Turn the portrait into a mosaic in Photoshop

At the mention of mosaics, many usually think of the old buildings that they visited during school trips, or of those pictures that hung in the bedroom of every schoolchild during the time when Magic Eye stereo images were popular. Mosaic does not always provide a stylish effect, but Fabio Sasso found a way to create truly amazing images with simple, fast techniques.

In this tutorial, Fabio will show you how to create a “parsed” photo with a cube pattern.

The idea of ​​the lesson is to simulate a mosaic with a more abstract and modern interpretation.

The technique itself is very simple, and the whole lesson can be completed in less than an hour – at the same time, feel free and experiment, creating your own implementation.

Step 1

Open Photoshop and create a new document. I am using A4 size.

Step 2

Import the photo you want to use for the abstract mosaic effect. I used the image of a girl from Shutterstock.

Step 3

To create the foundation of our mosaic, open a new document and use the tool Polygon (Polygon) create a hexagon.

Duplicate the shape and move it so that the base coincides with the top of the first hexagon. Then using the tool Arrow (Direct Selection Tool), remove anchor points 1 and 2. Now move point 3 downwards, creating the top of the cube.

Step 4

Repeat the process of the previous step and get the final edge of the cube. Now you can see that I used different shades of gray to get a three-dimensional effect.

Step 5

Group all the elements of the cube, and then duplicate the finished shape twice to create the basis of the new pattern. Duplicate the shapes until the entire document is filled with cubes.

Step 6

Gently highlight the zone that will be used to define the pattern. Remember that it should be seamless, so use the screenshot above as a hint. Once you have selected a zone, go to the menu Editing> Define a pattern (Edit> Define Pattern). Give the new pattern a name and return to our work.

Step 7

Create a new layer and fill it with a cubic pattern created in the previous steps. Duplicate the layer with the girl, go to the menu Editing> Transform> Slope (Edit> Transform> Skew). Distort the image so that it follows one of the faces of the cube – for this photo I used the left edge as a guide. After that go to menu Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur). Set the parameter Radius (Radius) at 10 px.

Step 8

Now we need to select the left sides of the cubes. To do this, select one of the faces with the tool. Magic wand (Magic Wand Tool) and then go to menu Highlight> Similar shades (Select> Similar). Without removing the selection, click on the layer with the girl and select Layer> Mask Layer> Show Selected Area (Layer> Layer Mask> Reveal Selection).

Step 9

Repeat the process for the other face of the cube.

Step 10

Lift the photo layer of the girl by placing it between the two layers created in steps 7-9. You will get an insane effect combining mirror effects and deconstruction.

1) Make two copies of the photo layer.

2) Leave the first one unchanged, apply the effect to the other two Gaussian blur (Gaussian Blur) with parameters Radius (Radius) 5 px and 15 px respectively.

3) Select the left edge of the cube with the tool Magic wand (Magic Wand), click on a layer with blur 5 pixels, go to the menu Layer> Mask Layer> Show Selected Area (Layer> Layer Mask> Reveal Selection).

4) Now do the previous step, but this time select a layer with a blur of 10 pixels.

5) Select the top faces of the cubes, click on the layer without blurring and apply an effect to it. Filter> Distortion> Distortion (Filter> Distort> Pinch) with amount (Amount) 25%. Can also apply Gaussian blur (Gaussian Blur) Radius (Radius) 3 px or freely try out other filters that are best for your photo.

Step 11

Select all layers, duplicate them. Select copies, go to menu Layers> Merge Layers (Layer> Merge Layers). With the active selection of the merged layer, go to the menu Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur (Gaussian Blur). Set the parameter Radius (Radius) at 20 px.

Change Blend mode (Blending mode) on Screen (Screen) with Opacity (Opacity) 80%. After that go to menu Layers> New Adjustment Layer> Gradient Map (Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Gradient Map). Use a standard black and white gradient by changing the blending mode to Soft light (Soft Light). Go to menu Layers> New Adjustment Layer> Hue / Saturation (Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Hue and Saturation). Cut down Saturation (Saturation) to -30.

Step 12

Group all layers except the background with a cube pattern. Using this layer, select zones that can be removed. After you have selected the required areas, make sure that the grouped layers are also selected and go to Layers> Mask Layer> Hide Selection (Layer> Layer Mask> Hide Selection).

Step 13

Now let’s add a paper texture over all other layers, giving the work a retro style. The image I used is on ShutterStock, it can be downloaded from the link at the beginning of the lesson. Place the texture above the others, change its blending mode to Multiplication (Multiply).

Step 14

Duplicate the paper texture and place it so that it is above the layer with the cubes, but under all the others. Change the blending mode to Darkening basics (Color Burn).

Step 15

Add a new layer, place it above the others and fill it with black. Set the blending mode to Multiplication (Multiply). Choose a very soft white Brush (Brush Tool). Start drawing in the center of the image, the white color will become transparent. The goal of this step is to create a vignetting effect.

Final image:

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