Published on November 4, 2023

Create a dotted portrait

In this blog I will show you how to create a dot pattern with the brush tool in Adobe Photoshop.

Rather watch the video with instructions? Then click here or scroll down to the end of this page.

If you want, you can download the photo I used here.

Step 1: Preparations

Open the photo you want to edit. Unlock the background layer (click on the lock icon). Then lower the opacity of this layer to 50%.

Then press CTRL+J to duplicate this layer. Increase the opacity of this new layer back to 100%.

You now have 2 layers. The bottom one with an opacity of 50% and the top one with an opacity of 100%.

Now select the top layer and add a layer mask. Then select ‘invert‘ (or press CTRL+I). The layer mask should be black now.

Layer mask

Step 2: Dotted portrait

Make sure the layer mask is selected. Then select the brush tool.

Use a hard round brush, opacity 100%. Make the foreground color white.

Brush tool

You can use the [ and ] keys to adjust the brush size. Click somewhere on your photo to create a dot.

Create dots

Continue making different sized dots until you’re happy with the effect!

Step 3: Add background

When you’re done creating the dots, you can add a background.

Create a solid color layer.

Solid color

Pick a color for the background. I make the background white.

Then place the color fill layer between the other 2 layers (directly below the one with the layer mask).

Color fill

And that’s how you create this dotted portrait with the brush tool in Adobe Photoshop!

Dotted portrait

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