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Add an awesome looking halftone dots effect to a photo using Photoshop

We will create two selection in a photo and add cool looking color  half tone effect to them using our trusty Adobe Photoshop.

 
  Author: NikMan | Version: | 30th March 2014 |  
 
 
1.
 

Open a photo with an object you want to expose in a great looking halftone way.

 
 
2.
 

Choose the  Quick Selection Tool (W for a keyboard shortcut).

 
 
3.
 

Select the object you want to expose.

 
 
4.
 

In the menu click Select, Modify and choose Feather...

In the Feather Selection window set Feather Radius to 25 pixels and click OK.

 
 
5.
 

Press Ctrl (Command in MacOS) and J at the same time to copy your selection into a new layer.

 

 
 
6.
 

Now choose the original layer (see picture).

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7.
 

In the menu click Image, Adjustments and choose Black and White...

Play with the sliders a bit and when you like what you see, click OK.

 
 
8.
 

This is how it looks like at this point.

 
 
9.
 

In the menu click Filter, Pixelate and choose Color Halftone...

In the new Color Halftone window choose the same or similar settings as I did and click OK.

 
 
10.
 

Look from up close.

 
 
11.
 

Choose the duplicated layer

Using F7 key will make the layer palette visible or invisible.

 
 
12.
 

Press Ctrl (Command in MacOS) and F at the same time to use the last used filter on the current layer.

Color Halftone in our case.

 
 
13.
 

In the menu click Edit and choose Fade...

In the Fade window, set Opacity to 50% and click OK.

Using Fade you reduced the last applied filter/effect by a half (50%).

 
 
14.
 

Now choose the original layer.

 
 
15.
 

Press Ctrl (Command in MacOS) and L at the same time, to open Levels window.

Move all three slider to the right (see picture) and click OK.

 
 
16.
 

In the menu click Filter, Blur and choose Gaussian Blur...

In the Gaussian Blur settings window, set Radius to 1 Pixels and click OK.

 
 
17.
 

And you are done!

 
 
18.
 

Closeup.

 
 
 
   
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