Today you’ll learn how to create 3 different pixelated portraits in Photoshop. Through a combination of Filters and different Blending Options, you can create an easy effect for any photo! Software: Adobe Photoshop CS6 Difficulty: Beginner Completion Time: 30 minutes Images Used For This Tutorial Close up black and white portrait of young beautiful woman with long blond hair: 7817650 ©Olga Ekaterincheva Beauty woman with long black hair hairstyle: 18098420 ©subbotina Photo of young beautiful woman with magnificent hair: 11990654 ©Nadezda Korobkova 1. Mosaic Filter Step 1
You can pixelate any picture easily by simply accessing the Mosaic Filter. Open up your Photo reference (ID:7817650) into Photoshop. Right-click and select Duplicate Layer to create a copy of the original layer.Step 2 Select the duplicated layer. Go to Filter > Pixelate > Mosaic and enter a Cell Size of 20 Square. Step 3 If you like the pixelation as is, you can simply keep it this way, or lessen the effect a little by adjusting the blend mode. Set the duplicated layer to Lighten for a softer effect. There’s your first Pixelated Portrait! 2. Add Layers of Pixelation Step 1 For the next effect we’re going to simply use the Mosaic filter more than once. Just like our previous effect, open your reference into photoshop (ID: 18098420), and duplicate the original layer. Step 2 Select the duplicated layer. Go to Filter > Pixelate > Mosaic and enter a Cell Size of 20 Square. Step 3 Again, on the same layer, go to Filter > Pixelate > Mosaic and now enter a Cell Size of 11 Square. Create one more round of the pixelated effect. Go to Filter > Pixelate > Mosaic and enter a Cell Size of 5 Square. Step 4 Now that we’ve diffused the effect a bit, use the Eraser Tool (E) to softly erase away any details you would like to still show through. In this case I erased over the eyes, lips, and nose, making sure that the original layer is still peeking through underneath the pixelated layer. And you’re done with the second effect! 3. Pattern Pixelation Step 1 For our last effect, let’s create a pixelated portrait with circular shapes. Create a new 100×100 px document in Photoshop. Use a large solid brush at a brush size of 70 pixels to paint a black dot. Go to Edit > Define Pattern and name the pattern Spot. Step 2 Open your reference (ID: 11990654) into Photoshop. Select the original layer and right-click to go to Blending Options. Select the dot you just created for the Pattern and adjust the following settings. Set the Blend Mode to Lighten, and the Scale to 5%. And that’s it! Enjoy experimenting with your own pixelated portraits and feel free to show us your own!