Looks manual to me.
I think the same. Is too much complex, don´t you think?
As Ton already mentioned, there are no automated ways to do things like that.
It's just a matter of careful manual work.
You will need to create outlines of your text and adjust it manually and create masks as you go. Very complex and will take patience. Great piece of art.
Thanks for your responses to all. I will do it manual and show it next time (I hope)
Good luck would be good to see your end result 👍