by M. Aurilio
Have you ever been to a site such as
http://mimmomanes.com/ and wondered how to create the
dot effect on the splash page. Well this tutorial will show
you how to use a combination of filters and lighting changes
to create the effect in Photoshop 7! This effect can be
blended well with some grungy effects, so feel free to
expand and experiment to make the effect more original to
[ The Final
Product of this Tutorial ]
Steps to Create Effect
The following steps will help you to create the image effect
you see above:
Copy the original image from
(free membership required). You can also use any other
image of your choice. Start Photoshop up and
create a new RGB document 2048 by 1536 pixels and with the
image resolution set at 72 dpi, and set the background
color to white.
Go to Edit-Paste. (don't resize the image, just zoom out
to see the entire thing).
Once you have pasted the image, go over to your layers,
Right Click the image part in Layer 1, and go to Select
Layer | Transparency.
Now go up to Image-Adjustments-Hue/Saturation. (Ctrl + U)
Move the Saturation slider to -80, and the Brightness
slider to +5. Click Okay.
Now go to Image-Adjustments-Brightness/Contrast. Adjust
your sliders to match the following:
[ make sure to check the
preview box ]
Still with your selection go to your Layers, and Duplicate
Layer 1. Now select "Layer 1 copy" [right click-select
Go to Filter-Pixelate-Color Halftone and adjust the
settings to match the following:
For Channel 3, enter 90 and
for Channel 4, enter 45.
Now lets add some noise! Go to Filter-Noise-Add Noise, and
adjust the settings according to the following:
[ the hue/saturation settings
Next, you need to copy the dot below, and create a pattern
out of it:
[ copy the above image, and
paste it in a new document ]
Once you have the layer that the dot is in selected, go to
Edit-Define Pattern. Name it Circle. Now go back to your
main document, and create a new layer in between Layer 1
copy and Layer one. Name this new layer "pattern".
Go to Edit-Fill, and your pattern should be in the box
that appears. Click OK, which should apply the pattern to
the whole canvas.
Look at your layers palate, and locate the drop-down menu
in which Normal is the selected option. Change that to
Overlay. Now look at the Opacity percent, and lower it to
Single click on Layer 1 copy, and change the layer setting
(the drop down menu under the Layers tab) to Pin Light.
Now it's time to reduce your image size. Go to Image-Image
Size. and make your settings match the following:
Select Layer 1 copy, and go to Image-Adjustments and set
the Contrast Level to +50 and the Brightness Level to +15.
Lower the Opacity to 69%.
That's it! Your image should look
identical or similar to the image at the top of this
tutorial. If you need any help, please post in the
Drawing and Design forums.