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
Step 1Create a new document with a width of 600 and a height of 800 pixels.
Step 2(1)Click on the Paint Bucket tool, (2) Set the fill to pattern, (3) click the options arrow and (4)Choose Color Paper in the options window of the drop down box.
Step 3Fill the area with the Kraft Paper texture.
Step 4Make a new layer above this filled layer. Fill this layer with the “Linen Weave” pattern.
Step 5With the use of some downloaded grunge and/or splatter brushes, paint #D58B51 and #000000 colored splotches over this texture.
Step 6Set this layer’s blending mode to soft light or screen. We’ve successfully made our own worn paper texture!
Step 7Create a new layer and using the type tool with the font Edwardian Script in the color #000000, copy and paste (from a quote site) or make up enough inspirational quotes or sentences to occupy your background. I’ve set my font size to 60 pt, but if you want to fit more words, set the font size smaller. Set the opacity of this layer to 58%.
Step 8Surf the web for any doodle, stamp, star, circle, snowflake, coffee stain, blotch, water spill, or word brushes of your choice. Examples: