10 Ways to Use Halftones in Photoshop

June 24, 2018 1 Comment

10 Ways to Use Halftones in Photoshop

Use these simple, expert tested tips and tricks for using halftone brushes in Photoshop (Featuring the Horrific Halftone Brush Set for Photoshop).

If you've ever used halftones, you probably know they help break up the overly clean and sanitized look of digital art.

What most creatives don't know is that products like Horrific Halftones also work like a charm to enhance almost any aspect of your work––if you know how to go about it.

Here are some simple, tested hints from designers that have used Horrific Halftones from RetroSupply Co.

It's recommended you use a tablet to get all the advantages of the pressure sensitivity features of the brushes.

However, if you prefer to use a mouse you can still get astounding effects. In fact, the cover of our Horrific Halftones pack was made 100% with a mouse.

Compatibility: These brushes are compatible with Adobe Photoshop CS6 and Adobe Photoshop CC. Horrific Halftones is 65 MB.

1. Gradients

Halftone Gradient Brush

Horrific Halftones allows you to create halftone gradients in your work. By simply applying more pressure to your tablet as you work the halftones will increase in intensity giving your work beautiful depth and texture.

2. Moiré Patterns

Moiré patterns are a frowned upon interference pattern that occurs when identical patterns are laid on top of each other but displaced. The result ads a beautifully flawed and slightly tacky effect that has become a beloved part of retro print work.

3. Adobe Illustrator

Import work from Illustrator to Photoshop

Bring your precise Adobe Illustrator work into Photoshop and on a new layer add your halftones on top. Organize your halftones into layers for highlights, shadows, and textures for easy editing later.

4. Typography & Lettering

Add texture to your lettering and typography

Designer and illustrator Emir Ayouni loves to alter the look of fonts so they become something uniquely his own. Use halftones to add depth and texture to your customized lettering work.

5. Shading & Highlights

Vary halftones to create depth

After your artwork is complete add final touches by using dark halftones for shadows and light halftones for highlights. Be sure to match them to your color palette so they blend in.

6. Use Different Halftone Sizes

Try using different halftone sizes. For example, use smaller halftones to add highlights and shadows to the fine details in a face and larger halftones to for the torso, legs, and arms.

7. Layer Masks

How to use Layer Masks with Photoshop brushes

In the Layers panel (Windows > Layers) click the rectangle icon with a circle in the center to add a layer mask. Set your default foreground and background color with the keyboard command Shift+D. Now you can use your halftone brushes to non-destructively hide parts of your image with black or reveal it with white.

8. Adjust Pressure Sensitivity

Adjust Photoshop brush width

Customize the pressure sensitivity of the brush width by simply choosing Brush Settings > Shape Dynamics and then adjusting the Minimum Diameter slider to your desired sensitivity.

9. Adjust Halftone Size

Halftone brushes (or any other pattern based brush) is unlikely to always be the perfect size out of the box. Adjust the size of the halftones by going to Brush Settings > Texture and adjust the Scale.

10. Work Fast with Pressure Sensitivity

Gradient halftones for Photoshop

Over 100 Horriffic Halftones brushes are pressure sensitive which means you can fill in areas with a variety of halftone intensities within seconds within jumping between brushes.

Buy Horrific Halftones for Photoshop

Get our Horrific Halftones for Photoshop Brush Pack and start using all these techniquese in your work today.

  • 250+ Photoshop halftone brushes including clean and gritty versions.
  • Works with iPad Pro (in conjunction with an app like Astropad) as well as a mouse.
  • Compatible with Adobe CS6 and Adobe CC.
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1 Response

Jamie Shields
Jamie Shields

June 26, 2018

Adjusting the halftone size is a great tip.

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