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”
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
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.
Step #4 – Find a cell size that works well for your image.
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.
Step #6 – Grab the Elliptical Marquee tool and then draw a circular selection that touches the edges of the white square.
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.
Step #8 – Cmd/Ctrl+J to copy it to a new layer, then hide the Background layer.
Step #9 – Go to Edit > Define Pattern.
Step #10 – Go back to your main image and then go to Layer > New Fill Layer > Pattern.
Step #11 – Make sure that the pattern you just created is chosen and press OK. You’re almost done! (Next steps are optional)
Step #12 – For the finishing touch, we simply create a white border around the image. Go to Image > Canvas size (Cmd/Ctrl + alt + C)
Step #13 – Depending on the size of your photo, add about the border you want. I added 0.5″ to each side.