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Photoshop in 60 Seconds: How to Create a Portrait Quote

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What You'll Be Creating

In this quick 60-second video, you'll learn how to use Adobe Photoshop to combine a portrait image and typography into an attractive portrait quote.

How to Create a Portrait Quote in Photoshop

A personal quote is a good way to communicate your own values and beliefs. One great way to associate yourself with your selected quote is to craft it into a portrait image. This can be used for the header of a resume or a profile pic on social media. In any case, it's a simple enough process to create in Photoshop.

The following project uses this photo of a Girl Looking Away from PhotoDune and the font Amulhed Brush from GraphicRiver.

How to Create a Portrait Quote

Step 1

Begin with the portrait on its own layer above a solid colored background, and duplicate the portrait by dragging that layer to the new layer icon. Then hide the copy.

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Step 2

Next, use the Rectangular Marquee Tool to create a rectangular selection around half of the profile image. Make sure the original portrait layer is the active layer, and use the add layer mask button in the base of the Layers panel to hide half of the model's face.


Step 3

Then use the Horizontal Type Tool to drag out a rectangular area to hold the text.

By defining the text area first, we ensure that the text gets entered as paragraph text, which means it will automatically line-wrap and you don't have to do it manually. Make sure the text layer is positioned between the original portrait layer and its copy, and then reveal the copy layer and clip it to the text by holding down the Alt or the Option key and clicking between the two layers.

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A Bit More Detail

If you are interested in learning more about combining typography with photos, consider the following links:

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