How to Create a Pixel Image Effect in Photoshop


Adobe PhotoShop is preprogrammed with dozens of filters and effects that you can apply to photo projects. These effects help make photos stand out or enhance the photo for a particular viewing audience. The Pixel image effect makes photos look digitalized, but it can also make something look futuristic or even from the past when high resolution files were not found often on the Internet. Applying this effect is easy to accomplish and mixing in other Photoshop skills can create an original picture.

Things You'll Need

  • Adobe PhotoShop
  • Open Adobe PhotoShop and load your photo by clicking and dragging it into the program or by going to “File” and “Open”.

  • Crop the image to only edit the selected part you want to pixilate. The crop tool looks like a criss-cross pattern on the toolbar. Click and drag over the desired area. Adjust the points to perfect the crop and then click the “Check Mark” at the top of the screen when completed.

  • Click on “Filter” and “Pixelate” to see the selection of pixel tools.

  • Click on the “Color Halftone” filter. This filter adds pixels to the image to make it look like an old printed magazine. Type in either “15” or “20” for smaller pixels and “5” or “8” for larger pixel effects. Try out the different options to see the desired results because this filter does not offer a preview.

  • Use the “Crystallize” filter for a random shaped pixel effect. The filter almost creates a stained glass look. Adjust the cell size of the crystals and see a preview before rendering the effect.

  • Add a slight blurriness to the photo with “Fragment” filter. This filter slightly adjusts all of the filters so that the image appears out of focus.

  • Create a grainy television pixel effect by applying the “Mezzotint” filter. There are multiple types to choose from including “dots,” “lines” and “strokes” with different sizes and distances.

  • Use the “Mosaic” filter for a classic pixel effect. This filter is commonly seen on censored images and videos. Adjust the cell size arrow to create bigger or smaller square pixels on the picture.

  • Apply the “Pointillize” filter to the picture to create tiny colored dots from the source material. Use the slider to change the size of the dots and press “OK” to see a preview.

  • Export the final photo by going to “File” and “Save As.” Select a format to save the image as and give the file a name. Press “Save,” and the pixel process is complete.

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