How to Create Typographic Pictures in Illustrator // Working with Type to Make Typographic Pictures



hey guys it's Rob way here and it is time for another tutorial and today we are looking at typography and we are looking at how to make pictures out of words and if you're not quite sure what I'm talking about let me just do a quick little google search here for some examples type of graphic picture and here we go here's a bunch of good example so something like this somewhat trendy see a lot of it and there's all sorts of different versions of it where we have a picture made of words and it looks really awesome actually it's been done a lot especially nowadays up to this point it's been done a lot but it's not difficult to do so I want to show you a technique that you can use to get this fairly quick there are other ways to do this but let's get started I have a file here called first of all let me show you the photo I started with how did a girl with her hand outstretched all right I thought that could work and let's open up the typography alt file oops let me get that open with illustrator that's jeezum ty you're today okay so we got that open with Dilys trader wait for that to load hopefully it doesn't take long and we're going to use a technique to fill it in with all sorts of words to get that same sort of typographic picture look alright this is not difficult to do you may want to go back and tweak it after if it doesn't look that great we'll talk about that as we get to that point I really should have had this already open but okay here we go so this is the starting file that I created and I don't know if you can tell but this outlined hand is made up of segments each segment of the hand is a separate object and without me going into too much detail on how I did that you want to get separate objects for the parts that you want to fill with the text very important all right because otherwise it'll just fill the whole thing all right the easiest way I found to do it and there's a lot of ways to do it I just went trace the hand and all the sections okay got it all traced out put the lines in for the segment's and then I just use the live paint to fill in all the little pieces okay then got rid of all my original lines and I just used the Live Paint pieces put a stroke on them and that left me with the segments so that's one way of doing it I'm going to show you this technique super easy way of doing this okay I'm going to select the whole hand first of all I want to make sure all my lines are in front object arrange bring to front very important that your objects are on top of the pieces that you want to fill them in with and along the side here I have all the words that I want to fill in these pieces okay so far so good now one thing about the method that I'm going to use here I'm going to actually unlock the lower layer the original picture layer so you can see how I created this I got my original picture then my trace layer and my names or my yeah my finger names on a layer in between so I'm going to actually unlock that original picture now what I'm going to do is I'm going to start with the straightest part of the picture okay and I'm going to explain why in a second but I'm going to start with this part because it is almost perfectly horizontal okay and hopefully you know what I mean by by straightest I mean that the shape is very nice and horizontal and I'm going to select the shape oops wrong one Curtis and I'm going to hold shift and I'm also going to select the word that I want to go into that sheet okay so I got them both selected and I'm going to use envelope to store it in this case I'm going to go object and a little distort make with top object you see that's why I was important that all the lines are at the top above your words okay so make with top object and you'll see that illustrator filled the shape with the word I'm going to undo that for a second okay I'm going to show you something here I don't know if you'll remember how that went into there I don't like the way envelope the store works but it just automatically puts the word in in whatever orientation this picture or this part of the picture is in and what I mean by that is if I select all the shapes and the original picture and I rotate the palms with a little more horizontal then it'll probably put the word in a little better watch what I mean okay a little bit better now maybe with a finger I'll be able to illustrate what I'm talking about a little easier let's say we want to fill in the pinky so I select the pinky shape and I click the word pinky and I do the same thing you see what I mean it fills in the word however that shape is orientated to the word so I don't like that I want to run the word pinky down the pinky so what I have to do select all the shapes I'm going to rotate it however have a lot of room to work with that's why my mouse is bugging out here I'm going to rotate that pinky so that it's horizontal now I'm going to click these shapes and just fill it in now you see how that looks much better it's very simple very repetitive okay but there's the first finger done and like I said depending on how this picture is rotated that's how envelope distort is going to put it into the finger let's work our way back so I'm going to do with the ring finger now I believe it is shift command C to do it so let's just try that shift Clancy not that they work I must have the shortcut wrong and I love to sort shift command see that looks right I don't know why that didn't go that's okay easy to do so we're just going to fill it as you can see if you have good shapes to work with this can go very quick all right once again select my shapes over here rotate to the dreaded middle-finger international sign of love just kidding little finger here we go and we fill it all in there we go let's do the index you can see I can I can honestly get this done in a matter of minutes okay rather than going and distorting it manually which would take a very long time however there is a benefit to doing it manually you have complete control over how that shapes going to turn out let's do the thumb so you know some people like that control and I don't blame them so we're almost done and I'm going to show you what we can do with it after so I'm almost there oh you know what I made a big mistake I made a big mistake and the palm or the object that I filled with the palm is not actually the palm it should be the knockoff I wonder if I could just yeah I can I can just replace it I know it doesn't make sense knuckle on the inside of the hand but that's okay now the Paul I just realized that so the palm again I find getting the shapes horizontal or as horizontal as possible basically the way you want it to fit in is going to give you the best results and that's why I'm constantly rotating and I honestly think it's essential there's no other way to do it if there is comment below let me know maybe there is another way to do this now the last shape it's a weird one i tempted to just leave it out completely it's a strange one you know I I'll put it in but it's not gonna look it I don't there we go okay it's got this like sharp little piece down here which is not going to look good but let's do it white ooh okay so there we go the hand filled in perfectly with well not perfectly but filled in with the text and you can still read it and it looks okay now we could space these out a little bit so they're easy to read by using my arrow keys but instead what I'm going to do is I'm going to fill the words with the texture of the original hand because I think that's a cool effect and it'll make it look more like a head so here's how we do that we're going to select just the hand okay just the words so what we could do is lock the original picture and then select the hand or I could just shift select the original picture out of there and what we want to do is we want to get these into actual objects so I'm going to go object expand I'm going to expand my objects and fills I'm gonna say okay now we have actual strokes for these objects and I'm also going to create a compound path out of all of these so I'm going to go object compound path make and now these objects will act as one okay so I got a pretty cool shape I can use there but like I said I want to get the skin texture inside all of these words so I'm now going to unlock my original picture I'm going to hold shift I'm going to select both the object I just created and the original picture I'm going to go object clipping mask make going to say it's very complex yeah yeah blah blah blah yes look at that ah you can see a couple problems I my shapes weren't perfectly along the edge of her hand but the cool thing is now that I've got this got an object filled with an actual skin texture I can do whatever I want with it let's say you know I'll put in a put in the background here I'll go black send it to the back and there you go check it out it looks pretty good looks pretty cool okay and now if I really want to I can go and distort this further clean it out fix it up do whatever I want to do with it and it's a very it's not exact but it's a similar effect to what we see out there that people are creating with their typographic art alright so it's fun to do looks neat at the end you could do people faces you name it whatever you whatever you can think up alright so be creative with it have a good time and then I'd love to see what you can come up with hope this helps thanks for watching talk to you later

23 Replies to “How to Create Typographic Pictures in Illustrator // Working with Type to Make Typographic Pictures”

  1. I wasn't sure how to make each section an individual object. That part wasn't clear. Can you clarify?

  2. concept is very nice but for the concept of 2 min you dragged it up to 14min from next time plz make it short and sweet ….till you class finished i went into sleep

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