Create a Jumbotron Effect in Photoshop

In this tutorial we are going to use Photoshop create a jumbotron screen effect like you would see at big sporting events, with the LED lights representing each pixel. We are going to use some patterns as well as some filters to create our effect.

What you will need

Adobe Photoshop

Baseball Photo

Face photo

Step 1

Lets go get a baseball photo and open it up in Photoshop.

I am going to add in “HOME RUN!” using Migra for my font (but any bold font will work). We are going to go ahead and crop the image around the batter and the “HOME RUN!”

Step 2

We are going to change the size of the image, by going into Image>Image Size. Change the width to 1200px in the top box, the Resolution to 72 pixels/inch and make sure all the boxes are checked.

Step 3

Now, we are going to merge the text and image layers together. Click on the arrow icon on the top right of the layers palette and click on Flatten Image.

Step 4

Go into Filter>Pixelate>Mosaic and change your Cell Size to 10. This should give the image a pixilated look.

What the 10 means is that the filter is making 10px squares to make up the image. This information will be important in the following steps.

Step 5

To get a “jumbotron screen” look we are going to change all of the square pixels into circles.

Since we made the squares 10x10px we are going to make a new document the same size so we can make a 10px circle. Using the Ellipse Tool (U) create a circle starting at the top left edge and going to the bottom right edge.

Fill the circle with white (if it isn’t already) by changing the foreground to white and fill with Alt+Delete.

Step 6

Click on the eye to the left of the layer to make the layer disappear and then go to Edit>Define Pattern and call it “10px Circle”.

Step 7

Go back to our baseball document and create a new layer (Ctrl+Shift+N).

Select the Pattern Stamp Tool (S) then select the pattern we made from the options at the top of the screen. Make sure Aligned is checked in the options at the top of the screen, then start painting in the entire document.

Step 8

Create a new layer (Ctrl+Shift+N) and make sure it is the top layer.

Ctrl and click on the pattern layer to select it. Now do Ctrl+Shift+I to get the inverse selection and fill the new layer with black. Click on the eye icon on the pattern layer to make it disappear.

Now you should end up with each circle having a single solid color, which makes up our photo.

Step 9

Click on the background layer that has the image, and then go to Image>Adjustments>Posterize. Change the levels to 10.

This will drop down the amount of colors being used to give it a lower quality “jumbo-tron” feel.

(Alternate Version)

Step 10

We can also create an old jumbo tron (a simplified version of the left screen in the photo) look by following roughly the same steps as 1-9.

We are going to need a higher contrast photo for this to work, so we will use a close up face photo.

Steps 1-6 will be the same. After step 6, before we add in our pattern we want to go to Image>Adjustments>Threshold. This will change our image from color to just black and white.

If we did the Threshold before pixelating the image, we would have had gray pixels along with the black and white, which we don’t want.

Step 11

Repeat steps 7 and 8 to get the jumbotron look. Finally we are going to add some color, to give it a yellow look. Create a new layer at the top of the layers and fill it with a yellow color, something like #FFD964.

Change the Blend Mode to Multiply.

Final

With a few finishing touches, here is what I came up with, and here is the full version.

Alternative Version

Here is the full size version.

Here is a text version

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19 Comments

  1. 22/02/2010

    This is actually the same effect that is used on the inner sleeve for the new Mario video game for Wii. :)

  2. This is absolutely awesome. I’ve been wondering how this design technique was done – since seeing a TV ad the other week which had similar. Many thanks indeed for this.

  3. Curtis
    21/06/2010

    This is utterly amazing. The effect looks so cool in the final design. It served as an inspiration for my logo design. I got my designer from logodesignstation.com to design it based on some of the elements I liked and it turned out great. Many people were quite amazed at how good it looked. Thanks for posting this! :D

  4. Great tuorial. Will try it over the weekend.

  5. know now
    02/08/2010

    Step 5 not clear!

  6. 29/08/2010

    Thank you for sharing!
    Simple but effective tutorial.I loved these 8bit like taste.

    I’ve already tried it…
    http://superwarp.pa.land.to/photo/8bit-world/

    Thanks a lot:-)

  7. gobineitor
    18/09/2010

    Absolutely great tutorial. Thanks. From Argentina.

  8. sean
    29/01/2011

    step 8 isnt working for me?

  9. ray
    15/03/2011

    nice tutorial,..i really lyk it

  10. Doug
    27/03/2011

    @Sean: I also got hung up on Step 8, since there was a step missing in it. After you select the layer (have it highlighted in blue in your layers palette) switch to the Wand Tool (W). Click once and all the white dots that make up the pattern will be selected.

    Then select the inverse to get the marching ants around the inverse of your white dots. Select the top/new/empty layer, and fill the selection with black.

    Once I got by that, the effect worked great. Thank you.

  11. 29/03/2011

    In step 5 all you are doing is making a 10px x 10px document and making a circle with the ellipse tool.

    …thanks, I’m glad everyone likes the tutorial!

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  13. 19/09/2011

    Great tutorial! Thanks!

  14. 08/10/2011

    Hello,
    Thanks immensely for taking the time to put together this tutorial. I only recently started using Photoshop, but I hope this tutorial will give me the information and confidence to design some nice themes.
    Cheers,
    Pope

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