Please help me create a pixelated effect in my art
Dez Philips, England
Producing a pixelated yet high-resolution image is simple in Photoshop and it’s a great effect, which you can’t achieve with built-in filters. For cover art or a marketing image I usually have to push an original image or concept art further, which makes it more stylised.
For this image, of two futuristic police droids, I want to generate a retro, sci-fi vibe by partially pixelating the image. I copy the final illustration into another file and resize it to one-hundreth of its original dimensions. This results in a lowresolution version of the same image – exactly what I’m after.
Now I only have to preserve these pixels. So I resize the image again, and in the Image Size dialog change the Resample Image option to Nearest Neighbor (preserve hard edges). The result is a pixelated version of the original image, which I can copy back into the original file as a new layer.
I create another pixelated version at a slightly better resolution and a pixelated effect layer by painting some blue stripes. Then I add these to my original image and sharpen all of them with the Unsharp Mask (Filters> Sharpen>Unsharp Mask) to generate much harder edges and a more digital look.
I mask out parts of my new effect layers, add the extra graphic elements and carry out final colour and contrast adjustments.
Using hand-painted effects and simple Photoshop techniques to stylise illustrations is more effective than built-in filters and photo-textures. By changing the type of resampling of the image before resizing, you can quickly produce effective results.