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By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Refining a dot portrait in Photoshop: Deke's Techniques

Create a stylized illustration in Photoshop

Explore Deke’s Techniques at lynda.com.

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 lynda.com 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.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Add a pointillist effect to your photos: Deke's Techniques

Pointillism was a late-19th century painting technique comprised of dot-like strokes of color. It got its name from critics who wanted to ridicule its style of brushwork—but the name stuck. If you think about it, pointillism—which tricks the eye to perceive a broader range of tone, without any blending—is a kind of precursor to pixilation. The digital world owes a lot to these enterprising artists.

You, too, can become a pointillist. Learn to mimic the style of Seurat and Signac with today’s Deke’s Techniques. Deke shows you how to shortcut this exacting process with Smart Filters in Adobe Photoshop.

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