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How to Make a Halftone Pattern Photoshop Action

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What You'll Be Creating

In this tutorial, you will learn how to create three halftone pattern Photoshop actions to add different halftone Photoshop effects to your photos. I will explain everything in so much detail that everyone can create it, even those who have just opened Photoshop for the first time.

What You'll Need

To recreate the design above, you will need the following resources:

1. How to Start Creating an Action

Step 1

First, open the photo that you want to work with. To open your photo, go to File > Open, choose your photo, and click Open. Now, before we get started, just check a couple of things:

  1. Your photo should be in RGB Color mode, 8 Bits/Channel. To check this, go to Image > Mode.
  2. For best results, your photo size should be 2000–4000 px wide/high. To check this, go to Image > Image Size.
  3. Your photo should be the Background layer. If it is not, go to Layer > New > Background from Layer.
Checking image size and mode

Step 2

Now go to Window > Actions, and in the Actions panel click on the menu icon in the top right-hand corner, choose New Set to create a new set, and name it Halftone Pattern.

Creating new action set

2. How to Create the Dot Halftone Pattern Photoshop Action

Step 1

In this section, we are going to create the Dot halftone pattern Photoshop action. Go to Window > Actions, and in the Actions panel click on the menu icon in the top right-hand corner, choose New Action to create a new action, and name it Dot as shown below:

Creating new action

Step 2

Press Control-J on your keyboard to duplicate the Background layer.

Duplicating layer

Step 3

Now go to Image > Adjustments > Shadow/Highlights, and set the Shadows to 20% and the Highlights to 5%.

Adjusting shadows and highlights

Step 4

Go to Filter > Filter Gallery > Sketch > Halftone Pattern and set the Size to 7, Contrast to 50, and Pattern Type to Dot.

Adding halftone attern filter

Step 5

Now name this layer Halftone Effect.

Naming layer

Step 6

Go to Layer > New Fill Layer > Solid Color to create a new solid color fill layer, name it Color Look, and choose the color #6f156c:

Creating new solid color fill layer

Step 7

Now change the Blending Mode of this layer to Lighter Color.

Changing blending mode

Step 8

Now press Control-Alt-Shift-E on your keyboard to make a screenshot, and then press Control-Shift-U to desaturate this layer. Then, go to Filter > Other > High Pass and set the Radius to 2 px.

Adding high pass filter

Step 9

Change the Blending Mode of this layer to Hard Light. Then, name this layer Overall Sharpening.

Changing blending mode

Step 10

Now go to Window > Actions, and in the Actions panel click on the rectangle icon in the bottom left-hand corner to Stop recording the action. Here is the final result for the Dot halftone pattern Photoshop action:

Final result

3. How to Create the Line 1 Halftone Pattern Photoshop Action

Step 1

In this section, we are going to create the Line 1 halftone pattern Photoshop action. Go to Window > Actions, and in the Actions panel click on the menu icon in the top right-hand corner, choose New Action to create a new action, and name it Line 1 as shown below:

Creating new action

Step 2

Press Control-J on your keyboard to duplicate the Background layer.

Duplicating layer

Step 3

Now go to Image > Adjustments > Shadow/Highlights, and set the Shadows to 20% and the Highlights to 5%.

Adjusting shadows and highlights

Step 4

Press Control-T on your keyboard to transform this layer and set the Angle to -45° as shown below:

Transforming layer

Step 5

Now go to Filter > Filter Gallery > Sketch > Halftone Pattern and set the Size to 5, Contrast to 50, and Pattern Type to Line.

Adding halftone pattern filter

Step 6

Press Control-T on your keyboard to transform this layer again and set the Angle to 45°.

Transforming layer

Step 7

Name this layer Halftone Effect.

Naming layer

Step 8

Now press Control-Alt-Shift-E on your keyboard to make a screenshot. Then, go to Filter > Other > High Pass and set the Radius to 2 px.

Adding high pass filter

Step 9

Change the Blending Mode of this layer to Hard Light. Then, name this layer Overall Sharpening.

Changing blending mode

Step 10

Now go to Window > Actions, and in the Actions panel click on the rectangle icon in the bottom left-hand corner to Stop recording the action. Here is the final result for the Line 1 halftone pattern Photoshop action:

Final result

4. How to Create the Line 2 Halftone Pattern Photoshop Action

Step 1

In this section, we are going to create the Line 2 halftone pattern Photoshop action. Go to Window > Actions, and in the Actions panel click on the menu icon in the top right-hand corner, choose New Action to create a new action, and name it Line 2 as shown below:

Creating new action

Step 2

Press Control-J on your keyboard to duplicate the Background layer.

Duplicating layer

Step 3

Now go to Image > Adjustments > Shadow/Highlights, and set the Shadows to 20% and the Highlights to 5%.

Adjusting shadows and highlights

Step 4

Go to Filter > Filter Gallery > Sketch > Stamp and set the Light/Dark Balance to 25 and Smoothness to 10.

Adding stamp filter

Step 5

Now name this layer Halftone Overlay.

Naming layer

Step 6

Go to Layer > New > Layer to create a new layer and name it Halftone Pattern.

Creating new layer

Step 7

Now go to Edit > Fill, and set Contents to 50% Gray, Blending to Normal, and Opacity to 100% as shown below:

Filling layer

Step 8

Press Control-T on your keyboard to transform this layer, and set the Width and Height of the layer to 200% and the Angle to 45°.

Transforming layer

Step 9

Now go to Filter > Filter Gallery > Sketch > Halftone Pattern and set the Size to 5, Contrast to 50, and Pattern Type to Line.

Adding halftone pattern filter

Step 10

Press Control-T on your keyboard to transform this layer again and set the Angle to 45°.

Transforming layer

Step 11

Go to Select > Color Range and set Select to Shadows, Fuzziness to 20%, and Range to 65.

Making selection using color range

Step 12

Now go to Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal Selection to add a layer mask that reveals the selected area of the layer.

Adding layer mask

Step 13

Drag this layer just below the Halftone Overlay layer in the Layers panel. Then, select the Halftone Overlay layer, and press Control-Alt-G on your keyboard to create a clipping mask.

Creating clipping mask

Step 14

Select the Background layer, go to Layer > New Fill Layer > Solid Color to create a new solid color fill layer, name it Background Color, and choose the color #ffffff.

Creating new solid color fill layer

Step 15

Now press Control-Alt-Shift-E on your keyboard to make a screenshot. Then, go to Filter > Other > High Pass and set the Radius to 2 px.

Adding high pass filter

Step 16

Change the Blending Mode of this layer to Hard Light. Then, name this layer Overall Sharpening.

Changing blending mode

Step 17

Now go to Window > Actions, and in the Actions panel click on the rectangle icon in the bottom left-hand corner to stop recording the action. Here is the final result for the Line 2 halftone pattern Photoshop action:

Final result

You Made It!

Congratulations, you have succeeded! You have now learned how to create a halftone pattern Photoshop actions to add amazing halftone Photoshop effects to your photos by using some Photoshop filters and various halftone patterns and halftone textures. Here are our final results:

Final result

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