Op art halftone dot creation

Op art halftone dots for Photoshop tutorial

How to create an op art halftone dot design and creation using Photoshop CC 2018 2017 2014 2015 CS6 etc - black and white effects


  1. New document and set color to black and white (foreground and background) for the op art / black and white halftone effect

  2. Photoshop Filter gallery

  3. Halftone filter

  4. Size - set about 4 but depends on the document

  5. Contrast - 0 for a more blurry effect

  6. Pattern type - set to dots

  7. OK

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You now have your basic halftone artwork to work with with the twirl and selections etc


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Use selections : selectionsYou can create all kinds of weird and wonderful art from the design such as using selections from the art- take the generated design and copy and paste multiple times. For example, Photoshop Toolbar and Select the elliptical marquee tool and select a circle (hold shift) area of the dots and then Edit menu and copy and paste. You can, of course, use the selection tools or custom shapes to create more unusual selections for use with the copy and paste as well as combine the design with other effects


The image on the right has used a circular selection to select part of the op art halftone Photoshop pattern but then the selection layer was duplicated and transformed (distorted) and combined multiple times to create a more abstract design


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Combine the design with effects : twirlYou can also use twirl effect for the op art dot design - you don't have to use just a basic halftone effect. Add distortions and oil effects etc


Distort menu / twirl and Set angle to 50 / 75 etc. Ok (So now you have a layer with the twirled effect). Use alt / option key to duplicate the layer. Repeat duplication multiple times to create multiple layers

You can also re-size the layers as well as perhaps apply additional twirls to the layers individually. Flatten


Once all the layers have been flattened, you can now just go to the twirl filter again - Filter menu and Distort and then Twirl. Set the angle to the opposite direction such as 120 degrees (-120) and click Ok


Combine multiple layers : plasterMany different black and white artworks can be created by using different combinations of layers (some small, some overlapping and so on) The artwork probably works best with a large document but the examples only show a 400 x 400 sized so the result is not so extreme The end result can then be manipulated with other effects to create different designs such as weird plaster effects (using the plaster filter in the filter gallery)


Halftone filter : filterAs with many of the plugins in Photoshop, they can be a little neglected compared to the masking and layer features of the application. The plugin comes with a limited number of features but as with all the tools in the application you can find that you can manipulate and combine them and fade them and distort them in a near infinite number of combinations.


There are three options - size & constrast & pattern type (I use the dot option for this effect). The contrast works best perhaps when it is low but you can always apply blurs etc to the design. The size limits depends on the document so if you go for a small document it will go to 12 or so and if you use a larger document it will go up to 40 or 50 etc


The filter does depend on the underlying image so if you don't go for a white background then the result will be modified by the image which is useful as it can be used to create many different similar themed designs. As with all filters, it is sometimes best to use them in combination so not to use it as a one trick one click tool.


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