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How to Make Halftone Gradient in Photoshop

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In this short Photoshop tutorial I will show you how to make a halftone gradient in just one minute. Halftone gradients are very useful especially for creating custom comic books or cartoon comic book effects. You will learn not only to create a halftone gradient, but also how to angle the halftone pattern and how to create a color halftone gradient pattern.

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To make comic book effects you can either create your own halftone texture/dots texture or, you can download one of these pre-made halftone textures from PhotoshopSupply.

Here is a quick way to produce a neat halftone effect in Photoshop that can be used to give your compositions a little more complexity. We will create a halftone gradient texture like this:

Halftone Gradient Photoshop

Step One – Setup the Document

Start off by creating a new document with the dimensions of halftone texture that you need.

Photoshop Halftone Document Settings

Step Two – Black to White Gradient

Create a new layer and fill it with any color. Then double click on the layer and check Gradient Overlay choosing a black to white gradient. At this point you can change the angle for the gradient to the angle you need for the halftone gradient texture.

Photoshop Halftone Black to White Gradient Angle

Step Three – Apply the Halftone Filter

Select the entire gradient layer and goto Filter > Pixelate > Color Halftone… and fill it in with the settings below.

Color Halftone Gradient Settings Photoshop

Step Four – Apply a Pleasing Gradient

Add an Gradient Map adjustment layer and set a red to yellow gradient (#ff0000 to #ffea00). You should get a cool looking halftone gradient texture like this:

Halftone Gradient

And there you have it – a quick and easy halftone effect that you can use to make neat backgrounds!

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