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How to Apply a Halftone Effect to Your Images With a Photoshop Action
Photoshop in 60 Seconds: Halftone Effect
The Halftone Effect produces an image by using tiny dots of various sizes and spacing to simulate different gradients. It’s a printing method commonly used to print photographs with convincing gradient-like tone in newspapers. It creates a very specific look, that everyone will nonetheless recognize.
You can use a Photoshop action to easily apply a halftone to your photos. Browse the amazing selection of Photoshop actions available through ThemeKeeper Elements to apply vintage and process-inspired effects to your photography!
In this quick video, learn how to create this unique effect using this halftone Photoshop action:
How to Create a Halftone Effect in Photoshop
Go to Window > Actions and select the drop-down option to Load the halftone action into the Actions palette.
Select the dot size you prefer for the action before pressing the Play button.
This action applies the effect instantly! For a duotone effect, enable the Layer Visibility of one of the Gradient Map Adjustment Layers for more colorful options. I chose Gradient Map 7.
Here is the final result below.
Want to see this in action? Check out the video above to see this lesson at work!
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