Create three stylized photo effect in Photoshop

?In this tutorial, I will show you how to create 3 different pixel portraits in Photoshop. So let’s get started!

Final result

1. Filter Mosaic

Step 1

You can pixelate any photo using the filter Mosaic (Mosaic Filter). Open the original image with model 1 in Photoshop. Further. we will create a duplicate of the original layer with the model, to do this, right-click on the layer with the model and in the window that appears, select the option Create duplicate layer (Duplicate Layer).

Step 2

Go to duplicate layer. Next, go Filter – Design – Mosaic (Filter> Pixelate> Mosaic) and in the settings window of this filter that appears, set Cell size (Cell Size) on 20 Squares (Square).

Step 3

If you like this pixelation effect in this form, then you can leave it as it is, or slightly soften the effect using the blend mode. Change the blending mode for duplicate layer to Light replacement (Lighten) to get a softer effect.

So, your first pixelated portrait is ready!

2. Add pixelated layers.

Step 1

For the next effect, we will apply the filter Mosaic (Mosaic filter) more than once. In the same way as with the previous effect, open the original image with model 2 in Photoshop. Next, we will create a duplicate of the original layer with the model, to do this, right-click on the layer with the model and in the window that appears, select the option Create duplicate layer (Duplicate Layer).

Step 2

Go to duplicate layer. Next, go Filter – Design – Mosaic (Filter> Pixelate> Mosaic) and in the settings window of this filter that appears, set Cell size (Cell Size) on 20 Squares (Square).

Step 3

Once on the same layer, go again Filter – Design – Mosaic (Filter> Pixelate> Mosaic) and in the settings window of this filter that appears, set Cell size (Cell Size) on 11 Squares (Square).

Once again apply the filter, for this we go Filter – Design – Mosaic (Filter> Pixelate> Mosaic) and in the settings window of this filter that appears, set Cell size (Cell Size) 5 Squares (Square).

Step 4

Now we will strengthen the details a bit. Using tool Eraser (Eraser Tool (E), hide the pixelation effect over the parts that you want them to be visible. In this case, I rubbed the eyes, lips and nose with an eraser so that you can see these areas of the original layer with the model that located below the pixelated layer.

And your second portrait with pixelation effect is ready!

2. Pixelated pattern

Step 1

For our last effect, let’s create a pixelated portrait from round-shaped pixels. Create a new document 100x100xp in Photoshop. Using a large hard brush, brush size 70 px, draw a black spot. Next, go Editing – Define a pattern (Edit> Define Pattern). Name the new pattern Spot (Spot).

Step 2

Open the original image with model 3 in Photoshop. Next, right-click on the layer with the model and in the window that appears, select the option Overlay options (Blending Options).

In the window Overlay options (Blending Options) select layer style Pattern overlay (Pattern Overlay). Next, in the settings window of this layer style, set the pattern we created earlier. Set the settings that are shown in the screenshot below.

Decrease Scale (Scale) up to 5%. Change the blending mode to Light replacement (Lighten)

And that is all! Hope you enjoyed this tutorial. I wish you a wonderful time creating portraits with pixelation effect! See you again!

Final result

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