Pointillism in Photoshop
● You will only use 2 Tools in this Tutorial:
Paintbrush Tool Eyedropper Tool
✓ Pointillism✓ Keyboard Shortcuts
• This tutorial is part of the Shadow Life Project.
Other People's Work:
Here are examples of work inspired by this tutorial.
Step #1: Open a Picture of your Face in PhotoShop ~
✗ Get a photo of your face and open it in Photoshop.
Step #2: New Layer ~
✗ Create a New Layer on top of your image by clicking the layer icon or hit the keyboard shortcut: Cmd(⌘)+Shift+N …
✗ … or hit the keyboard shortcut: Cmd(⌘)+Shift(⇧)+N …
✗ … and Lock the background layer.
Step #3: You Will Only Need 2 Tools ~
✗ You only need 2 tools for this tutorial:
● Eyedropper Tool ● Brush Tool
Step #4: Eyedropper Tool ~
✗ Get the Eyedropper Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (i) …
• Keyboard shortcuts are a must in this tutorial!
✗ … and grab a color from the background.
Step #5: The Brush Tool ~
✗ Next, click the Brush Tool or hit the keybord shortcut letter (B) …
• Again, Remember the Keyboard Shortcuts!
✗ … click to open the Brush Preset picker …
✗ … and select a soft round brush - any size for now.
✗ Adjust the size of the brush using the Bracket Keys:
<== Smaller | Bigger ==>
Step #6: Begin Painting ~
✗ Then paint a dot on the new blank layer.
Step #7: Alt Key ~
✗ Hit Alt (⌥) to quickly switch to the Eyedropper Tool …
✗ That's Right! Alt (⌥) temporarily activates the Eyedropper - Makes it much faster!
✗ Keep Going! All across grabbing colors and making many dots of various sizes.
✗ Grab a new color every time you make a new dot in order to give your composition a wide range of color.
Step #8: Background ~
✗ Once you are happy with your composition, turn off the visibility of the original image to reveal the work you have done.
✗ There may be gaps between many of the dots you have created.
✗ Add one last layer behind your painting by Cmd(⌘)+Clicking on the "Create a new layer" icon …
✗ Fill the layer with the Paint Bucket with a soft complementary color that works with your overall composition. You may want to experiment with a few different colors to see what color complements your painting best. For example, if your painting is dominated by a soft blue sky, a soft orange might be a good choice to complement the dominant blues in your overall composition.
Last Step: Save & Attach ~
✗ Go to: File > Save as … and save your work as - FIRST_NAME_LAST_NAME_PROJECT_NAME.psd
✗ Attach it!
• ALWAYS save your projects like this:
• DO NOT name your project any other way - Improperly named projects will not receive credit and you will be sad.
• NEVER leave your work on the desktop or depend on a flash drive - instead, save your work in a folder you can find later - preferably on a virtual drive where it can be backed up.