In this tutorial, author Fabio Sasso will show you how to create a vintage design playing with a filter. Colored halftones (Color Halftone).
Halftones are a set of dots, which, depending on the distance, merge into shades between the color of the dots themselves and the background. They were first used for printing in the 19th century to allow newspapers to show shades of gray and since then they have become quite popular. Today, halftones are often used to create screen-printing designs, t-shirts, stickers, and posters to get the most out of it using little ink — but the dots are often so small that their presence is not at all obvious.
In the past, larger points were used, making them more obvious to the reader, so the use of “digital” halftones can give a retro feel that returns to the newspapers and comics of your childhood. Applying halftones to the entire image may not look very attractive, so in this lesson Fabio will demonstrate that if you use a small amount of halftones in a 50’s style photo, you can achieve very stylish results.
To complete the lesson, the author used:
- model (Advance (picture paide)).
- 2 old paper textures (shutterstock.com (paid image))
- font Helvetica, Times
Open Photoshop and create new document format A4 with permission 300 dpi. After that, import a photo of a modern pin-up, for a lesson I took a photo from Depositphotos (image is paid).
After that with Magic wand (Magic Wand tool) highlight the white background and then using the tool Refine edge (Refine tool), accurately copy the image of the girl. We will not need to remove the background, as we will do it later, but it will be needed to create masks that will be useful to us. Duplicate this layer by changing their names to “Girl 1” and “Girl 2” under it (hm, creative names), since we need a few extra copies to apply effects to the model’s photo.
Select layer “Girl 1” go to menu Filter> Appearance> Colored halftone (Filter> Pixelate> Color Halftone). Install Max. radius (Max Radius) on 12, and 100 for Corners (Angle). Please note that the colored halftone filter works great with large images, but if you work with a small photo, I advise you to try to go to the menu Image> Mode> Bit format (Image> Mode> Bitmap) with halftones and Around in settings. You will get almost the same effect.
To make the effect unique, let’s do something unusual with it. First, discolor the picture. To do this, go to the menu Image> Correction> Hue / saturation (Image> Adjustment> Hue and Saturation) and decrease the value Saturation (Saturation) to -100. After that, go to menu Image> Correction> Levels (Image> Adjustments> Levels). Drag black slider to value 99, and white – on 205.
Create a new layer, change its name to “Brown”, fill it with a dark, brownish gray (#fivea5855). Place this layer under “Girl 1”. Select the white area of the “Girl 1” layer and delete it. You will only have black dots. After that go to menu Image> Correction> Inversion (Image> Adjustments> Invert). Now only white points remain in your drawing.
Group the layer “Girl 1” (Ctrl + G) to create a folder with one layer inside and change the folder’s overlay mode to Lightening basics (Color Dodge). Now you have a single-layer folder. Select the “Girl 1” layer, then go to Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur). Set the radius to 2.5 pixels. Due to the clarification of the base, a light effect will be obtained.
Select the “Brown” layer and the folder with the “Girl 1” layer, then go to the menu Layers> Merge Layers (Layer> Merge Layers). Now you will have just one layer. Go to menu Image> Correction> Levels (Image> Adjustments> Levels). Move black slider to value 140, white – on 215.
Why did we do all this? With Blur and Brightening the basics, we mixed the closest points. Then, using the levels, we made them clear again. This created a more organic effect, slightly similar to molecules.
Go to menu Image> Correction> Inversion (Image> Adjustments> Invert). After that select Magic wand (Magic Wand) and select the white area. To select all white go to the menu Highlight> Similar shades (Select> Similar) and delete the white area. Duplicate this layer, then go back to Image> Correction> Inversion (Image> Adjustments> Invert). You will get two layers, one with black dots, the other with white. Name these layers “Black dots” and “White dots”.
To apply halftone on certain parts of the image, we will use masks. Arrange the layers as indicated. For the Black dots and White dots layers, select the image zone with the model using the Girl 2 layer for the warp (as indicated in the first step), then go to the menu Layers> Mask Layer> Hide Selected Area (Layer> Layer Mask> Hide Selection). Now, every time you want to make part of a layer visible, simply erase part of the mask.
I recommend making a pixel selection of points before painting the masks. To do this, right-click on the thumbnail of the girl layer in semitones and select Highlight pixels (Select Pixels).
To begin with, make some white dots visible, then do the same with black, each time painting over certain areas of the mask. After that, with the selected pixels, hide some areas of the photo of the girl, again using masks.
To complement the retro effect, we will use paper texture. Used in this lesson paid texture taken at shutterstock.com. Import the texture, place it under the layers and name it “Texture 1”. Select this layer, then create a selection of the girl. It does not have to be perfect. Go to menu Layers> Mask Layer> Show Selected Area (Layer> Layer Mask> Hide Selection) and make the selected area visible. Select a mask for this layer and go to the menu. Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur). Set the radius to 50 pixels.
With the “Texture 1” layer selected, go back to the menu Filter> Color Halftones (Filter> Color Halftone). Install Max. radius (Max Radius) on 12 pixels, Angle (Angle) on 100 for all channels. Then go to menu Image> Correction> Discolor (Image> Adjustments> Desaturate) and Image> Correction> Levels (Image> Adjustments> Levels). Increase the black slider and decrease the white to get rid of mid-tones.
Import another texture. Used in the lesson you can find here. Place this texture over all other layers. Change Blend mode (Blend Mode) on Multiplication (Multiply) with Opacity (Opacity) thirty%. After that go to menu Image> Correction> Hue / saturation (Image> Adjustment> Hue and Saturation). Decrease Saturation (Saturation) to -70, go to Image> Correction> Levels (Image> Adjustments> Levels). Drag black slider to value 120, white – on 212, gray – on 1.18.
Now just add some text. To create a stylish composition, I wrote the upper half of the word Halftone in bold Helvetica, and the lower part – Times, and then applied Color Halftone to the bottom.