hi everyone! this is another lettering i did for Lena Hoschek. There are many, yes :) I wanted it to look traditional and handmade, so I went for the stitched look. I made a grid first and then the lettering composition with normal font. Then I built every letter with an X placed to a grid. It took me ages, but I'm very happy with the result. Anyone knows an easier way how to do it?
5 months ago
Kristina rocks .)
Black and white text, rasterize type, pixelate filter (remember the size, say "pixels" that are 20 x 20 in size). This gets you a layer that holds the transparency for the envisioned text/drawing.
This pixelated image probably still has graytones, so if you want a pure on/off pattern, copy it from all layers into a new channel and use the Levels tool (CMD-L) to make it black and white while being able to adjust the intensity (move all 3 triangles together at Levels and then move those 3 left/right for finetuning).
Make a new file, 20 x 20, draw stitch graphic into it, hide background, select all, define pattern.
Fill a layer in the first image with the stitch pattern, then CMD-click the previously pixelated and Leveled channel to select its transparency, invert selection, delete selection from the layer that is filled with the stitch pattern.
Eventually you might need to move the selection of the pixelated graphic a bit to match exactly with the stitch pattern.
Makes sense? If not I can probably make a screencast real quick. :)
Blah, this was actually faster than writing that wall of text, here you go: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/5438064/screencasts/photoshop%20stitching.mov
@pikapikapika whaaaaat?!?!?!?!?! haha... thank you very much! Next time i will use it for sure, because it is a lot easier:)
great advice. But if you want to have the forms clean and pretty, I still think you need to adjust it by hand. But if I knew it back then, it would spare me several hours of work...
Sure, clean up has to happen by hand in any case, as there’s bound to be a few "pixels" that are completely off. :)
Channels are really nice for work like this and also for masking hair or similar. As long as there is one color channel where there is enough difference between foreground/background that you can use, you can adjust Levels to get nice black/white results that you can use for masking. :)
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