Photoshop: How to Create a Powerful Text Poster filled with Photos

Hi. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. I’m going to show you how to create a simple, but powerful poster of text made with your favorite photos. This tutorial is for Photoshop versions CS6
and later. We’ll revisit a feature called “Contact Sheet
II”, which I showed in tutorials for creating powerful walls of photos reflected onto a black, shiny floor and a stunning portrait mosaic of photos. If you like to watch these tutorials, I provided their links in my video’s description below or project files. Create a new document by either pressing Ctrl
or Cmd + N or by going to File and New. Make the measurement: “Inches”. Make the Width: 8, the Height: 10 and the
Resolution: 150 pixels per inch. The Color Mode is RGB and 8 bits per channel. If the Background isn’t white, either open
the list of Background Contents and pick white or click the box and pick white. Then, click “Create” or “Open”. First, let’s create guidelines for our text. Go to View and click “New Guide Layout”. Make sure Columns and Rows are unchecked and
Margin is checked. For the Top, Left, Bottom and Right, type
in point 5 inches in each. This creates guidelines a half inch all around. Open your Horizontal Type Tool and make sure
your foreground and background colors are black and white respectively. If they’re not, press “D” on your keyboard. Open your list of fonts and pick a heavy, san-serif font. I’m using “Tondu”. If you want to use it,as well, I provided
its link in my video’s description below the video or in my project files. I’ll temporarily use a point size of 75, Sharp
and center alignment. Click on your document and type out your first line of text. To adjust the space between all of characters,
highlight the entire line and press Alt or Option as you press the right or left arrow
key on your keyboard. This is called “Tracking”. To adjust the space between two characters,
called kerning, place your cursor between those characters and press the same keystrokes. Next, we’ll size our line of text to the guidelines. Click your Move Tool and press Ctrl or Cmd
T to open your Transform Tool. Drag your text near the top, left corner of
the guidelines and go to the lower, right corner of the Transform’s bounding box. When you see a diagonal, double-arrow, press
and hold Shift as you drag it in or out until your text is close to the to the right guideline. Then, press Enter or Return. It’s okay if your characters overhang a little
past the guideline if it looks good optically. We can always adjust it later if we want. Press “T” to open your Type Tool, click on
your document and type out your second line of text. Adjust the kerning and click your Move Tool. Open your Transform Tool to size and position
the second line of text. We want it to be flush with the bottom of
the first line. To slide it up one pixel at a time, press
the up or down arrow key on your keyboard. Add the rest of your text using the same steps
as you did for the first two. We want our text to be flush with the bottom
guide line. If our block or text is too short or too,
scroll to the bottom the Layers panel and Shift-click the bottom text to make all the
text layers active. Then, press Ctrl or Cmd + G to place them into a folder. Name the folder, “Text”. Open your Transform Tool and go to the bottom,
middle of the bounding box. When you see a vertical, double-arrow, drag
it down or up until your text is flush with the bottom guideline. Then, press Enter or Return. We can hide the guide lines by pressing Ctrl
or Cmd + H. Next, we’ll create a photo mosaic. The first step is to organize all of your
photos that you’ll want to use in your poster and place them into a folder. To determine how many photos you’ll use,
first, decide how many rows and columns you’ll want. In this example, I’m using 8 rows and 5 columns. So, I multiplied the number of rows with the
number columns to get the number of photos I placed into my folder: After you’ve placed
your photos into a folder, go to File, Automate and “Contact Sheet II”. The Contact Sheet window may look a different than mine if you’re using an earlier version of Photoshop. The Source Image is “Folder”. Click “Choose” and locate the folder that
your photos are placed into. It’s location is automatically placed here. Choose “Inches” and make sure “Flatten All
Layers” is unchecked. You’ll see why later. I’ve found that using the same size and resolution
as our document will result with our pattern of photos becoming rather blurry. However, if we double the Width and Height
to 16 inches by 20 inches and double the resolution to 300 pixels per inch, our photos will end
up much sharper in our poster. Just keep in mind that increasing the size
and resolution of the Contact Sheet document will make it extremely large The Mode is “RGB
Color” and 8-bits per Channel. I’ll place the thumbnails “across first”. For this example, I’ll use 8 rows and 5 columns. By unchecking “Use Auto-Spacing” and keeping
the Vertical and Horizontal both: 0, it’ll make all of our photos flush with each other. Uncheck “Rotate for Best Fit”, since we
don’t want any of our photos to be rotated. Make sure “Use Filename as Caption” is unchecked, as well. Then, click OK. Photoshop is now automatically positioning each photo onto its own layer with its own layer mask. The reason we didn’t choose to flatten the
layers is so we can adjust the size of each photo within its respective layer mask. First, we need to click off the chain-link
icons on each layer, which unlinks the layers with their respective layer masks. Doing this, allows us to resize and reposition
the photos, without moving their layer. masks After you’ve unlinked all of them, make
sure your Move Tool is active. Then, check “Auto-Select”. Now, when you click a photo on the image,
Auto-Select automatically selects that photo in the Layers panel and makes it active. Open your Transform Tool by pressing Ctrl
or Cmd + T. Go to a corner and when you see a diagonal, double-arrow, press and hold Alt
or Option + Shift as you drag it in or out. Then, press Enter or Return. Notice, your photo is confined inside its
layer mask. Continue these steps for each photo until
they’re all sized and positioned to your liking. Go to Edit and “Define Pattern”. I’ll name it “16 by 20 by 300”, which is the
width, height and resolution of my contact sheet. If you’re contact sheet has a different size
and resolution, just type them in. Open back your poster. Click the Adjustment Layer icon and click “Pattern”. I’ll reduce the scale to 10%, but feel free
to use any amount. You can always change it later if you want. To fill your text with your photos, we’ll
clip the pattern layer to the text layer below it. To do this, press Ctrl + Alt + G on Windows
or Cmd + Option + G on a Mac or you can go to Layer and “Create Clipping Mask”. Click the Adjustment Layer icon and click
“Black & White”. Clip the adjustment layer to the text by either
pressing the shortcut keys or by clicking the Clipping Mask icon. To see our text better, we’ll darken our photos. To do this, click the Adjustment Layer icon
again and this time, click “Levels”. Clip it to the text and drag the Output highlight slider to the left. Next, if you have a period or another punctuation
mark at the end, I’ll show you how to replace the photos in it with a solid color. Scroll to the bottom of the Layers panel and
open the Text folder. Ctrl-click or Cmd-click the large “T” next
to your last word you typed. This makes a selection of its shape. Open your Lasso Tool and click the “Intersect With” icon. Draw around the punctuation mark to isolate its selection. Scroll to the top and make a new layer above it. Click the Layer mask icon to make a layer
mask of the selection next to the new layer. Make the layer active and fill it with black. Double-click the black layer to open the Layer
Style window. Click “Color Overlay” and the color box. Pick a color you like. I prefer using this method of using Color
Overlay because you can change the color of the shape you’re filling instantly. Presently the shape is oblong and I’d like
to make it into a circle. I’ll use my Transform Tool to do it. In the center of the Transform’s bounding
box is a tiny symbol called the “reference point”. I’ll drag it to the center of my shape, which
will make this the fixed point for any transformations I do. I’ll go to the bottom, middle of the bounding
box and press and hold Alt or Option + Shift as I drag it up to squeeze the shape from
its center. To resize it, I’ll go to a corner and press
and hold the same keystrokes as I drag it out from its center. If you liked this tutorial, hit the subscribe button. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. Thanks for watching!


  1. R Garlin June 11, 2018 at 3:39 am

    Another creative poster idea for my 'bag of tricks' – thanks a lot, Marty!

  2. Lynda Bond June 18, 2018 at 1:09 am

    I’m always learning something new. Even the smallest thing has helped me be more efficient. Thank you Marty 👍

  3. Scarlet June 18, 2018 at 1:12 am

    Brilliant as always, Marty. Road to 1M subs.

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  5. Kids Fun Play Learn June 18, 2018 at 1:35 am

    Great tutorial 👍

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    Awesome Tutorial!

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  10. Niyam Muliya June 18, 2018 at 2:25 pm

    This technique is pretty good.

  11. LUIS FRANÇA June 18, 2018 at 2:35 pm

    Amazing BLTV. I love your tutorials.

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  13. Willian Coelho June 19, 2018 at 8:14 pm

    Wonderful… Very, very, very good…

  14. DSLR videos June 20, 2018 at 12:29 pm

    I did it! Great Marty! Thank you!

  15. Peter Bakx June 21, 2018 at 10:16 am

    From Holland . . . . Prima tutorial Thanks

  16. Pakish Binjab June 21, 2018 at 3:45 pm

    good sir

  17. mixedgrill June 21, 2018 at 8:52 pm

    Fabulous tutorial as usual !

  18. DD's Bricks June 22, 2018 at 11:50 pm

    666K SUBS!!!!!!

  19. نور الشمس August 26, 2018 at 7:26 pm

    Thank you very much

  20. Zombie Printing September 15, 2018 at 9:06 pm

    Great tutorials! New subscriber. Thanks for not making PS so confusing, Love it

  21. hokage orachimaru November 9, 2018 at 11:22 am

    good afternoon ,sir in my Adobe photoshop cs6 in 'view' to make all photos collage there dont have 'new guide layout' . so how sir ? only have' new guide' .

  22. Оленка Швед December 19, 2018 at 10:41 pm

    Incredible, great tips on every step of a process!

  23. Mohamed Mosalam March 3, 2019 at 7:13 pm

    Awesome Tutorial Thank you very much

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