Step 8
Now we need some type. Create a new A3 document as you did in Step 1, and name the document Type. Select the Type tool (T) and draw a box the size of your canvas. For this project I used the traditional ‘greeking’ phrase that begins ‘Lorem Ipsum’. If you’d rather have something more varied, go to and hit the ‘Generate Lorem Ipsum’ button – this generates a page of dummy text. Select the type and copy and paste it into your document.

Step 9
Highlight your text and choose a typeface. I’ve used Blackmoor, as I thought it suited the piece. You can get similar typefaces for free from I find that serif typefaces work best as they fill the space better. Also, ensure that your text is all uppercase, as this results in a more solid fill.

If you’ve imported dummy text then cap it up by selecting the type, clicking the little circle in the top-right of the Type panel, and selecting All Caps.

Step 10
We need to flatten the text so that it becomes pixels, rather than live type. Duplicate the ‘Type’ layer as in Step 4, and name it ‘Flat Copy’. Then create a new layer (Cmd/Ctrl + Shift + N). Select the new layer and the ‘Flat Copy’ type layer and merge them (Cmd/Ctrl + E). Hide the other type layer by clicking on the eye icon, and you have yourself text as pixels.