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Photoshop Tutorial: Distressed Halftone & Engraved Photo Effects

February 12, 2020


Hello
everyone this is Chris from Spoon Graphics back with another video tutorial for Adobe
Photoshop. Today I’m going to show you a combination
of filters that produce distressed halftone effects, which gives an image a high-contrast,
newsprint-style appearance. The main effect is made of halftone dots, but I’ll also show
you some additional tweaks you can apply to produce other pattern effects too. But first, if you want some new fonts to add
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description. I’ll be using this free image as part of this
tutorial, but stick around until the end to see how this halftone effect can be easily
applied to other images after it has been set up. Since I’ll focusing on just the face of this
portrait, I’ll quickly straighten it out. If you’re working with a different photo,
skip ahead a little, otherwise drag the layer over the New Layer icon to make a duplicate. Use the CMD+T shortcut, or CTRL+T on Windows
to Transform the image, rotate it to straighten up the face. Press CMD+E to Merge this layer down with
the Background. This particular image is pretty large at 4000x5500px,
the larger the image, the more detailed the halftone pattern will be as the dot scaling
becomes smaller. Go to Image>Image Size and resize the image to around 3000px width. We first need to convert the image to Black
and White. The easiest way to do so is to add a Black and White Adjustment Layer. All the halftone effects will be applied to
a new layer, but this layer needs something in it for the filters to work. Go to Edit
>Fill, then choose 50% Grey Right click on this layer and choose Convert
to Smart Object, so the filter options can still be edited after they have been applied. Go to Filter>Filter Gallery and choose Halftone
Pattern from under the Sketch menu. The settings of 2 Size works for this image, but you can
increase the figure for bigger dots. Keep the Contrast at zero. Change the Pattern Type
to Dots, but we’ll come back to check out the Lines effect later. You could use just a basic halftone pattern
with clean and crisp circles, but I like to grunge things up with distressed effects. Click the New icon at the bottom of the Filter
Gallery panel to add another effect. Choose Torn Edges. Reduce the Contrast setting to zero, then
set the Smoothness to 13. Move the Image Balance slider to the centre around 25. To allow this distressed halftone pattern
to interact with the tones of the image, change the blending mode to Hard Mix. The contrast is to a little too harsh with
too much of a bitmap look, so reduce the Fill amount to allow the underlying image to show
through slightly. Around 80% works well. As a finishing touch, add a Gradient Map adjustment
layer. I’m using a preset from my free collection of Duotone Gradients you can download from
Spoon Graphics, but the colour values are #2a1c33 and #d2bb8f We can now play around with the filter settings
to check out some alternative effects. Double-click the Filter Gallery effect in the Layers panel. If you move the Image Balance Slider, you’ll
notice the tone of the pattern changes after so many digits. See how the darker halftone
pattern produces a darker effect when applied to the photo. Conversely, moving the Image Balance slider
the other way generates a brighter effect which might suit your chosen image better. The other option you can experiment with is
the Smoothness value. Maxing it out to 15 doesn’t look right at all, but 14 gives a
clearer reproduction of the image. I prefer one step down at 13 to boost the
contrast a little. To customise the effect further, you could
add a Twirl effect under the Filter>Distort menu. Use the default 50 degrees figure to
see how it bends and warps the dots, which produces more of an engraved effect like you
see on the back on bank notes. Turn off the visibility of the Twirl filter
in the Layers panel to revert back to the Halftone effect. Double click the Filter Gallery again, this
time change the Pattern Type of the Halftone effect to Lines, rather than dots to create
yet another version of the effect. This halftone lines effect can also be made
to look like an engraved illustration by applying a Wave filter from the Filter>Distort menu. For this scale of image, settings of 79 & 80
for the Wavelength, and 5 & 6 for the Amplitude work well, making sure you have the Sine option
checked. One of my popular pieces of content on Spoon
Graphics is my engraved effect tutorial and complementary Action, but this is a quicker
and easier version of that visual effect. Since this effect is added to a totally new
layer, it’s really easy to replace the image. Simply place another photo within the layer
stack underneath the Smart Object layer to see the effect immediately applied. The final result is a cool halftone pattern
effect with a range of options to customise its appearance. What’s great about this effect
is how the Hard Mix blending mode allows the pattern to conform to the tones of the original
photograph, it also makes the dots or lines appear smaller or thinner over the lighter
areas. The addition of the Torn Edges filter also
gives the effect more of a distressed appearance, rather than an array of perfectly clean and
crisp patterns. So if you enjoyed this tutorial, a thumbs
up to help spread the word would be really appreciated. Subscribe to the channel to stick
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and I’ll see you in the next one.

4 Comments

  • Reply Spoon Graphics February 11, 2020 at 8:26 pm

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  • Reply Hertz GFX February 11, 2020 at 8:29 pm

    Awesome work

  • Reply Youssef LEGMIRI February 11, 2020 at 9:34 pm

    I love your work man. You're amazing Chris . I loved the intro and Bg music as well. I've learned a lot from you man thank you so much . Keep it up 💪

  • Reply Macaproductions February 12, 2020 at 1:33 am

    Gracias maestro Saludos desde Bolivia

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