How to Make a Geometric Halftone Effect in Illustrator

How to Make a Geometric Halftone Effect in Illustrator

Vector Halftone Effect

In its original form, Halftone was a printing technique that used small dots of CMYK colors to simulate a solid ink, varying the size and the spacing of those dots to generate a gradient effect or a smooth color. Today, rather than showing you how to make a color halftone effect, we're bringing you an easy technique to make a halftone effect in Illustrator using any geometric shape you want (not just a boring circle) like a hexagon, to tie the design in with other elements of your design.

Step 1

Open Illustrator an make a new file at any size you want. In this case i will make mine at 1800 x 1200 px.

Step 2

Select the Polygon Tool. Be sure to set the fill to Black and the stroke to none.

Step 3

Click once over the Artboard and in the Polygon window, set the Radius to 30 px, the Sides to 6 and click OK.

Step 4

Again, click once over the Artboard and in the Polygon window, set the Radius to 10 px, the Sides to 6 and click OK.

Step 5

Reposition and align the hexagons on their vertical center as shown.

Step 6

Select both hexagons and go to Object > Blend > Make.

Step 7

Go to Object > Blend > Blend Options. Apply the following settings and click OK.

Step 8

Reposition the objects on the Artboard as shown.

Step 9

Go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform. Apply the following settings and click OK.

Step 10

Got to Object > Expand Appearance.

Step 11

With all selected, go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform. Apply the following settings and click OK.

Step 12

Lastly, go to Object > Expand Appearance.

A Final Note:

Now that you know how to easily make a Geometric Halftone Effect in Illustrator, try using different geometric (or organic, why not?) shapes like squares, pentagons, etc for a totally different visual impact.


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