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Word portraits, very cool

Discussion in 'Font Forum:' started by bentzak, Oct 9, 2009.

  1. bentzak

    bentzak Senior Member

    Hi all, i was recently browsing for inspiration and i found this,

    Word Portraits of Presidential Candidates - information aesthetics

    i dont know if maybe you already are familiar with these, but i just discovered them for myself and thought i would share,

    also does anyone have any idea how to create images like these?? i figured the colour one looks like it was masked, pretty simple, but the top one is off the chain! it says something about an algorithm? so is there a quick way or is it like i expect, going to take a lot of time!

    i do have a theory of how to create it, my theory goes, open in photoshop, desaturate, cutout effect, save as, open illustrator, create different shape text areas based on the cutouts colors, change size of text to depending on shade (darker=smaller, Lighter=larger) then mask the background, and VOILA!

    I will try this and maybe post the result if its any good.

    The same goes for portraits made up of other images, like in the apple screensaver, how simple is that to achieve?

    Cheers y'all

  2. berry

    berry Active Member

    Awesome! good find bentzak
  3. bentzak

    bentzak Senior Member

    here is my attempt


  4. glenwheeler

    glenwheeler Senior Member

    thats one great attempt!
  5. allyally2k

    allyally2k Senior Member

  6. Greg

    Greg Active Member

    Great effort Zak, I could spot it was George W before opening up to see it larger.
  7. bentzak

    bentzak Senior Member

    cheers all, It wasnt too difficult to achieve, i just followed my own steps, except masking, had to colour the groups of text instead.


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