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.
Here is the result should be
We are almost done with the work. In this step we will add more highlight and shadow to the scene to give it more dreamy nuance. Create another new layer between the overall adjustment and grim folder. Set the layer to linear light blending mode at 100% opacity. On this new layer, create more highlight and shadow where needed. Use dodge and burn tool to achieve this. For our inspiration, here is the layer I created when I set it to normal blending..
Here is the result will be when the layer is set to linear light blending at 100% opacity.
Here are several final steps to finish the work. Make sure we are active on the overall adjustment folder which is the topmost position in the layer panel. Now hit Shift+Ctrl+Alt+E to stamp all the visible layers into a single new layer. I named this layer multiply. Then, go to layer > smart object > convert to smart object. This will change the new layer into a smart object. Next, go to filter > others > high pass. Set the high pass value as shown below.
Now edit the blending option of the smart filter. To achieve this, point out the cursor on the high pass filter in the layer panel and then right click on it to show smart filter dialog box. Choose edit smart filter blending option… Set it to multiply blending at 70% opacity.
Here is the result so far.
Now activate the smart filter mask thumbnail and mask the filter on parts where needed.
This is what we should have after masking the filter..
Next, give another curves adjustment layer as shown in the screenshot. Fill this adjustment layer to 20% opacity.
Mask the curves layer .
Here is the result.
While we are still active on the curves layer which is the topmost position in the layer panel, hit Shift+Ctrl+Alt+E to stamp all the layers again into a new single layer. Convert this layer into a smart object. Finally, give this layer a smart filter: high pass. Set this filter to overlay at 100% opacity.