Circle background using halftone filter in Photoshop, how to create tutorial

halftone filter intense circle background in Photoshop tutorial

Learn how to create a circle themed backgound using the Photoshop halftone filter in the filter gallery. The halftone filter has a number of settings and one of them in the circle pattern type. The halftone filter can be used to create many different types of intense circle designs. The circle designs created using the halftone filter in Photoshop can be used with selections and layers and then duplicated to create all kinds of amazing circular / circle backgrounds with intense and subtle designs in Photoshop. You can apply the halftone filter to the entire image in Photoshop but you can also apply it to a selection such as circular selection. You can also add many variants such as using other filters with the Photoshop halftone filter circle. You can also warp and distort the circles. This tutorial shows you how to create a selection and use the halftone filter in that and duplicate multiple circular halftones throughout a document. The tutorial also shows how to transform the halftone filter results and also create many variant amazing circular backgrounds in Photoshop.

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  1. Select the elliptical marquee tool in Photoshop

  2. Apply and hold the shift key down

  3. Release (you can make the selection as small or as big as required)

  4. Set the foreground and background color such as black and green

  5. Filter menu and filter gallery

  6. Sketch section and halftone filter

  7. Select pattern type of circles and set the size and contrast (I am going for 4 and 37 respectively)

  8. OK

  9. Copy and de-select and then paste a new layer with the halftone filter

Halftone filter and layers - you can use the generated layer 100s of times to create an intense background / layer

circle halftone filter background photoshopYou now have the result of the halftone filter as a layer and that can be duplicated

  1. Select layer

  2. Alt / option and duplicate the layer multiple times and shift these 'halftone filter' layers across the document

  3. Select one layer and then edit and transform and scale

  4. Re-size to two thirds of the original

  5. Alt / option and duplicate multiple times

  6. Repeat and re-size that re-sized layer of the halftone filter effect

  7. Alt / option and duplicate multiple times

Variants of the halftone layers and adding shadows and distortions to the halftone circular / ring effect in Photoshop

halftone distorted imagery photoshopYou can add layer effects to the layers such as drop shadows to add some depth to the halftone circle layers or perhaps re-color them using the adjustments via image menu or perhaps add effects to them or perhaps warp them using the edit menu and transform command.


Or flatten all the layers and then use the selection / elliptical marquee tool again to select a different area and then use filters such as filter menu and distort and spherize to warp and distort the halftone filter circles background

Other resources

1. Rings custom shapes for Photoshop and elements

2. Rings fonts / eps vector artwork for Photoshop, psp, Affinity Photo etc

References and sources

1. Halftone circular effect on


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