How To Create a Stipple Illustration Effect in Adobe Photoshop

In today’s Adobe Photoshop video tutorial I’m going to show you a technique I come up with to replicate those intricate stippled illustrations that are made out of thousands of tiny dots, but without the tedious process of dabbing each dot with a pen.
When it comes to traditional art styles like this, the best results are always achieved by painstakingly working by hand for hours on end, but I think this digital effect actually looks pretty authentic. We’ll create a series of patterns which will help us fill out the spread of dots much faster, then use some simple filters to apply the stippling to an image.

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11 responses to “How To Create a Stipple Illustration Effect in Adobe Photoshop”

  1. Nick Avatar

    Why did you/he make the pattern 500×500 pixels?

  2. neuron121 Avatar

    Nice tut : ) One question though, at 05:35 when I turn off layer visibility I cannot add fill anymore (it's greyed out). Any suggestions?

  3. Edd Wright Avatar

    Great tutorial, quick question though — do you have the patterns uploaded anywhere?

  4. moreorlesslikeso Avatar

    At first I thought: Why on earth don't you use just Photoshop's Bitmap conversion? This gives sort of similar results when choosing a suitable resolution. But then you get perfect square shaped stipples and you have little to no control over how certain tones get translated into those stipples…
    So this is really an interesting way to do it. It relates, I think – in a way – to your tutorial about giving photos that "engraving lines" effect. Last but not least I guess you could actually produce even more rounded stipples if you modified the process of generating those patterns a bit – e.g. by raising the patterns' resolution first, then applying a blur, then adjusting the levels to make them look sharper (and rounder) again and finally reduce the patterns' resolution again to what it has been before. At least this technique works quite well when smoothing lo-res jagged looking line art a bit.

  5. Ric Avatar

    What an awesome tutorial. Thank you for the inspiration.

  6. Sabir Ali Avatar

    Thank you Chris one more amazing tutorial i learn some new Technic god bless you and keep posting amazing tutorial.

  7. Duncan Hurst Avatar

    Thank you again for a very straight forward and easy to follow video.

  8. LiveBig7 Avatar

    simple but very useful, thank you again for making videos.

  9. Yuffie Avatar

    This is one of the most unique tutorials I've seen on youtube, many thanks!

  10. Vandvidsbillisten Ayub Avatar

    Holy Smokes! Amazing tutorial +1 Definitely gonna try this out. Keep up the good work!

  11. Nikola Seke Avatar

    Stippling for me is relaxing and when I see what I did at the and it's so satisfying.

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