Halftone Retro Effect in Photoshop

Let's go retro today! This tutorial will teach you how to get the halftone retro effect, a funky effect with bright coloring image. It's a very simple photoshop effect and we're just taking advantage of the various filters in Photoshop and playing with the blending modes to get the comic book look with that dotted halftone on your image. Let's start working on your not so funky picture hidden somewhere on the hard drive and turn it into a masterpiece that'll look great on your facebook profile (I hope). A sample of this photo effect is shown below:

1. Open your image. If the coloring is not too attractive, might want to take a look at our image coloring tutorial section. FYI, I use this photo coloring tutorial. Adjust the photo color if you want. Don't forget to flatten the image (CTRL+SHIFT+E) after you did the coloring.

2. Duplicate your image three times. Here's what your layer palette should look like. I've renamed the layers to Image 1, Image 2 and Image 3..so it'll be easier to identify them in this tutorial.

3. Now turn off the very top layer (Image 3) by clicking the eye icon beside it in the layer palette. Select the Image 2 layer in the layer palette. Set the blending mode to Overlay.

4. Turn the Image 3 layer back on. Go to Filter > Sketch > Halftone Pattern. Adjust the setting on the right until you get something like this:

Here's my setting:

5. Set the blending mode of Image 3 layer to Color Burn. Duplicate this layer and you get the result of this tutorial.

.. a lovely halftone retro photo effect with vibrant coloring.


Fátima said...

Parabéns. O tutorial é simples e bonito, mas não muito explicado.
Somente pessoas com conhecimento sobre o Photoshop pode fazê-lo.


vandana said...

Awe this is brilliant ! It gave my pic a new peppy look ! loved it ...amazing.Thanks for sharing with us.

Anonymous said...

Thank you..I'm glad you like it =)

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Pixels Design said...

Nice and simple instructions to follow. Thanks