Turn any photo into a dot grid artwork with these Photoshop actions. You'll get great results with dots that change size. They get larger in brighter areas and smaller in darker areas. Free download available.
Learn how to create this amazing photo manipulation with a variety of blending techniques, custom brushes, and more. This intermediate-advanced tutorial also comes with its own set of raw ink splatter scans so that you can practice creating your own Photoshop brushes. And of course, the full layered PSD is included as well.
Preview of Final Results
In this step I will show how to create custom brush. For this I used scan of splashes made with ink.
Use the Crop Tool (C) (by pressing shift key you will select square)
Add a Black & White Adjustment Layer by going to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Black & White. Set to “High Contrast Red Filter”
Go to Channels panel and duplicate Red Channel. Right click on Red channel and chose Duplicate channel.
Go to Image/Adjustments/Levels. Move the sliders so that the splatter was dark and the background white.
Press Ctrl then click Red channel.
Select/Inverse (Shift+Ctrl+I). Before you come back to Layers panel don’t forget select RGB channel.
Go to Layers panel select splash layer then press Ctrl+J you will cut your selection.
Try to use different ways for selection like Color range or even Magic Wand Tool.
Color range (example)
Now clean up parts which you don't like. For this you can use Eraser tool (E) Also if you like change splash position.
I use 2500x2500px 300dpi canvas for my brushes. Go to Edit/Define Brush Preset.
Please see my brush settings.
Create new document (File > New or Ctrl/Cmd+N)
Add Horse photo.
Add a black to white gradient map by going to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Gradient Map.
Right click on your layer and choose “Convert to Smart Object”. Now we are ready to add some Shadow/Highlights (Image > Adjustments > Shadow/Highlights).
Click on the “Add layer mask” icon on the bottom of your Layers palette.
Select the Brush tool (B) then paint with black # 000000 on your layer mask. Usually, I just use the first default brush. Brush opacity 50%.