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first you have to make the image very low in dimensions so you can see the pixels
then you have to go to image - mode - indexed color and choose for only 3 or 4 colors


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@goodguydawid - Just letting you know that the request you have made is not that easy to accomplish. It requires many steps.

I thought it was a simple Gradient Map but I was wrong. This is as close as I have managed to come and I could never explain how I did it, at least not to where I would think you would understand.

Screen Shot 2018-09-18 at 5.35.32 PM.png

Hopefully someone else figures out an easy way to accomplish this effect.


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Same applies to the Hannya. I'm not sure what color filters or blending modes were used. I'm still working with that one.
And something like this in 2 or 3 tones
I was able to come pretty close to your second attachment using a gradient map (which is where IAMSAM was heading).

Charlotte1.jpg Charlotte2.jpg

If you search for "Photoshop Duotone" effect you'll find a number of tutorials. I've attached one below, which is what I used here, plus one extra modification. I followed the steps in the tutorial, but for my image I chose to greatly increase the contrast of the gradient map (where the black arrows are pointing, below).


Lastly, I copied the final image to a new layer and selected Filter>Sketch>Halftone, which gives the dot pattern. I set the layer blend mode to Overlay (but other blend modes also work well) and adjusted the layer opacity to about 35%.

Here's the tutorial for Duotones.