The 5 Best Halftone Procreate Brush Sets

The 5 Best Halftone Procreate Brush Sets

Halftones are one of the defining characteristics of bygone printing of the Mid-Century.

Finding halftone brushes for Procreate can be easy, but good ones, not so much. That's why we've put together a list of the 5 best Procreate halftone brushes available on the market.

To understand how we decided which packs to include it's helpful to understand a little about what halftones are.

What Are Halftones?

Halftone is a reproduction technique where the tones or value of an image are made with dots or lines of different sizes or distances (sometimes both!)

They were originally used as a way to reproduce photographs, but have found their way into other areas of printing as a cheap and easy way to print.

Halftone printing became so popular in the early to mid-20th centry that it's become associated with those decades.

Here is our list of the 5 best Procreate halftone packs based on quality, authenticity, and ease-of-use.

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1. DupliTone

Created by RetroSupply Co., DupliTone is a powerful set of 108 dot, line, and shader brushes in both clean and lo-fi texture versions.

Artists will appreciate the full tonal range of brushes. Deal hunters will love the huge amount of tools and bonuses at a reasonable price. Each brush seamlessly blends into the others which means no weird blending or mistakes.

Those just getting started with halftones may find the large number of options overwhelming. However, RetroSupply Co. has provided multiple tutorial videos both within the pack and on their YouTube channel to make the most of this product.

Pros:

  • Dot and line halftones available
  • Solid and shader brushes provided
  • Halftones include both a clean and rough version
  • Full 10-90% tonal range
  • Includes bonus brushes

Cons:

  • Only one screen angle
  • May require advance knowledge of tonal ranges for best effects
  • Large number of brushes may be daunting to beginners

2. Beat Tones

From True Grit Texture Supply, Beat Tones is a collection of 220 textured halftone brushes.

The alternate screen angles available make it a unique set for artists who are heavy into halftones and would want that for their work.

Artists just starting out with using halftones will appreciate the inclusion of a tutorial video and user guide. The inclusion of line halftones in both angled and horizontal versions work well for cross hatching.

Users will want to be aware of possible overlap when moving from lighter to darker tones as a possible drawback.

Pros:

  • Realistic gritty halftone texture
  • A variety of screentone angles
  • Dot, line, and cross hatch patterns available
  • Easily accessible grain sizes

Cons:

  • Halftones overlap
  • Not available in full tonal ranges
  • Clean halftones not provided

3. Nothing but Halftones

Created by artist and designer Mixegraph, Nothing But Halftones is a small but sweet collection of 9+ halftone brushes meant to imitate a classic retro screen printing look.

Grunge lovers will be impressed with the heavily textured brushes. The pack also includes line brushes that you can layer for unique effects.

Users who are used to more robust brushes may struggle with the sparse options, but those just getting started with halftones will find it to be an easy introduction.

Pros:

  • A unique collection of textures included
  • Brushes allow you to combine them for more options
  • Built in grungy texture adds character
  • Dot and line halftones available

Cons:

  • Limited set of brushes
  • Textured brushes only
  • Full tonal range not available

4. Dirty Halftones Brushset

Sampled from real life examples of halftones in the wild, design studio Shoutbam provides a collection of 42 pressure sensitive, “texturizer”, and sprayer brushes.

The pack includes a unique collection of clean and grungy textures that can be applied in a variety of ways to your art.

Halftone aficionados may not consider some of these brushes to be “true” halftones, but we appreciate the spirit of the pack in creating vintage inspired artwork. Beginners will find this a fun introduction to halftones, with a manageable size of brushes and interesting textures.

Pros:

  • Dot and line halftones available
  • Includes shader brushes
  • Includes unique “sprayer” brushes
  • Brushes provided in various levels of “grunge”

Cons:

  • Full tonal range not included outside of shaders
  • Heavy textures may be limiting
  • Many brushes not halftones in the truest sense

5. Luche Halftone & Crosshatch Brushes

From the design masters at G.A.R.M. Company comes the Luche Brush Set. This collection of 42 brushes includes both dot and line (here called cross hatch) halftone brushes.

A unique quality of this brush collection is the ability to manually build tonal ranges for an etching or cross hatch look along with the classic dot halftone.

Some users may find the limited, out of the box, tonal ranges limiting. While others may appreciate the level of control available through this technique.

Pro:

  • Includes dot and line (here called cross hatch) brushes
  • Includes brushes of varied texture
  • Pressure sensitive
  • DIY tonal layering for more control

Cons:

  • Limited tonal ranges available
  • Brushes require layering which some might find limiting
  • No clean brushes available