Pixel effect

In this Photoshop tutorial, you will learn how to give your photos a digital pixel effect. This effect is often used in advertising digital technology.

First we will try to add a regular Photoshop filter, and then layer masks, transparency, blending modes will be applied.

At the end of the lesson you will see that with the help of blending modes you can create incredible things!

Here is the original image for the job:

For now, look at the three results we’ll get in this lesson.

The first:

Second:

Third:

So, let’s begin.

Step 1:

Open a photo in Photoshop and duplicate it by clicking Ctrl + J. Here is what the layers palette now looks like:

Step 2:

Go to the new layer. Then select the menu Filter – Appearance – Mosaic (Filter – Pixelate – Mosaic).

In the dialog box, as you can see, you can change the size and number of cubes. Set the value as you like. OK.

Here’s what happened:

Step 3: Add a layer mask

At the bottom of the layers palette there is such a button. – click on it.
A layer will be added to the layer (white rectangle).

Step 4: Take the tool

Set black and white colors in the tool palette:

Select a black to white gradient:

Next, drag the gradient from right to left as shown in the image:

Here’s what happened:

Step 5: Use brush

To erase the mask, you could use a brush.
Go back (when the pixel layer was still full)
Take a black brush with soft edges, choose the size of your image.

Switch to the layer mask. And start to paint with a brush on the face of a person.

Here’s what the photo looks like now:

Reduce the transparency of the pixel layer to 75%

Here is a photo after reducing transparency:

Now let’s play with overlay modes!

Change from Normal to Darken (Replacing dark):

Try changing the blending mode to Lighten (Replacing light):

And the last experiment with the regime Hard mix (Hard mix)

You can get such interesting works using various filters and blending modes!

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