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Giant Words Added to Photos Without Photoshop

The giant “GRIT” seen in this photograph wasn’t added in post-processing. The secret? Blue painters tape.

Artist Stephen Doyle created the installation for a series of photographs that appeared in a recent New York Times Magazine article titled What if the Secret to Success is Failure?

Here’s a behind-the-scenes video showing how the “wordwork” was created:

…and another one:

What if the Secret to Success Is Failure? (via Colossal)


Image credit: Photograph by Stephen Wilkes for The New York Times


 
  • http://illustrator.blog-alloon.com Sam the Deaf

    How clever… However, I felt, photoshop is quick and less cost. My assume

  • http://illustrator.blog-alloon.com Sam the Deaf

    How clever… However, I felt, photoshop is quick and less cost. My assume

  • http://illustrator.blog-alloon.com Sam the Deaf

    How clever… However, I felt, photoshop is quick and less cost. My assume

  • http://profiles.google.com/slimspidey Spider- Man

    Yes but this takes more skill and creativity…

  • Spikester

    I think this one needs a “whyto” more than a “howto”.

  • Max

    The same technique is used on playing fields when logos are painted on the grass. The center camera sees the logo as though it is straight on, from any other angle it looks pretty strange. An example in this photo http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:2011-03-12_Rugby_ITA_-_FRA_6_Nations.jpg

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_47C4HVJKI3RL6WNXTBMERF3QPU Ganie

    I can do that in 10sec.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_47C4HVJKI3RL6WNXTBMERF3QPU Ganie

    I can do that in 10sec.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_47C4HVJKI3RL6WNXTBMERF3QPU Ganie

    I can do that in 10sec.

  • Ruthlessdetermination

    an exercise in thinking outside the box… experiements in doing thing in a different (and not the necessariliy the easy ) way broadens our understanding… and many brings us to discoveries that could actually be useful in practical ways

    -i wonder if i could….
    –the challenge for some of us is reason enough

  • Ruthlessdetermination

    an exercise in thinking outside the box… experiements in doing thing in a different (and not the necessariliy the easy ) way broadens our understanding… and many brings us to discoveries that could actually be useful in practical ways

    -i wonder if i could….
    –the challenge for some of us is reason enough

  • fotoamater.com

    Hey Michael, nice catch…
    I guess you might like my “Zero Photoshop” set here http://flic.kr/s/aHsjtGhXxu , I’m just photographing it occasionally, the one to blame for the idea is my friend Sasha…

  • http://twitter.com/MarkStokes Mark Stokes

    I like the last video.

    I am assuming it was shot in revers with him peeling the tape off and then a fan blows it to it’s final (initial) resting place?

  • Gary

    Hmm, think I’ll stick with CS5. Much more cost effective. That blue tape isn’t cheap.

  • Christian Rudman

    If you read the linked article, it is the “why-to.” The whole reason for the photos is to demonstrate to his students the meanings of “grit,” “curiosity,” and the like. This is a fantastic post and a great spotlight on an amazing little group of people.

  • Ivan Bui

    Hi, interesting post but actually, this is nothing more than a pale copy of George Rousse’s work. Rousse’s work has started years ago and he is now one of most worldly acclaimed modern photographer.

  • Nx

    Have you heard of french photographer Georges Rousse ? He uses this kind of trick a lot : http://www.georgesrousse.com/selections-d-oeuvres/01-figuration.php

  • http://twitter.com/Soiden Sebasti├ín Soto

    Does that cost more than buying a PC, a copy of Photoshop, and all the time needed to learn to use it and put people in front of those letters without looking photoshopped?

    Do that in Photoshop: nice. Do that in real life: AWESOME.