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Roman Mosaic Effect

Author: mizgriz

Tools Needed

* Photoshop CS

Step 1: Paint Daubs

As we all know, mosaics aren't really all that photo realistic, so the first thing you'll want to do is make your render look like a painting.

First, open up the image you want to give the effect to. I'm using this one:

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Go to Filters > Artistic > Paint Daubs.

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The settings should be: Brush size 5, sharpness 7, and the brush type should be simple:

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Your render will now look like a painting:

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Step 2: Adding some texture

Next, we're going to add some texture, since we're going for the “aged, fading” effect. Go to Filters > Texturizer > Sandstone.

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You'll want the scaling to be at 50%, relief to be at 4, and the lighting to be Top Left.

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Your image will now look something like this:

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Step 3: Changing the Contrast

Now we need to change the brightness and contrast of the image.

Go to Image > Adjustments > Brightness/Contrast

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The brightness needs to be at +60, and the contrast at +54.

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This is what will happen to your image:

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Step 4: Mosaic Tiles

Go to Filters > Textures > Mosaic Tiles.

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You'll want the tile size to be 8, grout width to be 1, and lighten grout set to 8.

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This is what the image will look like:

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Step 5: Finishing Up

We only have a little bit more left to do.

Duplicate the layer your render is on.

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Select the new layer. Now go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur.

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Set the blur radius to 3.0.

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This is what will happen to your image.

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Now, set the blend mode on the layer to Multiply, and…

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Step 6: The end!

Ta da! You're done! Your image will look something like this:

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