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.
Fixing the ShadowsFirst, we'll work on the shadows to correct the exposure.
Step 1Open a digital photo to edit. We recommend using a photo with a good exposure. Any image compression (ex. JPEG compression) should be minimal. The quality of the result greatly depends on the photo used.
Step 2Create a new Levels adjustment layer (Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Levels). In the Levels window, adjust the middle input slider so that the shadows are properly exposed. Don't worry if the highlights become overexposed.
Step 3Select the layer mask of the Levels adjustment layer. To do this, click on the thumbnail of the layer mask in the Layers pallet. The thumbnail of the layer mask should have a white outline when selected.
Step 4Open the Apply Image tool (Image> Apply Image) and apply these settings:
- Layer: Background
- Channel: RGB
- Invert: Checked
- Blending: Multiply or Normal (both do the same thing)
- Opacity: 100%