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Op art and black and white halftone dot design for Photoshop tutorial

halftone op art and black and white dot photoshop tutorial

How to create an op art halftone dot design and creation using Photoshop CC CS6 etc filters. The op art artwork can be created using the powerful halftone filter in Photoshop, a filter perfect for creating black and white halftone op art. Set the foreground and background color in the toolbar to black and white or any other color combination. Use the size and contrast setting and the pattern type of dots to create the basic op art halftone dots pattern in Photoshop. Selections can be used to create a layer from the halftone dots (such as circular selection) via the marquee tool. The op art halftone pattern layer can then be modified by the twirl filter. You can paste multiple op art layers and twirl them in different ways in Photoshop. You can shift and position the op art halftone twirled layers in many ways to create a truly extreme op art halftone pattern in black and white in Photoshop. You can then flatten the halftone layers. The background layer can now be modified by tools such as plaster effects in the filter gallery. This tutorial shows how to create the op art black and white design using the halftone dot filter and use layers in combination to create all kinds of extreme op art effects in Photoshop. In this tutorial I am describing only one type of op art design, clearly there are 1000s but this is an op art design created using the halftone filter in Photoshop.

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  1. New document and set color to black and white (foreground and background)

  2. 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

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

Selections for the halftone dots - take the generated halftone dot design and copy and paste multiple times

  1. Photoshop Toolbar

  2. select the elliptical marquee tool

  3. select a circle (hold shift) area of the halftone dots

  4. edit menu and copy

  5. paste

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

  1. Distort menu / twirl

  2. set angle to 50 / 75 etc

  3. Ok (So now you have a layer with a twirl halftone dot op art effect)

  4. Use alt / option key to duplicate the layer

  5. repeat duplication multiple times to create multiple layers

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

  7. Flatten

Twirl the twirled op art black and white dot design

Once all the layers have been flattened, you can now just go to the twirl filter again

  1. filter menu

  2. distort

  3. twirl

  4. set the angle to the opposite direction such as 120 degrees (-120

  5. ok

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

Sources and references

Op art on wikipedia

Youtube video tutorial

A video tutorial on the creation of halftone dot / black and white op art in Photoshop (youtube)