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How to Make a Custom Halftone Effect in Photoshop

How to Make a Custom Halftone Effect in Photoshop

Photoshop Photo Effects

In Photoshop, there is more than one method to achieve a particular effect. Some require more time, while others are made in less than 5 minutes, but the quality of the end result may not be the one you expect. And when it comes to making a Halftone Effect in Photoshop, all of these methods are available. There is one in particular that you may not know and that is to create your own pattern to make the halftone effect. Today, I will show you how to make your own pattern and an adaptative and a bit grungy halftone effect you can use over any image you want.

But before we begin, if you want to follow this tutorial exactly as described, please download the following free image from Pexels: Download.

Step 1

Open Photoshop and make a new 50 x 50 px document with the background color set to #d0d0d0.

Step 2

Select the Rectangle Tool (U). Make a square and rotate it 45º as shown. Be sure the vertices are touching each side of the canvas.

Step 3

Go to Layer > Layer Style > Gradient Overlay. Be sure to have the Foreground to Background gradient selected (with the Foreground set to #000000 and the Background set to #d0d0d0) and apply the following settings.

Step 4

Press Ctrl+Shift+Alt+E to make a stamp of the visible layers.

Step 5

Go to Filter > Other > Offset. Apply the following settings and click OK.

Step 6

Select the Rectangle layer and go to Layer > Arrange > Bring to Front.

Step 7

Go to Select > All and then to Edit > Define Pattern. Give the pattern a name and click OK.

Step 8

With our new halftone pattern already made, open the image you want to apply the halftone effect in Photoshop.

Step 9

Go to Filter > Blur > Gausian Blur. Apply the following settings and click OK.
Note: The blur effect is to soften the halftone shapes and make them more rounded and a bit less grungy in the final step.

Step 10

Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Hue/Saturation.

Step 11

In the Hue/Saturation Properties panel, set the Saturation to -100.

Step 12

Go to Layer > New Fill Layer > Pattern.

Step 13

Click on the pattern thumbnail and from the dropdown menu select our recently created pattern. Apply the following settings and click OK.

Step 14

Lastly, and here is when the magic happens, set the blend mode of the Pattern layer to Hard Mix and bring down the Fill to 90%.


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