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.
Step 79Create a new layer and move it below the cloud layer in the layer palette. With the chalk brush at 50% opacity and 2px size paint some highlight lines on the lower margin of the cloud.
Step 80This is a rain cloud and it should be more dark and menacing instead of a pearly white. Create a new layer and place it above the cloud layer in the layer palette. With a round soft brush at 30% opacity paint with the color #979797 on the bottom section of the cloud (this is where the rain is coming).
Step 81Ok, now it’s time to add the final effects. Create a new layer from all the visible layers and apply a 200px Gaussian Blur. Change the blending mode of this layer to Soft Light to achieve a nice and soft color contrast. If the effect is too strong (and it will probably be in the underwater section of the scene) use a layer mask to hide it.
Step 82Create a new layer from all the visible layer and this time apply a subtle sharpen effect by going to Filter > Sharpen > Unsharp Mask and using the settings shown below.
Step 83Create a Brightness/Contrast Adjustment Layers with the settings shown below to boost the contrast a little bit.
Now let’s improve the overall highlights of the scene – by doing this we will add focus and clarity to our scene since white areas tend to attract the eye first. Create a new layer and change the blending mode to Overlay. With a round soft brush at 30% opacity paint with white over the areas indicated below (basically our points of interest – the guy, the boat, the cloud and the island).
I wanted to add some green color vibrance to the scene – and specially to the underwater section. Create a new layer and set the blending mode to Color Dodge. Set the color #1e7619 as the foreground color and with a round soft brush at 10% Opacity paint over the underwater in gentle strokes and a bit over the guy’s back.
Since there’s a heavy rain going the sky should be a bit darker to reflect this situation and also to create a bit of a vignette effect (darker areas on the edges lead the eye towards the center of the scene). Create a new layer and set the blending mode to Overlay. With a black round soft brush at 5% Opacity paint over the upper edges of the sky as shown below.