My new Laptop arrived yesterday! Yay! I love it! It is so much faster and so far Windows 7 is a big improvement over Vista! I spent all evening last night installing programs and transferring files to the new laptop. I’m nowhere near done yet but I did sit down this morning and work on that tutorial to create halftones in PSE. There are a bunch of tutorials out there that show how to make them in Photoshop and many involve converting your document into a Bitmap using a halftone screen. While you can convert to Bitmap in PSE, halftone screen is not an option. But there are ways to do it that are so simple you will be making halftones in minutes! I’m using PSE 7 for this tutorial. First I created a new document (3600 x 3600) with a transparent background and chose the gradient tool:
I chose the black to white gradient that is found in the default gradient palette. Then I chose my shape (for this one I used the radial gradient which looks like a circle in the options bar). I drag from the upper left corner to about 1/2 of the way to the middle of the document at an angle to draw the gradient.
Then go to “Filter – Pixelate - Color Halftone”
A window will pop up where you can enter values. The Max. Radius is where you determine how big your “dots” are going to be. I changed the value to 75 pixels. Now change all the values in the Channels to Zero and press OK.
And Viola! Instant halftone!
You are not restricted to black and white though. Play with different gradients and gradient shapes! Here I used the diamond gradient and dragged the gradient out from the middle a few inches using a default orange/yellow gradient.
Again, go to Filter – Pixelate – Color Halftone. Since we want this gradient to be colored, press the default button in the popup menu to repopulate the channels with the default settings and again enter a large value for the Max. Radius. I used 100.
And here’s the result! Pretty cool eh?
You can convert this to greyscale and you have a pretty cool overlay that you can use again and again!