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Create Lego Portraits From Any Photo With This Beginner’s Tutorial

By Justin Heyes on November 30th 2014

Some photographers complain that plastic is ruining the aesthetics of photography; from plastic bodies to lens mounts, and even plastic lenses. There are some arguments against this poly-carbonate push, like for Canon’s beloved 50mm f/1.8 or the rise of Holga. Nowadays, camera bodies and lenses are not the only things clad in plastic – a tutorial from Photoshop Tutorials shows how to make your images look like the are made from plastic! Plastic Legos to be exact.


First, this quick and easy beginner’s guide shows you how to pixelate your photographs to the point where they begin to become indistinguishable. Next, there is a trick to how to create scale-able brick patterns to make your image look like it was made from 1×1 brick pieces; a simple tweak can alter the look of a 2×2 or a 2×4 brick. Once that step is complete, the image will look too realistic, so the colors must be compressed to reflect the palate that Lego offers.

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At around 7 minutes, the tutorial goes over many of the features of Photoshop at a very quick pace; you may have to start and stop the video a couple of time to follow along.

Create Lego Brick Mosaics From Any Photo

To take your Lego images to the next level, for $5, Brick-A-Pic will take that lego-ize portrait and give you the shopping list and building instructions to help you create one of a kind artwork. A fun and unique gift for that Lego lover in your life!

[Via Photoshop Tutorial Youtube / Images Screen Captures]

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Justin Heyes wants to live in a world where we have near misses and absolute hits; great love and small disasters. Starting his career as a gaffer, he has done work for QVC and The Rachel Ray Show, but quickly fell in love with photography. When he’s not building arcade machines, you can find him at local flea markets or attending car shows.

Explore his photographic endeavors here.

Website: Justin Heyes
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Q&A Discussions

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  1. Graham Curran

    A fun cool effect.

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  3. Peter Nord

    I san see how kids of a certain age would like assembling Legos to form a favorite image. I’m tempted to make a set for grandchildren of our dog which they love.

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  5. Andre Queree

    The actual lego brick version would make a cool gift.

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  6. Brandon Dewey

    Cool effect

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