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Upon investigating the various ways of implementing halftone dots and distress effects within Photoshop, there are a few good ways I’ve learned that work. Of course, you should be pretty well versed in the tools, effects, and brushes that can be added. To have a fair handle on Photoshop would be advised for this article. Or at least the desire to learn some of the tricks on a route to being a better user. You can be aware of these items for adding dots and distresses:

  1. Through the use of non-destructing filter effects on layers, using the buttons located at the bottom of the layers palette.
  2. Making use and purchasing from websites for creatives that provide pre-created halftone dot patterns and distresses (downloaded online).
    Some good examples would be on; and
  3. By changing your mode settings from RGB to Greyscale, then to bitmap, and tweaking the halftone settings to suit the size, angle, and look you’re after.
  4. Applying your halftone dot patterns with the image using a brush.
  5. Another way is through the use of the filter gallery under the dropdown menu ‘filter’.
  6. Other types of variations can be achieved by double-clicking a layer and tweaking the ‘layer styles’.
  7. One easy and very effective way to do a non-destructive change to your layer is to add a layer mask and you can add or subtract areas by using black, white and greyscale areas to hide and reveal parts of the image.

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