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

Stock Photo - Close-up black and white portrait of young beautiful woman with long blond hair

 

 

 

Close up black and white portrait of young beautiful woman with long blond hair: 7817650 ©Olga Ekaterincheva

Stock Photo - Beauty Woman With Long Black Hair Hairstyle

 

 

 

Beauty woman with long black hair hairstyle: 18098420 ©subbotina

Stock Photo - Photo of young beautiful woman with magnificent hair

 

 

 

Photo of young beautiful woman with magnificent hair: 11990654 ©Nadezda Korobkova

1. Mosaic Filter

Step 1

pixelatedportraits1You 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

pixelatedportraits2Select the duplicated layer. Go to Filter > Pixelate > Mosaic and enter a Cell Size of 20 Square.

Step 3

pixelatedportraits3finalIf 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

pixelatedportraits4For 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

pixelatedportraits5Select the duplicated layer. Go to Filter > Pixelate > Mosaic and enter a Cell Size of 20 Square.

Step 3

pixelatedportraits6aAgain, 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.

pixelatedportraits6bStep 4

pixelatedportraits7finalNow 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

pixelatedportraits8For 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

pixelatedportraits9aOpen 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%.

pixelatedportraits9bfinalAnd that’s it! Enjoy experimenting with your own pixelated portraits and feel free to show us your own!