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.
Dancer photo from ShutterstockOn the Dancer layer, add a Gradient Overlay layer style (Layer > Layer Style > Gradient Overlay. Set the gradient to a black to transparent gradient like shown below. It will make the bottom of the Dancer layer a bit darker.
Step 5 - RootsI'll start now add roots, but first, I'll explain how I created them. As you can see on the picture I prepared different shapes, they were cut out of the pictures of rocks. I did it with Lasso Tool (L). You can use any photo with interesting shapes like mountains, tree bark, rocks etc.
- Under you see screen of the ROCKS.psd
- Folder ROCKS / ROCKS.psd
Step 6 - Adding rootsNow I will start build roots. More roots! More roots! Part in the red circle I want to put under the arm. I added a layer mask on root layer, then I selected Dancer layer. There are two ways to make such a selection:
- Right click on Dancer layer and chose Select Pixels
- OR Press Ctrl + click Dancer layer
Step 7 - How to make image darkerThis is good time make image darker, and of course add first lights. Between groups CLOUDS and ROCKS_BACKGROUND I created a new group called LIGHT (Layer > New > Group). Create a new layer (Layer > New > Layer or Shift+Ctrl+N). Set the blending mode to Color Burn and opacity to 100%. For the first layer I will use Gradient Tool (G) filled with black color #000000 Add new layer (Layer > New > Layer or Shift+Ctrl+N). Paint with black (#000000), use soft brush, opacity between 30-50%. Set the layer blending mode to Normal and opacity to 100%. Add new layer (Layer > New > Layer or Shift+Ctrl+N). and paind with white #ffffff, use soft brush, opacity between 30-50%. Set the layers blending mode to Normal and opacity to 100%. Add new layer (Layer > New > Layer or Shift+Ctrl+N). and paind with #d8d2cc, use soft brush, opacity between 30-50%. Set the layers blending mode to Normal and opacity to 100%. At this point I have to say few words about colors, to be honest you can use only black and white, with diferent opacity, but I'm always try to experiment and this is why I used those strange colors. Also different colors will give you different strenght of light. Just give it a try please! OK let's see what we have right now, I don't like left part of the image, I mean there is not enough clouds, let's add some.
- CLOUD 5513
- Folder CLOUDS / IMG_5513
- Set the blending mode to Overlay Opacity 100%