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I'd like to use this sort of a half tone effect on shadows shown in this image. How is this achieved?

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    This looks like a pattern brush – Luke Oct 9 '17 at 5:29
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    Creating a halftone pattern from e.g. some grey noise should be possible in most reasonably sophisticated image editors. In fact, searching this site should return some useful hints. – Michael Schumacher Oct 9 '17 at 13:02
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Photoshop has a built in halftone filter (Filter>Other>Color halftone) that can create this effect.

halftone effect in photoshop

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In Photoshop...

Duplicate your layer via copy.

Convert the new file (the copy) to grayscale, than to bitmap. Leave the resolution untouched.

Aplly a halftone as your desire.

Convert it back to grayscale, than to RGB.

Drag that layer back to the original illustration.

See the image bellow.

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  • Note that this method works with any software that can convert to bitmap (imagemagick, GIMP etc) as it does not rely on filters – Yorik Oct 10 '17 at 19:24
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It looks like it was created with a brush preset or pattern brush.

I would download any preset you find that you like and then just play around with the opacity settings.

It is comprised of several layers at <50% opacity.

This is just a quick example of how to achieve it.

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If you want to do this is Illustrator you can find a lot of pre-made vector patterns or brushes. Then you again would just play around with the opacity to achieve the desired effect.

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