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Typographic Portrait (PS translation)

Discussion in 'Gimp Tips & Tutorials' started by Arzoroc, Jul 25, 2010.

  1. Arzoroc

    Arzoroc Moderator Staff Member

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    Aloha guys ;D I havent been active in Gimp lately, but now I decided to come back with a translation of a very nice Photoshop tutorial from Fabio Sasso on abduzeedo. (Original)
    So, the outcome we will be trying to recieve is the following:
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    Pretty nice-looking, hm? But why would such an effect not be possible in our lovely open source program?
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    !! Basic / slightly advanced GIMP knowledge required, as some basic things will not be described in detail !!
    !! The image I created was for tutorial purposes, and I didnt effort much time into the actual result. Your image will propably look a lot better !!
    !! If you want to share this tutorial on another site (e.g. via Youtube), please mention the source (me) within the video !!
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    So, to begin, we need a big picture of a person's head or face. Attention, the result will be way better when the image we use is quite big. So I decided to take a picture of some person I knew there is a HQ portrait of. Because Obama is black and I don't know whether the effect is as nicely visible with a darker skin, I took a picture of Germany's chancellor Angela Merkel from her wikipedia article. (Keep reading on your own responsibility :D)
    So I opened up the picture in the GIMP and started rendering out the Image with the paths tool.
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    Hit enter to get the path as selection, add an alpha channel to the layer, invert the selection and press delete to get rid of the background.
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    Notice that I cut the image out quickly for the tutorial purposes, but it will look better the more time you invest on it.
    Now add a black background beneath the picture you just rendered, duplicate your original layer and turn the copy to black and white by going Colors -> Desaturate.
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    Play around with the hue and the saturation of the image to make it contrastful without making it look unreal, like I did in the picture above.
    The next thing to come is the text, so make the two portrait-layers invisible, grab your text tool and make a LOT of white text, in all directions and with different sizes.
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    Notice that I made some of the words pretty big. Those will stick out in the end. Finish the whole thing by making every layer except the text layers invisible (also the BG layer!) and merging the text layers together (Rightclick in the layers-dialogue -> Merge Visible Layers). Also add a shadow to the whole text to give it some depth (Either use Drop shadow and merge or be a man and duplicate, color black, go Layer -> Transform -> Offset, offset it by round about 3/3 depending on your image size, put it beneath the white text layer and merge down.) Next, duplicate the merged text layer and blur the bottom one with the Gaussian Blur with a radius of ~5, merge the two text layers again.
    Your layers-dialogue should now look like this:
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    The next step is the most important one.
    First, select your text layer and go Layer -> Layer to Image Size. This is important as the filter we're about to use wont work otherwise.
    Next, keep your text layer selected and go Filters -> Map -> Displace. In the window that popped-up now, select the grey portrait-layer in both of the drop down menues, and adjust the offset-amount to your image size (15 looked best in my 1600x2000 image, its mostly trial and error here, even though it will mostly be between 10 and 30)
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    Now, make both of the two invisible portrait-layers visible again, put the black/white one at top, with the text-layer beneath, and the the colored portrait beneath the text. Play around with the layer modes and the lighting, the hue and saturation and so on to find out what looks best on your image.
    My advice for the layer modes (from top to bottom):
    B/W Portrait Layer, Opacity 100, layer mode "Multiply"
    Text Layer, Opacity 100, layer mode "Grain Merge"
    Colored Portrait Layer, Opacity 100, layer mode "Grain Merge"
    Your image should now look a little something like this ;D
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    The main work is done, the rest is only some final touch, because it looks somehow unfinished.
    Some changes you can make:
    -Blur the text a bit to get rid of the low-quality edges.
    -Alpha to selection the face layer, invert the selection, click on the text layer and press delete to make the text outside your face disappear.
    -Add some background, but make sure it's dark, as the main effect will disappear otherwise.
    -Delete the text on the parts of the face you dont want to have it, like the hair
    -Add some fancy text or logo, your homepage or anything like that.
    I did all those things to my image, so it finally looked like this:
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    There you go!

    Thanks for reading, please post your results and questions here :)
     
  2. David Wood

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    Hi Baum, nice to hear from you, cool tut, I'll have to try it some time.
     
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    thats a great tut, im def going to give it a try soon and post the outcome.
    thanks for sharing it. =)
     
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    Glad you liked it, I'm curious about the outcome :)
     
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    I tell my daughter all the time to quit writing on herself, she comes home from school the other day and what does she look like...tisk...tisk =\

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    The text is pretty pixeled, but I like the word "Katie" on her forehead, because you can see the depth nicely ;)
     
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    BUA HA HA HA HA!!! Good one Rod! :D
     
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    My first attempt. The next one will be better!
     
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    I'd recommend more words and a bit brighter photo. The effect is nicely visible on this picture, though. Well done :)
     
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    Hi Greg! I agree with Baum, it needs to be brighter.
     
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    Oo :D :D I love this tutorial! It's exactly what I needed! I'm actually okay with with what I achieved. It's a start! -shrug-
    [[I hope the picture shows up here now.]]

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    Well lookey here, it did. Whatchu think?
     
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    I'm glad you liked the tut :)

    I think it kinda misses the 3d-ish effect because the font is very small, but you like the outcome which is the most important thing ;)
     
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    This is pretty dope, nice one man!
     
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    If I increase the displace values more than this, it become a clump of black. Then it just looks messy and still doesn't add any depth.
    Well, lets see what its like with a different photo.
    :3


    Thanks for the tut again. :)
     
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    Try a bigger font camasido! :)
     
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    Oo I hope this pic isn't huge here
    ...BUUUT I tried again, for an art project on Mikvah. It turned out better than I thought its would :3

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    ..It's huge -_-

    Well? Is it an improvement?
     
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    There is the 3d effect at least ;)
    I think it's better, but at some point the distortion is too strong. Try lowering the distortion amount a bit (!) and try using more text, bigger and smaller parts, in all directions etc.. It's getting a lot better though ;)
     
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    Yup, Arzo said it!
    But the light in the upper left corner is also getting distorted... is that supposed to happen ?
     
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    A great tutorial, man! I think I put too much text in my picture. But anyway, I like the result.

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    Edit: The result would be better if I had created a shadow for each text-layer before merging them.
    Edit2 (Sept, 27th 2011): Made another one. This is supposed to be a birthday card for my little little sister. She is two years old tomorrow. :D Texts are from some finnish poems I found on the internet.
    Click the thumbnail image to see a larger version!
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    Wow really cool stuff, better than my preview image :) I'm glad you liked it ;)
     

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