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* Photoshop CS
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:
Go to Filters > Artistic > Paint Daubs.
The settings should be: Brush size 5, sharpness 7, and the brush type should be simple:
Your render will now look like a painting:
Next, we're going to add some texture, since we're going for the “aged, fading” effect. Go to Filters > Texturizer > Sandstone.
You'll want the scaling to be at 50%, relief to be at 4, and the lighting to be Top Left.
Your image will now look something like this:
Now we need to change the brightness and contrast of the image.
Go to Image > Adjustments > Brightness/Contrast
The brightness needs to be at +60, and the contrast at +54.
This is what will happen to your image:
Go to Filters > Textures > Mosaic Tiles.
You'll want the tile size to be 8, grout width to be 1, and lighten grout set to 8.
This is what the image will look like:
We only have a little bit more left to do.
Duplicate the layer your render is on.
Select the new layer. Now go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur.
Set the blur radius to 3.0.
This is what will happen to your image.
Now, set the blend mode on the layer to Multiply, and…