Learn how to create a letter portrait by using very basic tools in Photoshop. This tutorial will reveal the step-by-step process that Artwork Abode Professionals use to create a breathtaking letter portrait on Photoshop.

Step 1: Create a New Photoshop Document

We must start by creating a New Photoshop Document.

  1. Click on File from the Menu Bar. Then select New.
  2. Choose the size of your document. For this example, we will set the Height at 4 inches and the Width at 6 inches. We’ll also set the Resolution at 300 pixels/inch.
  3. Select White for the Background Contents. When you’re done, click on the OK button to proceed. 
Letter Portrait on Photoshop

Step 2: Select the Typing Tool and Choose a Font

  1. Within the Toolbox in Photoshop, select the Type Tool.
  2. The Options Bar will change when you select the Type Tool. Select the Font Type that you want. In this example, we will use the Impact Font.

    Note: The Font Type that you choose will be reflected in the text that you will be typing out later.
  3. Now we need to choose the color of the Font Type. Within that same Options Bar, you will notice a Color Tab. Click it to open the Coloring Tool where you can select the color you want to use.
  4. Click on the OK button.
    Note: The Color Tab should change to the newly selected color.

Step 3: Add Text

Now we’re going to be adding the text that you will use in your Letter Portrait.

In this example, we will be adding the word “Photoshop.”

If the font doesn’t look correctly right now, then we will fix it later.

For now, you must get the word(s) written out into Photoshop.

  1. Type in the word “PHOTOSHOP” or whatever word you want to create a portrait of. In most cases, you’ll want to use all capital letters.
  2. Move up to the Options Bar and click on the Check Mark. This will approve the text and automatically exit you out of Text Editing Mode.
  3. Now look at the Layers Window, and Photoshop should have created a New Layer based on the text you typed. In our example, the Layer will be named “PHOTOSHOP.”

Step 4: Resize The Text To The Required Setting

At this point, the text is not likely to be at the size you require, so you’ll need to make some adjustments.

This is easily fixed though.

  1. Go to the Layers Panel and make sure that you have the Layer with your text selected.
  2. From the Top Menu, select Edit and then Free Transform.
  3. Handles will appear around the text now. Simply hold down Shift on your keyboard and then Click & Drag these Handles until you achieve the correct size for your font.
    Note: By holding down the Shift key, you are telling Photoshop to maintain the same aspect ratio of the text. This ensures that it doesn’t get distorted.
  4. If necessary, Click inside of the Text. Hold down the Left Mouse Button and Drag the text to the desired location.
  5. Press the Enter button on your Keyboard to accept the changes.

Step 5: Transform The Text Into A Specified Shape

Now comes the tricky part.

You’ll need to alter the perspective of the text to give it a 3D effect.

This is tricky because Photoshop doesn’t allow text to be directly altered in this way, so we have to find a workaround.

Don’t worry though, because I’ll show you how to do it!

Note: Save your Image File right now because once we follow the next step, you will not be able to alter the text.

  1. Again, make sure that you have the Layer containing the text selected on the Layers Panel.
  2. From the Layers Menu, select Type. Then select Convert to Shape. This will change the look of the text and allow us to change it.
  3. With the Layer selected, click on Edit from the Top Menu. Select Transform Path. Then click Perspective.
  4. Handles will again appear around the text. You can move these in the same way as earlier. But this time, it’s going to change the Perspective of the text, rather than the size. Play around with these until the text has the desired look.
  5. Once you have the desired Perspective, press Enter on your Keyboard.

Step 6: Create Copies of The Text (Shape) Layer And Merge Them

  1. From the Tools Palette, click on Move Tool. Select the Layer that contains your text.
  2. Hold the ALT button on your keyboard. Press the Right Arrow Button on your keyboard.
    Note: Every time you press the Right Arrow Button, you are creating a copy of the Layer. You can keep pressing the Right Arrow until the text takes on the desired form. In some cases, you might create dozens of copies of the layer.
  3. Find the Second to Last Layer on the Layers Panel. This should be the original Layer. Click and Drag it to the top of the list.
  4. Click to Select the Layer directly below the one we just moved to the top of the list. Now Scroll all of the ways to the bottom of the list. Hold down the Shift button on your keyboard and Click on the Text Shape Layer just above Background. This should select every layer EXCEPT for the Background and Top Text Shape Layer.  
  5. With the Layers Selected, move up to the Layers Menu. Click on Merge Layers. This will merge all of those layers into a Single Layer.

    Note: You will end up with 3 Layers in total at this point.

Step 7: Create Your Letter Portrait On Photoshop

  1. Click on the Merged Layer from the Layers Panel to select it.
  2. At the bottom of the Layers Panel, click on the Gradient Overlay button.
  3. This pulls up the Layer Style Window. Select the Black to White Gradient in order to make the text appear to have lighting.
  4. Under Style, select Linear.
  5. Under Angle, select 90 degrees.
  6. Click on the OK button.

Congratulations, you have created a breathtaking letter portrait on Photoshop!