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.
Preview of Final Results
- Panther - SephirothXer0-Stock
- Rocks - ALP-Stock
- Sky - sacral-stock
- Fire 1 - Ayelie-stock
- Fire 2 - Ayelie-stock
- Fire 3 - Ayelie-stock
- Cracked Wall Texture - adigitaldreamer
- Texture 1 - smaragdistock
- Texture 2 - Sirius-sdz
- Texture 3 - Sirius-sdz
- Texture 4 - Sirius-sdz
- Texture 5 - Sirius-sdz
- Texture 6 - koko-stock
Step 1Let’s start with creating new document in Photoshop. Go to File > New. Set the width to 1038px, height to 1468px, and resolution on 300 Pixels/Inch.
Step 2Now, Place sky stock as it is shown by selecting File > Place.. and name it Sky. Photoshop will automatically place the image as smart objects, then Resize it to be like this.
Step 3Place the Rock Stock too by selecting File > Place .. and place it as shown in the image below. Name it "Rock Back".
Step 4Select the Pen tool and set the mode to "Path". Use the Pen tool to create a path around the rock as shown below.
Step 5Right-click on the path and select "Make Selection". Set the "Feather Radius" setting to 1 pixel then click OK.
Step 6In the Layers panel (Window > Layers), click on the "Add layer mask" button. Make sure that you have the "Rock back" layer selected.
Step 7The layer mask will hide the area that we selected earlier. Your results should look like the image below.
Step 8Go to File > Place and place the Panther stock image. Like in the previous steps, use the Pen tool to create a selection of the panther. Right-click on the path and select "Make Selection". Click on the "Add layer mask" button in the Layers panel.
Step 9Select the "Rock Back" layer and duplicate it (Ctrl/Cmd+J). Move the layer above the "Tiger" layer. Flip the layer by going to Edit > Transform > Flip Horizontal.
Step 10Duplicate the "ROCK" layer and rename it to "ROCK Shadow". Move this layer under the "ROCK" layer (so that it's 2nd from the top).
Step 11Rasterize the "Rock Shadow" layer by right-clicking on the layer and selecting "Rasterize Layer". Then, go to Layer > Layer Mask > Apply.
Step 12Right-click on the "Rock Shadow" layer and select "Blending Options". Checkmark the "Color Overlay" style and use the following settings:
- Blend Mode: Normal
- Color: Black
- Opacity: 100%
Step 13Blur the "Rock Shadow" layer by going to Filter > Blur > Box Blur. Set the "Radius" to 10 pixels then click OK. Lower the layer's opacity to 50%.
Step 14Select the "Rock" layer and press Ctrl/Cmd+J to duplicate it. Name the new layer "Rock Blur". Right-click on the new layer and select "Rasterize". Activate the Transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd+T) and resize the layer like shown below. Add more blur to this layer by going to Filter > Blur > Field Blur. Set the blur radius to 10px.
Step 15Select "Tiger" layer and go to Filter > Sharpen > Smart Sharpen. Use the following settings:
- Amount: 80%
- Radius: 3.0px
- Remove: Gaussian Blur