Learn how to merge text into portraits with this fun Photoshop project

Watch the video: how to superimpose text over a portrait in Photoshop

Text and pictures are sometimes hard to pair together well. We’ve all seen the standard work of novice designers, where a recorder is just laid over the image and white or coloured text placed on top. But there’s differently to team the 2 – and that we don’t got to be professional designers to try to to it.

By using some basic tools in Photoshop, we will make our text wrap round the subject’s face during a portrait and double abreast of creative content. A photograph will punch through the distorted text within the final image.

Once you’ve done it, you’ll apply this system to any portraits – perhaps a homemade greeting card together with your favorite person and poem, or a motivational speech by one among your idols. Let’s take a better check out how it’s done.

STEP BY STEP: Add a few words

1 BLUR the image

Open a portrait image and attend Filter>Gaussian blur. Add around 20px of blur and click on OK. attend File>Save As and reserve it as a PSD. We’ll use this image later to map the text distortion (so the text wraps round the face). Ctrl/Cmd+Z to undo until you’ve got your original, clear image back.


With the sort tool selected, left-click and drag a box bent encompass the entire of your photograph. Copy and paste or type in your favorite text. Delete all line breaks. Highlight all the text (Ctrl/Cmd+A) and navigate to the Paragraph tab. Select Justify All, and untick Hyphenate.

If you’ve got trouble with bending at the sides , make the sort box bigger than the image


Copy and paste the formatted text until it fills the entire photo. With the text layer selection, attend Filter>Displace. within the box that appears, hit Rasterize. Choose the default settings and click on OK. When another box appears, double-click on the blurred image that you simply saved earlier.


Hold Ctrl/Cmd and left-click on the rasterized text layer, to pick the text. You’ll see ‘marching ants’ dancing round the screen within the shape of the text. confirm you untick the layer’s visibility. Next attend Edit>Copy Merged. This copies the choice into the computer’s clipboard.

5 IT’S beat the dimensions

Reduce the leading of the sort in order that there’s a minimal gap between the lines of text. This isn’t essential but you’ll get a more accurate representation of the face if the text is tighter-fitting. Also use a comparatively small point size when choosing the dimensions of your font.

6 MAKE a replacement DOCUMENT

Make a replacement document and paste in your copied material. The document are going to be sized to the choice you’ve copied. Then make your background black, double-click on the background layer and click on okay to unlock the layer. Now hit Ctrl/Cmd+I to invert the color from white to black


As if by magic, your portrait will appear underneath the morphed text. Add a Levels Adjustment layer to extend the contrast within the final image, reduce the highlights and convey up the blacks if needed. Then just reserve it . attend File>Save As… and choose JPEG.

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