Does anyone know if is there an effect to make something like the following images with photoshop? I thought it was halftone lines but this lines aren't straight.

  • Hi. Welcome to GDSE. These aren't the same effect. The top one can be made. using the halftone pattern filter in Photoshop. The other is an amalgamation of a cut-out piece over a background and not a single "effect".
    – Billy Kerr
    Commented Sep 13, 2020 at 9:45
  • This old case graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/questions/99785/… contains also your halftoning problem with curved lines. There are also many more old cases of the same problem. Package "Filter Forge" contains a fake engraving filter for this. With Photoshop alone you must build a little for curved lines. The second image is a composition as already said by Mr. Kerr. It can be drawn easiest in a vector program like Illustrator. There you can have strokes with non-uniform widths. There are also ready to use brushes for this.
    – user82991
    Commented Sep 13, 2020 at 10:28
  • To me the first image just looks like ordinary halftone lines which has been distorted somehow. You could use Filter > Distort > Displace to give the lines that wobbly feeling. That would also distort the image itself, but this could be counteracted by also applying the inverse displacement before adding the halftone lines. Some manual inconsistencies could be added at the end.
    – Wolff
    Commented Sep 13, 2020 at 14:41
  • Thanks for your advices guys! Commented Sep 13, 2020 at 17:12
  • @Scott, I don't agree that this is a duplicate. The duplicate is about creating a classical engraving effect with lines following the shapes. This seems more like standard halftone lines with a worn wobbliness to them. I was just writing an answer. 😁
    – Wolff
    Commented Sep 13, 2020 at 21:09

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The two examples you've posted show two very different things. The first one is clearly an effect applied to an image. The second one is a manually constructed vector drawing. There is no real trick to that, it's just to draw the shapes (if you can imagine them).

Here is some inspiration for making something similar to the first example.

Distorted halftone lines using Displace filter

I will use this image by Piotr Siedlecki (CC0 Public Domain).

Original image

I will create halftone lines by converting to Bitmap mode which has no anti-aliasing so I start by scaling the image up 400%, so I can later scale it down to 25% to get an anti-aliased result.

Then I create a displacement map at the same size of the upscaled image and save it as a separate file. It could look like this (here I used Filter > Render > Difference Clouds and manipulated them a little):

Displacement map

I apply the displacement map to the image by using Filter > Distort > Displace with the following settings:

Displace settings

Now the image has been distorted a little bit:

Distorted image

I then use Image > Mode > Bitmap with the following settings to create the halftone lines:

Bitmap settings Halftone Screen settings

These settings will have to be adjusted to fit the resolution of your image and the number of lines you want.

The result is a distorted image with straight halftone lines:

Halftone lines applied

Now I use Image > Mode > Grayscale to enable the use of filters. I apply the displacement map once more, but this time with negative values in Horizontal Scale and Vertical Scale:

Final result

The image itself is no longer distorted, only the halftone lines:

You can paint in some manual defects if you like and the image can be scaled down to its original size.

  • Initially I was wondering why you were using displacement at all, but the -20, -20 displacement is a nice touch, Wolff. Commented Sep 27, 2020 at 19:07
  • I think that second example made by hand. Thanks for your answer! 🙂 Commented Sep 28, 2020 at 15:07

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