Conventional landscape and fine art photography can sometimes seem a little dull, boring, over-familiar, repetitive, etc.  Why limiting yourself to just that? Use a very simple but effective technique to achieve a different look to your shots. Start being more creative and reveal the power of Photoshop CC.  Such look can be a “dotscape”.

So lets begin!

For starters we will need a landscape or fine art photograph, although any image can do the trick.

I will start with one of my photographs called “New Adventures”

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This  combination of pattern and filter effects turns a scene into a series of colored dots, and looks great when printed large.

Step #1 Lets open our image in Photoshop CC

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Step #2 Make sure to save as… and save the image under a different name so you won’t lose the original photo.

Step #3 Go to Filters > Pixelate > Mosaic…

This reduces an image to a series of colored squares. Apply this over your chosen image first.

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Step #4 Find a cell size that works well for your image.

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Step #5 Go to File > New (Cmd/Ctrl + N) and set the width and height to exactly the same number of pixels as the cell size, with Background Contents set to White.

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Step #6 Grab the Elliptical Marquee tool and then draw a circular selection that touches the edges of the white square.

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Step #7 – Right click inside the selection to invert the selection (Ctrl+Shift+I) and Cmd/Ctrl+J to copy it to a new layer.

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Step #8 Cmd/Ctrl+J to copy it to a new layer, then hide the Background layer.

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Step #9 Go to Edit > Define Pattern.

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Step #10 Go back to your main image and then go to Layer > New Fill Layer > Pattern.

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Step #11 Make sure that the pattern you just created is chosen and press OK. You’re almost done! (Next steps are optional)

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Step #12 For the finishing touch, we simply create a white border around the image. Go to Image > Canvas size (Cmd/Ctrl + alt + C)

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Step #13 – Depending on the size of your photo, add about the border you want. I added 0.5″ to each side.

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Final Image

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