Friday, October 23, 2009

Quick Halftone Tutorial for PSE

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:
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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.
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Then go to “Filter – Pixelate - Color Halftone”
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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.Screen5
And Viola! Instant halftone!
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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.
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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.
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And here’s the result! Pretty cool eh?
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You can convert this to greyscale and you have a pretty cool overlay that you can use again and again!
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30 comments:

Christelle said...

Thanks for the tutorial!

Lisete said...

Thank you for the great tut Deb, so easy and great results :)

Traci said...

Great tutorial, Deb~I got Win7 last week and I'm with you....so much better than Vista!

Dawn said...

Thank you so much for all of the great tutorials. I just ordered PSE8 and can't wait to try some of your great ideas!

Gail said...

Congrats on your new laptop - I'm so envious! Thank you for the great tutorial - I'm looking forward to trying it!

Beth said...

Cool halftone!! Thanks for teaching me that technique.

Sue said...

What a wonderful tutorial! I'll have to try this. You make it seem so easy!

Vintage Lady said...

Thanks for this great tutorial. I have heard good reviews about Windows 7! Hope you enjoy your new laptop.

Deanna said...

Thanks for the awesome Tut Deb!!

Ephémère, Qc. said...

Thank you very much for this tutorial! Merci beaucoup.

Ann said...

Thanks for the tutorial. And it's so easy too. Now I have to go play.

Digi Free said...

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TerriM said...

Thanks for sharing this tut and for putting in PDF so we can download and print, if needed. This is great - hugs!! (terri - hawaii)

ninigoesdigi said...

Thank you very much for sharing your time and skills !!

BlueCat said...

Thank you for the tutorial. I will try it as soon as possible.

Nani said...

Thanks for the tutorial! It's a cool effect and I use PSE7 on my laptop, couldn't afford full Photoshop on both of my computers and the verision I have is Mac. My Laptop is PC,

I have a curiosity though. How is Windows 7 better than Vista? Personally, I love Vista, I think it's a big improvement over the Windows systems before it, plus the latest Windows Server editions are really moving offices towards Vista, although it still works with the older Windows OSs too, but if traditional Windows users dislike Vista that much, I'm curious why. (I'm a computer networking student and right now, we're studying the current Windows Server.) :)

witchypoo said...

I can't believe how quickly you have put this tut together for us !! Thank you so much, I am truly grateful. I can't wait to try it out, I read some of the tuts on YouTube but I got lost, your seems so much easier, thank you thank you thank you (for all that you give us as well !!)

Van said...

Great tutorial - thank you so much for taking the time and sharing!

CreativeBusyHands-Scrapbook Freebies Search said...

Thank you so much for this Freebie. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies, under the Page 3 post on Oct. 24, 2009. Thanks again.

RebeccaB said...

thankyou so much for this tutorial, it is the easiest one to follow so far.....you are wonderful....

Yanti said...

Thanks for the great tutorial.

Magnolia said...

Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge.

Meg said...

can't wait to try these out on some background papers! thanks!

Barbara said...

Wow! That was fun! I am amazed at how much there is in this little $100 program. Always something new to learn.

txgwen said...

I always wondered how people got that awesome halftone result. Many thanks for the tutorial to show us how to do it. I can't wait to try it out!

Rae Ann said...

Awesome tutorial! I will definitely be a regular visitor to your site!

Piccolina Designs said...

Wow, you have been one busy lady lately with all the items you have been creating and writing a tutorial as well. Thank you.

Tammy aka bunchie said...

tyvm for the great tutorial! I think you are a good writer of them and just haven't realized it yet. You made it sound so simple I can't wait to play with it and make some new overlays! I got CS4 recently and really appreciate seeing how to put in styles, etc too! Have a blessed day!

Magnolia said...

Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge.

Angela Noelle of SK said...

Excellent. Thank you.