Create a Wordle Word Cloud and add in a Photo Portrait with Photoshop CC


Hello this is Jeff at Magical Fruit Tuts.
In this tutorial I show how to to make a Wordle image and how to combine that Wordle image
with a photo of Abraham Lincoln to create Wordle Art. Here are some other images I have done using
this method for Leonardo Da Vinci, and Theodore Roosevelt. This tutorial uses black and white Wordles
and portrait images. In a future video tutorial, I will work with colored Wordles and portraits. Here is a quick tutorial overview. We’ll start out by creating Wordle image on
the Wordle website. The text used is from the Gettysburg address. Next we’ll cut out the letters, distort them,
and color them. Then we’ll take an image of Lincoln and crop
it, adjust it, and make it a sepia style. Finally we’ll place Lincoln in the image,
Then make opacity adjustments, and apply adjustments with the Camera Raw Filter. To begin the project we need a word cloud.
Browse to wordle.net Click Create
Paste in some text. I used the Gettysburg Address.
Add a few words describing the image. Such as “Gettysburg Address” and “Lincoln”
Put a tilde between the word Gettysburg and the Word Address. That will force the two
words to appear one after another. Duplicate Gettysburg Address and Lincoln a
few times so they will appear three times. This will make them appear larger in the wordle.
Before continuing inspect the text and insert any tildes that you may want. In this case
I put a tilde betweeen four and score and also seven and years.
I also repeated four~score and seven~years so they would appear larger. Press Go. A random word cloud will appear.
Next choose Color. Choose White on Black or WB
In the options menu choose font. I choose Berylium as it looks quite historic.
Then choose Layout. Choose Straigter edges and then choose Mostly Horizontal At this point keep pressing re-layout with
current settings in the Layout menu until you find a word cloud that is fairly rectangular
with not too much black space at the sides. When done, Click the save as PNG button.
Save the file as word.png Open the Wordle picture in Photoshop.
choose Image – Size Change image resolution to 300 pixels per
inch. Double-Click the Background layer. Name it
letters. Save the image as a psd file To select the letters, Choose Select color
range. Select shadows. Move the Fuzziness slider to 0. and the range slider to 18. For
your picture play with the fuzziness and range sliders till the letters are clear.
Check the Invert box. Click OK to load the selection. Duplicate the selection. Name the new layer
letters. Press D to Select Black as your forground
color. Choose the bottom layer. Fill it with black.
Name it bg. At this point we’ll distort the letters a
little to help fill up the image. Select the letters layer. Chose Edit – Transform
– Distort Drag the letters up near the top of the image
then drag the letters down near the bottom. Place embed the portrait image.
Name it Lincoln. Rasterize it. Next we will crop Lincoln out of the image
and add a sepia style. First turn off the eyes of the letters layer
and the bg layer. To make it easier to see whats happening.
Make a new layer below the Lincoln image. Fill it with 50% grey Make the Lincoln layer active.
I used the quick selection tool with Sample all layers turned off to select Lincoln.
Here is the resulting basic selection. Then select Refine edge. Make the view On-Black
Choose smart radius of 8 pixels. Choose the drawing brush and trace around
the edges. Set smooth to 2 pixels
There is some backlight on some of the edges. To remove, Set Feather to 3.3 pixels
and Shift Edge to -18% “Change Output to” to layer mask. The settings
for your image may differ The cutout looks pretty good, but you can
tweak it using the mask. Press D to make black your foreground color.
Select Lincolns mask. Use a soft round brush about size 50. touch up as needed. Here I
removed some fuzz outside his left arm. Press the X key to change the foreground color
to white. Use this to add back any missing color areas. Once your happy with it. Delete the 50% grey
layer it is no longer needed. Duplicate the Lincoln layer. This improves
the quality of the image. Then merge the original and the duplicate.
Rename it Lincoln again and add a layer mask to it. Next we’ll apply a sepia style to the image
to give it some color and an antique look. Add a color overlay layer style. Make the
color e1d3b3 make the blend “Color”. Lower the opacity to about 51% Turn on the eyes of all the layers.
With the Lincoln layer active, Choose the Move Tool.
Zoom Out a Bit Move Lincoln to a position off center. Then
resize him. Change his opacity to about 82%. Next we will color the letters.
Make your foreground color #BFA361 With the letters layer active.
Control-Click the letters thumbnail. Fill the selection with the foreground color.
De-Select Back to the Lincoln layer
Double-Click the Color Overlay settings. Change the opacity up to 92% Finally we will make an adjustment to the
overall image with the Camera Raw Filter. With the top layer active, press Control-Alt-Shift-E
to make a composite layer. Right-Click it and make it a smart object.
Choose Filter – Camera Raw Filter Here are the settings that I used. These may
vary for you depending on the portrait you are working with.
I changed Temperature to +16 Contrast to -2.
Highlights to +6 Shadows to +2
Whites to -13 Blacks to -26
Clarity to -25 Vibrance to +5
and saturation to -2 Here is the image before the camera raw adjustments
and here it is after the changes. This concludes the tutorial. Hope you enjoyed
it.

2 thoughts on “Create a Wordle Word Cloud and add in a Photo Portrait with Photoshop CC

  1. Very nice. What's the chance of me doing that with my CS5 Extended?

  2. Hello! I really enjoyed and truly appreciated your careful thoughful tutorial. I don't normally leave comments (for privacy reasons), but I just felt that I had to express my thanks for this great tutorial! I appreciated your deliberate slow pace, and your careful explanation of every single step and all the settings. I have some experience editing photos with Photoshop, but not much experience with the creative application you have shown, so I most appreciative of your guidance. I have subscribed, and will definitely watch some of your other videos! Thanks again and best wishes!

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