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
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
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.
There’s your first Pixelated Portrait!
2. Add Layers of Pixelation
Create one more round of the pixelated effect. Go to Filter > Pixelate > Mosaic and enter a Cell Size of 5 Square.
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
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.
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%.