Blending Modes Words with pictures

by Fred Showker

While writing words with letters made of photographs is not a new idea, this Carmel-based company, has introduced a new website, where users can build their own personalized framed picture using up to ten black and white photos and color symbols.

making words with photographs shaped like letters gives total control of the image selection and design of the final picture to the user. Because of this new technology, Wordmark Photos is now able to offer price-conscientious consumers heirloom quality pictures that will make a beautiful addition to any room. Here's one for Mother's Day.

Art gift for Mothers Day

When I started playing with the images on the site, I was somewhat dismayed because all the letter photos are in black and white. This makes a handsome "art" piece, but really doesn't do much for me. I wanted to see what some simple blending modes could do to the images. So, here's the original piece:

I simply created a new layer and popped some real color into the photo letter shapes.

Looks pretty boring in the naked form ... but wait 'til we play with some blending modes. Here are just a few, with blending mode indicated to the right...

Which gives you an idea of some cool stuff you can do. There are also fonts and clip art packages available that use photographic images shaped like letterforms that you can generate your own images and words. Wordmark, puts it together for you in nice matting and framing for a turn-key finished product.

Mark Kichler, owner and president of Wordmark Photos says:

quoting makes it easy for people to design a gift for a number of occasions such as birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, retirements, house warming or holidays such as Valentine’s Day or Christmas. Users can customize their word art picture by adding a color photo of a heart, star, flower, sports image, flag or dozens of other possibilities end quote

All photos selected by the user are printed on high-quality 4 x 6 inch photo paper and custom framed in a beautiful satin-black wooden frame with slate-grey matting, ready to hang and immediately shipped to the customer.

Visit Wordmark Photos or to view its collection of alphabet photography:

Have a great time, and thanks for reading

Fred Showker

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Founded in 2009, Wordmark Photos was started by photographer Mark Kichler and later he was joined by his photographer daughter, Sara. Together, they have photographed hundreds of every-day objects from around the world that can be combined to form a word or phrase. Now, in 2010 a website,, has been created that allows the photographs to be shared with and purchased by anyone with access to a computer and the internet.

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