How to Make a Low Poly Portrait

Greetings! Today you will be learning how to make a Low Poly Portrait! Be prepared to spend your whole day making this single project! Make sure you’re sitting in a nice, comfortable chair with a lil snack beside you. A low poly portrait is known to give off a cool three-dimensional look. It is created using a series of polygons. I will be using triangles for this tutorial. Let’s begin!

Step 1

First you have to choose what your subject is going to be, in this tutorial I’ll be using my teacher! It is optional whether you want the photos dimensions to match your portrait or not since the background can be fixed!

Step 2

Once you have your subject make 2 layers! One of them should be just the image and the other layer should be for the triangles you will be drawing! Make sure to lock your image layer so when your drawing your shapes it won’t move around. A grid would really come in handy for a project like this so I recommend going to View and check Snap to Grid then Show Grid. Now you can begin creating your shapes!

Step 3

There is no perfect place to start, please keep that in mind! As you can see, I was so overwhelmed by the amount of triangles I was going to make I started in three different places: the eyebrows, the nose. then the hair. I recommend starting on place and going on from there. In my case, I was all over the place (oops).The intricate parts really stressed me out and as someone who needs everything to be as perfect as possible I took quite a long time on those parts.

Step 4

It’s a long and slow and mentally exhausting process so your bound to be caught in a haze of shapes throughout the process. Make sure to take small breaks! So a good tip would be to toggle on and off with your image so that you can see the progress your making! Keep in mind that the smaller the shapes the more detailed (and more painful) it will turn out. Bigger shapes cover less detail of your portrait.

Step 5

Once you are done outlining your subject, it’s time to color! My photo was just a gray scale theme (fortunately) but if yours has color this step still applies the same way! Go ahead and click the Selection Tool, click your shape, and then use the Eyedropper Tool to select the color from the image. Do this for the rest of your shapes! Now you’ll start seeing your portrait come along nicely! Take your time in this step and really choose which colors would look best!

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Step 6

This is the last step! Yay! It’s also optional! I chose to go ahead and do the same thing to the background I have to make it look cohesive. Once you’re done with that (if you decide to do it) go ahead and click File>Export for Screens and save your work!

Low Poly Portrait