Refining a dot portrait in Photoshop: Deke’s Techniques

Published by | Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

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A few weeks ago, with Deke’s help, you transformed a photograph into a Pointillist-style dot drawing. (See Deke’s Techniques number 239 in the library if you’d like to revisit the technique.) Today, learn how to refine that portrait with smaller dots. This doubles the resolution of your image, too, making it an even better candidate for printing. However, instead of a dynamic effect, it turns into a static one. The downside is you lose your Smart Filters and the effect becomes destructive, as opposed to nondestructive. But Deke bets that you’ll think it’s worth it.

This technique combines filters from the Filter Gallery and the Image Size command in Adobe Photoshop. Click the video below to start learning.

Come back next week to learn how to convert an RGB image to CMYK in a way that retains more of your image data. Stay tuned!

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