Type Face

h). TYPE FACE: a text value portrait
Value refers to relative lightness and darkness and is perceived in terms of varying levels of contrast.

You will use previous skill learned (from the digital paintings and text project) to create a self-portrait with text as a means to create value.

Step 1 – Start with your picture


Step 2 – rotate the image – go to IMAGE > ADJUSTMENTS > BLACK & WHITE
Step 3 – go to FILTER > FILTER GALLEY > ARTISTIC > CUTOUT. You may need to adjust the brightness/contrast to get enough value.
the CUTOUT filter may need to be adjusted – you want at least 5 values, but may need up to 7. You be the judge.


Step 4 – Select one of the values (I would go darkest to lightest). You may need to set the tolerance of the magic wand to 10 for this to work best. Remember you can RIGHT-CLICK on the mouse and SELECT SIMILAR
On a NEW LAYER you will use a brush made from your name (see the Text Project is you need a reminder on how to make a brush)
Pay attention to how close the text is to each other – the darkest should have the text close to each other to make sure it looks “dark”

Step 5 – Each value needs to be on a SEPARATE LAYER! See below:



Dark Gray




Light Gray


Light Light Gray


Here are all of the values together:


Step 6 – Now we add color!!! We are going to create an analogous color scheme. Analogous colors are groups of colors that are adjacent to each other on the color wheel, with one being the dominant color, which tends to be a primary or secondary color, and two on either side complementing, which tend to be tertiary.
Going from darkest to lightest – each layer will receive a COLOR OVERLAY. To do this select the layer and go to LAYER > LAYER STYLE > COLOR OVERLAY
Each layer should get a separate color over lay using an analogous color scheme

Like this:


Step 7 – Go back to the original cutout layer. Go to IMAGE > ADJUSTMENTS > HUE/SATURATION
Make sure COLORIZE is checked – select a color that best enhances the other colors selected

Like this:


Step 8 – Finally select the background and on a new layer drop in a solid color. Choose a color that is a lighter complimentary color of the darkest value.
In this instance, I used a light orange to compliment the dark blue value.


I have attached a rubric as well as a .PSD file of how all the layers work with one another.

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