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Mosaic Image Effect in Photoshop | Photo Editing

6/23/15, 3:05 PM

Mosaic Image Effect in Photoshop
1. Open your image in Photoshop. Double click on the background layer. Rename it Dots
1.
2. Make new layer, press D (change foreground and background colors to default) and
go to Layer > New > Background From Layer. This should result in background
layer filled with white color.

3. Select Dots 1 and go to Filter > Pixelate > Mosaic... In filter dialog box choose cell
size big enough to produce a grid of approximately 20-30 squares in a row.
My image is 500 px by 300 px and I chose cell size of 20 px for it. You can figure out the
optimal cell size for your image by dividing width of your image in pixels by 20, 25 or 30,
depending on how detailed your image is and on the density of dots you like. Try to get
number without fractions. In my example it's 500 px / 25 = 20 px cell size. Write down
this number, I will refer to it later as “cell size”. Click OK.
4. Now we'll make a dot pattern. Create a new document (Ctrl + N) with width and
height equal to your cell size (20 px in my case). Select all (Ctrl +A) and fill background
layer with black color. Deselect (Ctrl + D).
5. Select Elliptical Marquee Tool. In Options bar choose Style: Fixed size. In Width and
Height boxes type in the same amount - it should be a slightly less then your cell size, so
the circles won't touch. In my example I typed 18 px. Leave Feather option to 0px and
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webdesign. Make sure mask is selected. In layers palette click on New Layer button. Return to your mosaic image document. Add mask to Dots 1 layer. We can stop right here because we already got a nice dotted mosaic image.org/photoshop/photo-editing/mosaic-image-effect-in-photoshop. 3:05 PM Anti-aliased checked. 6. Select all and fill selection with our new dot pattern.Mosaic Image Effect in Photoshop | Photo Editing 6/23/15.html Page 2 of 3 . Levels or anything else you like. Hue/Saturation. 9. http://www. 8. Fill selection with white color. Adjust this layer slightly using Brightness/Contrast. Use arrow keys to align your circle selection in the center of the document. 7. Repeat steps 4 through 7 but use smaller circles size.12815. Delete layer mask. Select all (Ctrl + A) and go to Edit > Define pattern. I adjusted Brightness +10 and Contrast +20. This will result in circle selection in the size that you specified in Options bar. Click on background layer. But we can add more details to push it even farther. Duplicate Dots 1 layer and rename it Dots 2. Ctrl + D to deselect.

circle size is 18 px.webdesign. Dots 4 . Take a look how to achieve the same effect in Illustrator. You can add a couple of more layers with different circle sizes.12815. 3:05 PM 10. Dots 3 . circle size is 14 px. Layer > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation (Saturation +35 and Lightness -5). circle size is 10 px.duplicate Dots 1. Layer > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation (Saturation +25). Layer > Adjustments > Brightness/Contrast (Brightness +10.duplicate Dots 1. circle size is 4 px.original colors. Contrast +20). Dots 2 .duplicate Dots 1.org/photoshop/photo-editing/mosaic-image-effect-in-photoshop. In my example Dots 1 .html Page 3 of 3 .Mosaic Image Effect in Photoshop | Photo Editing 6/23/15. http://www.