advanced photoshop
Apr
11

How to blend type and photo stock in Photoshop, part 1

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Tips & Tutorials, by The Advanced Photoshop Team

Master the skills to integrate bold typography with sensual photography for a balanced composition

How to blend type and photo stock in Photoshop, part 1

Download the files for this tutorial here (the model is available from Dreamstime)

Step 01

How to blend type and photo stock in Photoshop, part 1

We will only use circles, rectangles and triangles to create the letters for this design. Start by creating a new document at 235 x 302mm and Invert the page. Press U on the keyboard to open up the Shape tool and start by creating the three white shapes. Use the toolbar above to select different shapes and click and hold Shift to help create symmetrical shapes.

Step 02

How to blend type and photo stock in Photoshop, part 1

To start with a concept, we came up with three words that relate to the image, ‘Danser Avec Moi’ is French for Dance With Me. To create the letter D we are going to edit our circle. Duplicate the circle and Press A to use the Direct Selection tool and click on the left edge of the circle. Hit the delete button and your circle should look like the letter D.

Step 03

How to blend type and photo stock in Photoshop, part 1

The letter A can be left as our triangle shape, however the letter N can be used by cutting the triangle in half and adding a rectangle. To do this, duplicate the triangle first. Press U on the keyboard to open up the Shape Tool box and select then select Rectangle as our shape to start editing.

 Step 04

How to blend type and photo stock in Photoshop, part 1

Click on the Vector Mask Thumbnail in your layers palette and (-) on your keyboard. Draw a rectangle from the left side from the bottom to the tip of the triangle. This will appear to cut the triangle in half. Then press the (+) on your keyboard to add a rectangle to complete the letter N. The next few letters shall be easy to create. Using the Ellipse Tool to make 2 circles that represent an abstract letter S and the Rectangle Tool to create the shapes for the letter E.

Step 05

How to blend type and photo stock in Photoshop, part 1

To create the letter R, we first make a smaller circle using the Ellipse Tool and then making a square using the Rectangle Tool. To create an equal sided square or circle, hold down Shift while you click and drag the mouse to create the shape. Press A to use the Direct Selection Tool and click on the top right corner of the square shape. Hit the delete button and you should have an acute triangle shape to complete the letter R.

Step 06

How to blend type and photo stock in Photoshop, part 1

Now that you have created all the shapes, you can duplicate them to complete the rest of the characters. The letter A can be Flipped Vertical to create the letter V in the same way the letter D can be Flipped Horizontal to create the letter C. The letter M is created by using the same triangle we used to create the letter N by duplicating and Flipping Horizontally one of the triangles. The letter O is created by using the Ellipse tool and the letter I can be borrowed from the stem of our letter N.