Half-Tone Anyone?

I like playing around with the Color-Halftone feature in Photoshop to create mock comic book frames with a 50s feel to them. Here are two illustrations I’m quite happy with using this fun technique.

Albatros, Digital - © R. Koleilat, 2007

Bathing Beauty, Digital - © R. Koleilat, 2007

To give you an idea of how I get to my final results, here’s a quick demonstration.

To alter your picture, first select Pixelate/Color Halftone from the Filters menu.

Using an illustration (1) I made for a corporate client a while ago (extra points if you can guess what the theme of the conference was), this is what it would look like in Normal mode with 100% Opacity (2), with the minimum number of pixels available (4 pixels).

By selecting Fade Color Halftone from the Edit menu, you can tweak it by choosing Screen Mode with 55% Opacity (3), or Overlay Mode with 35% Opacity (4) or any other Mode you like.

I have so much fun with this – the resulting images remind me of the old comic books I used to memorize at my even older cousins’ creaky apartment.


Bobbie said...

The filters in photoshop continue to amaze me. I've noticed this filter before, but after the first try I did not go back to it. But now, I see a whole new world in your examples. Cool!

Now as to the theme of the conference. Clean water? Or air? Or vacationing? Really I can only stab at it as I have no earthly idea!

Rima said...

My feelings exactly Bobbie! There is so much in this program (and my version is ancient!!) - it's a lot of fun to explore one feature at a time.

As for the theme, you have to think litterally...

Neda said...

I like the blues here.. Can't read the words (but that's my failing eyes, I guess). Thanks for the mini-lesson.

Rima said...

Neda, except for Bathing Beauty (not cooperating for some reason), you can click on each pic to enlarge it.

Debi said...

Oo oo oo. Can't wait to try this technique. Thank you for outlining it so clearly for us. I dig it when you post How To's.

dianeclancy said...

Hi Rima,

Great idea. I have never used these filters before. I will have to bookmark this in one of the ways and come back!!

~ Diane Clancy

Kris Cahill said...

Hi Rima,
I love 'Bathing Beauty', lovely! Thank you for the how-to's. I'll try it, though a Photoshop innocent I am.

Ummmm... was it a conference either on mountains, vacationing, or viagra?