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Create a Picture out of Text with Photoshop


Recently i was messing around with Adobe Photoshop, (its what i do when im bored) and i hit a bump. Have you ever seen those cool images completely made out of text or patterns (left)? Ive always wanted to create one of those, i fooled around with a bunch of methods, but most were extremely time consuming. Then i stumbled across this post on a forum.
How to turn your image into text. This method is extremely concise and easy to follow (below). Unfortunately the final outcome link is broken and therefore unable to be viewed. I have seen the the picture before it was corrupted and it looked pretty incredible. So try it yourself and see what you can make.


  1. Convert your image to black and white using Image > Adjustments > Channel Mixer. (Monochrome box = checked). Basically, you want clearly defined highlights (the lightest parts) and shadows (the darkest parts).
  2. In text editor e.g. notepad/Word, create your text > highlight > copy
  3. Back in Photoshop: Grab your text tool (T) and drag a rectangle over the entire image. Once you let go, in the dialog box that appears at the top select your font and size (I used Arial and 12pt but it’s up to you).
  4. Paste text you copied into this field. If you need more, just keep pasting until the whole screen is covered (Adjust text spacing as necessary).
  5. Duplicate text layer twice.
  6. Bottom layer (Shadows) – set text to black
  7. Middle layer (Midtones) – set text to a medium grey e.g., #7F7F7F
  8. Top layer (Highlights) – set text to a light grey e.g., #C5C5C5
  9. Select all three text layers > right click and select Rasterize Type in the popup menu.
  10. In Layers palette - make the text layers invisible (by clicking the eye icon)
  11. Select Layer 1 i.e.,, your image
  12. From the menu - Select>Color Range.
  13. From Select drop down box, choose Shadows > OK (you’ll see shadows selected)
  14. With Lasso (L) tool selected, Right Click on image > Select Inverse
  15. Click on eye icon for first text layer (make sure it is selected) > Delete
  16. Command/Control + D to deselect (Remember, when you are selecting the color range, only Layer 1 should be visible. When you go to delete from the text layer, make sure it's visible.)
  17. Select middle text layer, and repeat process, choosing Midtones in Color Range.
  18. Repeat for top layer choosing Highlights in Color Range
  19. Click on eye icon to turn off image layer and boom there it is


Turn Your Image Into Text [via digialjuice.com]

18 comments:

Ann said...

Thanks for posting this! I've always wanted to do this. I just created a vector graphic design a couple days ago, and had to freehand the lettering. I even tried to google how to do this but couldn't find what I was looking for. And here I stumble across it here! Can't wait to try it - I'll let you know how it goes.

IntelliMind said...

like you i once had that problem and thought other people would probaly want to know how to do it too. Im glad you enjoyed it

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Anonymous said...

wtf?i tried it and it onlly erased everything,this is such a stupid tutorial,dont even waste your time

Anonymous said...

Yeah... I followed the steps and everything just got deleted... what the heck man? Awful tutorial :(

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