hi this is Marty from Blue Lightning TV
I'm going to show you how to transform a
photo of someone into a fun colorful
Lego portrait you can apply this effect
to virtually anyone open a photo that
you'd like to use I downloaded this one
from shutterstock.com the first step is
to convert it into a smart object so we
can modify it non-destructively click
the icon at the upper right of the
layers panel and click convert to smart
object you know it's a smart object when
the thumbnail has this icon if you want
to crop your photo
open your rectangular marquee tool and
drag a selection across the area of your
image that you'd like to keep then go to
image and crop to deselect it press ctrl
or command D to get the best results we
need to adjust the size and resolution
of the image go to image and image size
make its resolution 72 pixels per inch
and its height two thousand pixels the
width will automatically default to
another amount since it's linked to the
height then click OK to make sure the
entire image fits onto your canvas press
ctrl or command 0 even though the smart
object is cropped remember the original
photo is still intact to see the
original photo just double-click the
thumbnail of the smart object to open it
to close it click the small X on its tab
go to filter pixelate and mosaic make
the cell size 50 pixels square and click
OK next we'll create the shape that
we'll use to build the Lego pattern go
to file and new make the width and the
height 50 pixels each since that size is
the same as the cell size of the mosaic
then click OK press ctrl or command 0 to
fit it onto your screen fill it with
fifty percent gray to do this press
Shift + the f5 key at the top of your
keyboard to open the fill window choose
50% gray and click OK
click the new layer icon to make a new
layer open your elliptical marquee tool
go to the center and press and hold alt
or option + shift as you drag out a
circle approximately this size fill the
selection with a color it doesn't matter
what color it is since we won't be
actually using the color I'll press ctrl
or command + delete to fill it with the
background color which is white then
deselect it to make sure the circle is
centered on your document open your move
tool press ctrl or command a to select
it all and then click the align
horizontal centers icon and the align
vertical centers icon then deselect it
double-click the thumbnail of the circle
to open its layer style window reduce
its fill opacity 20 percent this makes
the circle itself invisible however this
won't affect any other layer style
effects that we add to the circle click
bevel and emboss keep the structure at
their default settings change the angle
to 90 degrees and the shadow opacity to
50 percent click drop shadow make the
opacity seventy percent the distance
three pixels and the size four pixels
then click OK
click on the lock icon to unlock the
grey background and double-click the
thumbnail to open its layer style window
click bevel and emboss make the size 4
pixels and the shadow opacity fifty
percent then click OK
go to edit and define pattern will name
it Lego and click OK or press Enter or
return click the tab of the Lego file to
open it click the adjustment layer icon
and click pattern the pattern fill
window will open showing the most recent
pattern you saved click OK change the
blend mode to linear light
click the adjustment layer icon again
and this time choose poster eyes
make the levels anywhere between 4 to 8
i'll make mine 8 since Legos are
brightly colored let's increase the
color saturation click the adjustment
layer icon and click hue/saturation
increase the saturation to an amount
that looks good to you
lastly drag the pattern adjustment layer
to the top of the layers panel we're
doing this so that the pattern won't be
affected by the other adjustment layers
as I toggle back and forth you can see
the difference this is Marty from Blue
Lightning TV thanks for watching
Hi. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV.
I'm going to show you how to transform a photo
of someone into a fun, colorful Lego portrait.
You can apply this effect to virtually anyone.
Open a photo that you'd like to use. I downloaded
this one from Shutterstock.com. The first
step is to convert it into a Smart Object,
so we can modify it non-destructively.
Click the icon at the upper, right of the Layers panel and click "Convert to Smart Object".
You know it's a Smart Object when the thumbnail
has this icon. If you want to crop your photo,
open your Rectangular Marquee Tool and drag
a selection across the area of your image
that you'd like to keep. Then, go to Image
To deselect it, press Ctrl or Cmd + D.
To get the best results, we need to adjust
the size and resolution of the image.
Go to Image and Image Size.
Make its Resolution: 72 pixels per inch and its Height: 2000 pixels.
The width will automatically default to another
amount, since its linked to the Height. Then,
click OK. To make sure the entire image fits
onto your canvas, press Ctrl or Cmd + 0. Even
though the Smart Object is cropped, remember
the original photo is still intact. To see
the original photo, just double-click the
thumbnail of the Smart Object to open it.
To close it, click the small "x" on its tab.
Go to Filter, Pixelate and Mosaic.
Make the Cell Size: 50 pixels square and click OK.
Next, we'll create the shape that we'll use
to build the Lego pattern.
Go to File and New. Make the Width and Height: 50 pixels
each, since that size is the same as the cell
size of the mosaic. Then, click OK.
Press Ctrl or Cmd + 0 to fit it onto your screen. Fill it with 50% grey. To do this, press Shift
+ F5 key at the the top of your keyboard to
open the Fill window. Choose 50% grey and
click OK. Click the New Layer icon to make
a new layer.
Open your Elliptical marquee Tool,
go to the center and press and hold
Alt or Option + Shift as you drag out a circle
approximately this size. Fill the selection
with a color. It doesn't matter what color
it is, since won't be actually using the color.
I'll press Ctrl or Cmd + Delete to fill it
with the background color, which is white.
Then, deselect it. To make sure the circle
is centered on your document, open your Move
Tool, press Ctrl or Cmd + A to select it all
and then click the "Align Horizontal Centers" icon and the the "Align Vertical Centers" icon.
Then, deselect it. Double-click the
thumbnail of the circle to open its Layer
Style window. Reduce its Fill Opacity to 0%.
This makes the circle, itself, invisible,
however, this won't effect any other Layer
Style effects that we add to the circle. Click
"Bevel & Emboss". Keep the Structure at their
default settings. Change the Angle to 90 degrees
and the Shadow opacity to 50%. Click "Drop
Shadow". Make the Opacity: 70%, the Distance:
3 pixels and the Size: 4 pixels. Then, click OK.
Click on the lock icon to unlock the grey
background and double-click the thumbnail
to open its Layer Style window. Click "Bevel
& Emboss". Make the Size: 4 pixels and the Shadow opacity: 50%. Then, click OK.
Go to Edit and "Define Pattern". We'll name it "Lego" and click OK or press Enter or Return.
Click the tab of the Lego file to open it. Click the Adjustment layer icon and click "Pattern".
The Pattern Fill window will open showing the most recent pattern you saved.
Change the Blend Mode to "Linear Light".
Click the Adjustment layer icon again and this time, choose "Posterize".
Make the Levels anywhere between 4 to 8.
I'll make mine: 8.
Since Legos are brightly colored, let's increase the color saturation.
Click the Adjustment layer icon and click "Hue/Saturation".
Increase the saturation to an amount that looks good to you.
Lastly, drag the Pattern Adjustment layer to the top of the Layers
panel. We're doing this is so that the Pattern
won't be effected by the other adjustment
layers. As I toggle back-and -forth, you can
see the difference.
This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV.
Thanks for watching!