mezzotint effect and attempts to save the image when it goes wrong

For some reason, mezzotint keeps me fascinated. It’s not the most striking or unusual effect for sure, but still there is something irresistible about it. Coincidentally, it was of absolutely no use for any project that ever came my way. Oh well, I can still play in Photoshop whenever I have time!

I am starting on November 15, 2010 and will be updating the post until I run out of mezzotint ideas.

Original photo:

original photo

Mezzotint effect with the pixelate mezzotint filter, a definite “meh” in this case:

mezzotint effect with the pixelate pointillize filter

Mezzotint effect with the pixelate pointillize filter, the threshold and some color adjustments added – well, at least it looks more interesting now:

mezzotint effect with the pixelate pointillize filter, threshold and color adjustments

Same as above plus the find edges filter used to create a mask to define to the flowers a little better:

mezzotint effect with the pixelate pointillize filter, threshold, color adjustments, and find edges

And finally somethign that worked quite well – working with channels and diffusion dither:

mezzotint effect with diffusion differ in channels

I could do without the extra golden glow, but all in all, this looks more like fine mezzotint to me. Here is how it’s done:

  1. duplicate the image
  2. in the duplicate, select the red channel
  3. convert image mode to bitmap, choose diffusion dither as a method
  4. copy the result
  5. in the original image, select the red channel and paste into it
  6. repeat the same steps for green and blue channels