How can I achieve this type of very clean halftone effect ?

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  • Hi Clemence. Welcome to GDSE. Can you tell us what software you are using, and what you have tried, or what has failed. Thanks.
    – Billy Kerr
    Sep 28, 2018 at 13:46
  • Hi. I'm using photoshop. I've tried with the bitmap technique, but its not very smooth
    – Clemence
    Sep 28, 2018 at 13:53
  • i have trouble to achieve a result with very clean dots
    – Clemence
    Sep 28, 2018 at 13:57
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    Notice that the half-tone dots are square rather than round and the screen angle is 90° to make them more pronounced.
    – Stan
    Sep 28, 2018 at 14:02
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    Are you sure that image was created with Photoshop and not illustrator? Crisper shapes are usually vector.
    – Luciano
    Sep 28, 2018 at 14:10

2 Answers 2


Click Image > Mode > Grayscale (if the image is not already grayscale).

Click Filter > Pixelate > Color Halftone

Set the dot size you want, and set the Channel 1 value to 0. Ignore the others as they won't be used anyway.

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After you have finished, you can convert the document back to RGB mode if you need to add colour elements.

Only problem with this is that it seems to create a white square grid pattern over the face. I've no idea what's causing that, so this PS filter might not be the best.

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    thanks a lot ! i've got much better result with your advice
    – Clemence
    Sep 28, 2018 at 14:38

The Grayscale image has at first got levels or curves adjustment which makes the background full white and the darkest point black. Then a gaussian blur is applied to fade all sharp edges which would make the halftoning to look out crispy.

The halftoning of the grayscale image is made with Image > Mode > Bitmap > Halftone Screen > Round. Have a high output resolution to get solid looking dots.

The image is converted back to RGB (at first to grayscale from bitmap) and colorized slightly. Several coloring methods are available:

1) with Image > Adjustments > Hue&Saturation > colorize

2) by adding a colored layer with blending mode multiply.

3) with layer style "Color overlay"

Method 2 is used here

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Your image is colorized with nearly or even exactly grey. It can be done also with adjusting levels.

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