stuck with step 10. Okay i really need help. :(

Very nice. Great work. Thanks for this tutorial.

09.01.09

Bookmarked. Awesome and easy guide to follow! Thanks!

09.01.09

Im on step 7 my words aren’t showing in my brush options……. HELP?

09.01.09

SuperB

09.01.09

i love this!

09.01.09

thanks for the tutorial.. THANKS!!

Great tutorial, I just can’t figure out why define brush preset isn’t available… I rasterized the type then I tried rasterizing all the layers no matter what I do it won’t illuminate. It’s really frustrating…

09.01.09

you did excellent job in this beautiful tutorial.

thank you so much for your sharing.
very great tutorial

09.01.09

GOOD WORK

09.01.09

thanks, im trying to teach myself photoshop in heaven ~ u know it doesnt exist when i created man

09.01.09

Your Comments

STEP 4
“Click on the shadow layer”

can someone help? where is shadow layer in CS5?

thx

cheers

09.01.09

amazig. i didn’t see such great work on photoshop.

09.01.09

My “Define Brush Preset” option is locked. How do I get around this? Please help me!!

09.01.09

Thank you for the tutorial. I tried to create something, my attempt find here: http://danielawrites.blogspot.com/2011/04/typografie.html
(I’m from the Czech Republic, so excuse me for my English)

09.01.09

FREAKN AWESOME TUTORIAL :D

[[HERES MY END RESULT]]

THANK YOUU!!!

09.01.09

Does *not* work when you have shadows under the hair. will mess up.

09.01.09

Great tutorial, perfectly laid out instructions, appreciate it! keep up the good work :)
Thanks!

09.01.09

hi i really like this and i really want to do it for the title page of my art project but it wont let me define brush preset….please help! i so would love to be able to make this!!!!

it’z rely dfclt 2 du diz type f job!!!superb!!!!:)

It’s pretty cool. I have to do it at school for a project! xD

09.01.09

thank u ,i really work

09.01.09

Thank you, this is amazing.
Only took me an hour and I expected it to take me much longer since I’m new to this.

09.01.09

can somebody tell me how to paste the content of the black&gray portrait layer in the mask. whenever i paste it it creates a new layer and not in the mask. … even i tried wid channels palette as mentioned bt still not working plssss help i want to complete dis pllsss

09.01.09

Wonderful Article! I just did mine… LOOKS AWESOME! Thank you!

P.S. While I was working on mine, I came across a problem that I’m sure others probably ran into also. In STEP 10, you are told to paste the image into the MASK which i tried unsuccessfully for an hour before realizing what the problem is. In order to successfully be able to paste into the mask WITHOUT creating a new layer, you must click on the layer with the mask, then select the CHANNELS tab. Make sure the MASK CHANNEL has a check in the box next to it. Now go back to the LAYERS, select the masked layer, and press CTRL V. Hopes this helps everyone who’s had this problem! Cheers!

09.01.09

woww… Wonderful man.. :D I Love this tutorial… :D Great post man.. :)

09.01.09

this tutorial was very comprehensive! thank you very much for sharing!

09.01.09

Cool Design, Good Job! Congratulation………

09.01.09

Hello my friend! I wish to say that this post is amazing, nice written and come with approximately all vital infos. I’d like to see extra posts like this .

09.01.09

awesome tutorial everything was so clear and in detail you did a real good job .. great work seriously GOD bless you

09.01.09

when i get to this step

and from the Edit menu, choose Define Brush Preset. Give a name for each brush in the Brush Name dialog and click OK.

the selections is gray meaning i cant select define brush preset. How do I get past this

09.01.09

Really ! Wonderfull..

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