Typographic Portrait – A Different Form of Digital Art

Typographic portrait is now becoming a fad, one of the most popular and interesting art forms in the field of digital artwork designing. The popular sayings can be used as the starting of this write up, like – “A good sketch is better than a long speechorA picture is worth a thousand words”. Sometimes, even the most difficult issue can be made easy and spoken using a single image. This piece is a fusion of both – text and image.

Now let’s start the ‘how to’ of this text-image fusion. Actually a portrait of picture has to be made with the mixtures of both images and text or words, where the text will be used to shape the portraits as well as the words within may have messages to deliver.

To surprise our dear ones a typographic portrait of their can be created easily. The necessary things needed to perform this are as listed below:

  • Base image which will be used as a container of the typographic portrait
  • Some typefaces to fill the container
  • A software like Adobe Photoshop
  • Little bit of creativity

The first thing that is needed is to choose an image to be the base of the typographic portrait. One needs to keep in mind that the image should have good contrast between subject and background.

Next part is the most vital and delicate part. In this part the typographic portrait will be actually made. The job here is to break the image into small text, as small as possible. The text pieces can be divided on the basis of the following:

Different shade required.

Different text slope required.

Different text size required.

The number of pieces the picture is divided, the more crisp and accurate the typographical portrait will be.

The next most critical part is to create slanting lines across the subject. This is like illustrating the contours through the lines. These lines will be used to write the text along the line curve. The curved text will give completeness to the typographical portrait however it is a time consuming task.

This is the most exciting part. After finishing the curves, use the type on a path tool to write text on the slanting lines or contours. Test with different font sizes, different font colors etc. keep in mind that there is no fixed way to do this, just use what is convenient. Use words that signify the selected subject well. Carry out the test with different fonts, size and color until and unless satisfaction is achieved.

Refer to the online tutorials like 10steps.Sg, abduzeedo.com, blog.entheosweb.com, designbump.com, beautifullife.info etc. to create typographic portrait.



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