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:
- Through the use of non-destructing filter effects on layers, using the buttons located at the bottom of the layers palette.
- 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; Creativemarket.com and Truegrittexturesupply.com
- 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.
- Applying your halftone dot patterns with the image using a brush.
- Another way is through the use of the filter gallery under the dropdown menu ‘filter’.
- Other types of variations can be achieved by double-clicking a layer and tweaking the ‘layer styles’.
- 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.