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

Photoshop has a built in halftone filter (Filter>Other>Color halftone) that can create this effect.

halftone effect in photoshop


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

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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