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.
Create a new layer and change the layer blending mode to Overlay. With a round soft brush at 33% Opacity paint with white in the indicated areas in order to put focus on them.
Create a new layer and change the blending mode to Overlay. Choose the standard chalk brush and lower the size to 2 pixels. Lower the opacity to 30% and paint a contour over our guy.
Create a Photo Filter adjustment layer by going to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Photo Filter. From the presets choose Warming Filter 85 and increase the Density to 58%.
Create a new layer from all the other layers. Apply a Unsharp Mask filter (Filter > Sharpen > Unsharp Mask) with the settings shown below. Add a layer mask and hide the indicated area.
Create a new layer. Sample a red color from the flag (alt-click with the brush tool selected to sample a color) and paint two red dots on each hand symbolizing wounds. Change the blending mode of the layer to Overlay.
Import the Lightning brush. Create a new layer and make a white lightning between the hands of the our guy. If needed add a layer mask and hide the hard edges that the brush may have.
Double click the lightning layer and use the following options for the layer style.
Create three more layers and on each paint a different lightning between the hands of the guy. Apply to each the same layer style as we did in the previous step.
Create a new layer and change the blending mode to Overlay. Choose a round soft brush at 30% Opacity and paint a bit of light over the face of our guy.
Create a new layer and change the blending mode to Overlay. Choose a standard chalk brush and change the Opacity to 30%. Lower the size to 3 pixels and scribble some details in the areas indicated below.
Create a new Hue/Saturation adjustment layer and lower the Saturation to -69. Click on the layer mask of the Hue/Saturation adjustment layer and press D to make the colors default and Alt + Backspace to fill the mask with black. Now with a round soft brush at 100% Opacity paint over the hair to reveal the saturation effect only here.