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38 Best Halftone Actions, Patterns, Brushes, and More! (For Photoshop and Illustrator)

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38 Best Halftone Actions, Patterns, and More!

But first, what is halftone? Halftone effects first appeared in printing during the late 19th century.

This incredible art allowed printers to create realistic images by arranging small dots tonally with various sizes and spacing.

This medium has predictably turned digital! Modern designers use halftone patterns, vectors, and textures to add a nice retro flair to their work.

Amazing Halftone Photoshop Actions

Let's start with this selection of Photoshop actions. Turn portraits of your pets or loved ones into phenomenal works of art with just the click of a button.

1. Halftone Effect Photoshop (ATN)

Need a quick Photoshop halftone effect? Halftone Effect Photoshop creates a high-quality halftone effect on your image and gives it a distinctive dotted pattern that's similar to a traditional print-making technique.

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2. 10 Special Halftone Effect Photoshop Actions (ATN)

Special effects packs are great for designers on a budget. This special effect series features ten creative photo effects, including a halftone action. And combining effects is a breeze! Just play each action to try out new possibilities.

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3. Halftone Dot Pattern Photoshop Actions (ATN)

Here's another splendid halftone action to add to your arsenal. This action includes impressive results for colorful portraits. Easily set the dot range to fixed, or use varied dot sizes for a custom effect in less time. How will you use this action?

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4. Paper Halftone Effect Photoshop (PSD)

Create a gorgeous paper halftone effect on your favorite portrait or image when you use Paper Halftone Effect Photoshop. Simply replace the image placeholder with your own image and create a halftone effect in no time at all.

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5. Photoshop Halftone Plugin Action (ATN, ZXP)

Photoshop Halftone Plugin Action contains six incredible actions to make your images stand out. Just open your image and run the script of your choice to access any of the wide variety of patterns and colors offered in the action.

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6. Halftone Print PSD Photo Effect (PSD)

Use this beautiful Photoshop halftone effect to give your images a beautiful duotone look. The action is very easy to use: just open your image and press play, and watch your image transformed into a work of art.

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7. Photoshop Halftone Effect (PSD, PAT, PDF)

Take your work to the next level when you use this awesome Photoshop halftone effect. You can transform an image with a stunning halftone dot pattern or halftone curved lines. Your choice.

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8. Halftone Photoshop Actions (ATN)

There's no need to place each dot manually when you have an action. This halftone photo filter features a professional Photoshop action with four halftone variations. You'll also receive ten duotone color variations to add more wow to your images.

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9. Halftone Photo Effects Pack (PSD)

Add a retro vibe to your images with this pack of nine halftone photo effects. With so much variety to choose from, you're bound to find just the right look for a wide range of images.

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10. Risographia for Adobe Photoshop (PSD)

Instantly turn your photos into 16 vintage portrait effects with the eclectic Risographia action. Enjoy the look of traditional hand-painted textures made for the digital arena. All you need to do is place your photo into the smart object and save it.

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Cool Halftone Text Effects

Looking for a retro text effect? Halftone textures add amazing texture and realism to any project. So check out this next list of incredible halftone text effect resources.

11. Sloppy Press Layer Styles: Halftone Screen Printing (PSD, PDF, PNG, ASL, ATN, ABR)

Turn your office into a classic printing press! This pack of retro layer styles is perfect for any vintage lettering enthusiast. It includes 33 typography styles that are all suitable to work with in Adobe Photoshop, along with additional bonuses like textures and brushes.

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12. Vintage Comic Creator (ASL, PAT, PSD)

Are you in a comic rut? Turn to this vintage comic creator to catapult your comics to fame. This brilliant pack of Photoshop layers, styles, and patterns features many rustic effects like halftone dots and grunge patterns. Add style and texture to your illustrations in seconds.

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13. Alternative Printmaker (PSD, PDF)

Looking for an alternative to modern printmaking? Explore vintage effects like the ones from this alternative printmaker pack. Make DIY prints and gig posters for your events with 16 different styles. This set also includes 36 halftone brushes.

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14. Vintage Letterpress Texture Effects (PSD)

This next halftone and letterpress pack works only with the latest versions of Adobe Photoshop. Easily replace your text and logos with realistic textures using editable smart objects. Work with text, vector shapes, or halftone PNG files to get the best results.

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15. Vintage Letterpress: Halftone Printing Text Effect (PSD)

This next pack includes ten Photoshop files packed with letterpress goodies. From halftone text effects to remarkable vintage textures, these files are well organized and simple to navigate. Use them with Photoshop versions CS6 and above.

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16. Under-Inked Print: Halftone Effects Illustrator (EPS)

Make anyone believe that your work came right off the press with these next text effects. Under-Inked is a pack of halftone vector text effects that work with Illustrator CS1 and above. It contains several different textures with varying sizes and graininess.

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17. Vintage Halftone Effect Illustrator (EPS)

Instantly transform your modern text into vintage typography. Vintage Halftone Effect Illustrator supplies you with 12 unique color variations along with 12 additional built-in backgrounds for a speedy result. Pair it with lovely quotes for typographic posters and so much more.

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Halftone Patterns to Try Today

This next selection of halftone resources includes fantastic patterns available in many high-quality formats. Use these patterns for a variety of projects like printing, illustrations, and websites.

18. Halftone Effect Illustrator (EPS, PNG)

This essential pack of halftone pattern vectors includes ten EPS and halftone PNG files. Make sure to read the initial PDF guide to get a better overview of these textures and how to use them. Enjoy ten grungy texture files with transparent backgrounds.

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19. Halftone Gradients #1 Texture Pack (AI, PNG, PDF)

Halftone pattern vector effects plus gradients can only lead to a creative combo. So make sure to grab up this next texture pack, dedicated to 15 handcrafted textures with halftones and gradients. Explore various styles to see how they fit with your halftone images and graphics.

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20. Retroset Halftone Pack (EPS, PNG)

Let's get retro! Transfer that old-school feel to your projects with this Retroset halftone pack. This pack includes dozens of vector and halftone PNG files with high-resolution patterns and halftone designs.

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21. Seamless Halftone Pattern Illustrator (AI)

This list wouldn't be complete without Seamless Halftone Pattern Illustrator. Inspired by traditional offset printing, this package offers a set of 30 seamless tiled halftone patterns that enables you to create a variety of halftone designs. 

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22. Poster Press Screen-Print Creator

Want that authentic messy feel for your posters? This screen print creator is the perfect toolkit for Adobe Illustrator lovers. It uses a selection of brushes, patterns, and overlays to instantly dirty up any clean composition. Check it out on home and work projects.

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23. Halftone Pattern Illustrator  (EPS)

Need a set of halftone patterns? Then take a look at this next brilliant pack: Halftone Pattern Illustrator. Each of the 12 patterns in this set is supplied in 12 colors to make a total of 144 patterns to choose from. As the patterns are vector, they can be scaled as much as you need, without loss of quality.

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24. 10 Halftone Textures (PNG)

Get 20 awesome vintage halftone line textures in this cool texture pack. Designed with large, high-resolution halftone PNGs, you can use the textures for backgrounds, overlays, illustrations, and more.

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25. Clean Halftone Vectors (EPS, PNG)

Enjoy sharp, clean halftone images with this vector pack. In this suite, 16 halftone effects have been supplied as vector artworks that can be scaled to any size. Since most halftones are bitmap, this vector pack will result in clean, sharp dots.

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Halftone Brushes to Download Today

Love to paint with texture? Don't forget to add a few halftone brushes to your arsenal. These next resources are great for both Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator users.

26. Halftone Brush Illustrator (AI, EPS)

Paint the texture you need directly onto the screen! These stunning halftone Illustrator brushes are essential tools for all artists and designers alike. And with this pack, you'll get 26 halftone brushes you can layer up for tone and shading. Try them out!

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27. Halftone Brush Photoshop  (ABR)

Want to create a halftone pattern in Photoshop? Try any of the 45 brushes inside Halftone Brush Photoshop. They can be used for digital manipulation, visual effects, or photo overlays.

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28. Light Print Texture Halftone Brush Illustrator (AI, EPS)

Add some light texture to your print work with these brushes. Made for Adobe Illustrator, Light Print Texture Halftone Brush Illustrator will simulate the actual texture with little effort. Just download the pack to enjoy light halftone textures with just a few clicks.

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29. 40 Halftone Illustration Brushes for Photoshop

Here's another popular pack of halftone brushes for Photoshop. This stunning collection includes eight halftone art brushes along with 32 line and dot brushes that allow you to create all sorts of gorgeous halftone patterns in Photoshop. Find detailed instructions in the help guide for more information.

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30. Abstract Halftone Brush Photoshop (ABR, AI, PNG)

Abstract Halftone Brush Photoshop offers ten high-quality halftone Photoshop brushes. What's great about this pack is that it also includes editable vector files and transparent PNGs.

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31. Halftone Brush Photoshop (ABR)

How awesome is this collection? It contains 16 halftone brushes which allow you to create amazing effects in no time at all.

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Amazing Halftone Backgrounds

Our final selection includes a look at these phenomenal premium halftone backgrounds. Explore a wide variety of textures and details to complement your style.

32. 40 Vector Background Textures (EPS)

There is an art to purposeful texture. That's why it's always good to have a pack of handy vector backgrounds available. This set includes 40 marvelous background textures with varying degrees of dirt and grime. Enjoy unique distressed styles along with cool halftone textures.

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33. Halftone Vector Textures Kit (EPS, PDF)

Every designer needs a go-to vector textures kit! This one in particular features classic halftone textures for a sweet retro edge. Get 30 background textures, ten circular arrangements, and a PDF visual guide for more reference.

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34. Shine On: Retro Advertisement Kit (PNG, PSD)

Add that vintage charm to your advertisements! Download this retro advertisement kit and get started with professional, one-click photo editing. Inspired by the famous matchbooks of the 40s and 50s, this kit includes dust, halftone, and line textures, along with so much more.

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35. Halftone Dot Pattern Background (EPS, PNG, AI)

Check out this collection of Halftone Dot Pattern Backgrounds. The set contains 20 halftone textured abstract blog shapes that you can use to create great dot pattern effects in the projects of your choice.

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36. Colorscapes Lite Halftone Backgrounds

Feeling creative? Step out of the box with this intriguing set of colorful halftone backgrounds. Each background makes a unique halftone design that we're sure you'll love. Use these designs for fashion, print, or even home projects. The possibilities are endless.

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37. Halftone Pattern Illustrator (EPS, JPG)

Discover 12 stunning backgrounds in this pack of Halftone Pattern Illustrator backgrounds. Each background is fully layered and organized, so you'll be able to edit the style to fit your personal needs.

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38. Halftone Textures (JPG, PNG)

Halftone Textures delivers a stunning collection of high-resolution textures to take your designs to the next level. The textures are perfect for overlays, backgrounds, websites, banners, posters, and so much more.

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Choose Your Favorite Halftone Effect

Now that you've got a better handle on what a halftone effect is and know just where to find the best halftone effects when you need them, head to Envato Elements and download your favorites today.

How to Make a Halftone Effect in Photoshop

Want to learn how to make a halftone effect in Photoshop or Illustrator? Why not check out our tutorial on halftone brushes in Photoshop and Illustrator, or check out our video over on the Envato Tuts+ YouTube channel:

Here are more top resources and tutorials to try from Envato Tuts+:

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