Text Photomanipulation

In this tutorial I am going to show you how to get an image of somebody made completely out of text. I am going to use this picture of the gorgeous Ashley Benson. First open your image in Photoshop.

Now go to Select » Color Range. Choose from the top list Shadows and click OK.

This is going to select all the shadows on your photo. Press on your keyboard Ctrl+C then Ctrl+V and this is going to create a new layer with your shadows. Set this layer to hidden(click the eye in the left of the layer).

We have to repeat this step, but now in the Color Range window we have to choose Midtones. Click OK and the press form your keyboard Ctrl+C then Ctrl+V.

Now you can hide the initial layer and make visible the midtones layer and the shadows layer we just created.

Now select the Shadows layer, then go to Edit » Fill. O new window will pop up. Choose to fill the shadows layer with Black and check the Preserve Transparency box.

We have to do the same thing for the Midtones layer. Select it, then go to Edit » Fill and now choose 50% Gray and the Preserve Transparency box.

This is how it should look like until now:

Now select both Midtones and Shadows layers, right click on them and select the option Merge Layers.
Create a new file by pressing Ctrl+N and make the size as the photo. Mine is 900x643px. Fill it with white background. Choose the text tool and fill the image with text (make the color of the text black). Here is mine:

Now go to Edit » Define Brush Preset and click ok. We are going to need this as a brush. Go back to the initial photoshop file, create a new layer and fill it with white, then hide it. Now create another layer and choose the brush tool, then select the brush we just created and apply it on the new layer. This is how it should look like until now:

Now select the layer with the text in it and add a layer mask by pressing the little circle button down the layers panel.

Go to the Shadows layer and press Ctrl+A to select the whole layer then press Ctrl+C to copy it. Select the text layer with the layer mask on it again, then press Alt on your keyboard and while you have that pressed click on the layer mask (not the layer with the text in it). This will only show the layer mask. Now press Ctrl+V from your keyboard and then press Ctrl+i to inverse the colors of the mask. the next step is to click on the little eye near the text layer with the layer mask to make it visible. Now make the white background layer visible. This is how it should look like:

Now right click on the text layer (not the layer mask) select Blendin Opstions » Gradient Overlay and add gradient to it. I chose this one:

And my image looks like this so far:

Now select the brush tool, select a rounded brush, set the brush size at around 250px, the hardness to 0px and the opacity at around 50%. Then choose the color black and start adding brushes over the text layer so you can reveal some of the layer mask:

Do it as much as you want, until you like the final result. This is how mine looks like in the end: