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Apply halftone effects

The effects in the Halftone category apply artistic halftone screen patterns to your selected layer.

Apply a Circular Screen effect

The Circular Screen effect adds a circular black and white halftone pattern over your selected layer.

  1. Do one of the following:

    • Choose Format > Effects > Halftone > Circular Screen (from the Format menu at the top of your screen).
    • Click in the Tools sidebar and in the Add menu, choose Halftone > Circular Screen.
  2. Customize the effect:


    • Move the Width slider to adjust the distance between each circle in the pattern. You can also enter a value from 2.0 px to 50.0 px.
    • Move the Sharpness slider to adjust the sharpness of the circles. You can also enter a value from 0% to 100%.
    • Move the handles of the effect rope to adjust the position of the screen. If the effect rope isn’t visible, click the Edit button in the Tool Options pane.

Show Original: Click the Show Original button or press the O key on your keyboard to see what the image looks like without any effects.

To reset your changes, click the Circular Screen pop-up menu in the Tool Options pane and choose Reset. To remove the effect, choose Remove Effect.

Apply a CMYK Halftone effect

The CMYK Halftone effect recreates the selected layer using red, yellow, magenta, and black on a white background, making it look as if the image was printed using the halftone printing technique.

  1. Do one of the following:
    • Choose Format > Effects > Halftone > CMYK Halftone (from the Format menu at the top of your screen).
    • Click in the Tools sidebar and in the Add menu, choose Halftone > CMYK Halftone.
  2. Customize the effect:

    • Move the Width slider to adjust the size of each dot in the pattern. You can also enter a value from 2.0 px to 100.0 px.
    • Move the Angle wheel to adjust the angle of the pattern. You can also enter a value from 0.0º to 359.9º.
    • Move the Sharpness slider to adjust the sharpness of the dots. You can also enter a value from 0% to 100%.
    • Move the Gray Component Replacement slider to adjust how grays are created — either with a mix of cyan, magenta, and yellow or two of the primary colors and black.
    • Move the Under Color Removal slider to adjust how much of any near-black areas are replaced with pure black ink.
    • Move the handles of the effect rope to adjust the position of the screen. If the effect rope isn’t visible, click the Edit button in the Tool Options pane.

Show Original: Click the Show Original button or press the O key on your keyboard to see what the image looks like without any effects.

To reset your changes, click the CMYK Halftone pop-up menu in the Tool Options pane and choose Reset. To remove the effect, choose Remove Effect.

Apply a Dot Screen effect

The Dot Screen effect recreates your selected layer using the black and white dots of a halftone screen.

  1. Do one of the following:
    • Choose Format > Effects > Halftone > Dot Screen (from the Format menu at the top of your screen).
    • Click in the Tools sidebar and in the Add menu, choose Halftone > Dot Screen.
  2. Customize the effect:
    • Move the Angle wheel to adjust the angle of the pattern. You can also enter a value from 0.0º to 359.9º.

    • Move the Width slider to adjust the size of each dot in the pattern. You can also enter a value from 2.0 px to 50.0 px.
    • Move the Sharpness slider to adjust the sharpness of the dots. You can also enter a value from 0% to 100%.
    • Move the handles of the effect rope to adjust the position of the screen. If the effect rope isn’t visible, click the Edit button in the Tool Options pane.

Show Original: Click the Show Original button or press the O key on your keyboard to see what the image looks like without any effects.

To reset your changes, click the Dot Screen pop-up menu in the Tool Options pane and choose Reset. To remove the effect, choose Remove Effect.

Apply a Hatched Screen effect

The Hatched Screen effect recreates your selected layer using a hatched black and white halftone screen.

  1. Do one of the following:
    • Choose Format > Effects > Halftone > Hatched Screen (from the Format menu at the top of your screen).
    • Click in the Tools sidebar and in the Add menu, choose Halftone > Hatched Screen.
  2. Customize the effect:
    • Move the Angle wheel to adjust the angle of the pattern. You can also enter a value from 0.0º to 359.9º.

    • Move the Width slider to adjust the size of each line in the pattern. You can also enter a value from 2.0 px to 50.0 px.
    • Move the Sharpness slider to adjust the sharpness of the lines. You can also enter a value from 0% to 100%.
    • Move the handles of the effect rope to adjust the position of the screen. If the effect rope isn’t visible, click the Edit button in the Tool Options pane.

Show Original: Click the Show Original button or press the O key on your keyboard to see what the image looks like without any effects.

To reset your changes, click the Hatched Screen pop-up menu in the Tool Options pane and choose Reset. To remove the effect, choose Remove Effect.

Apply a Line Screen effect

The Line Screen effect recreates your selected layer using a black and white line screen.

  1. Do one of the following:
    • Choose Format > Effects > Halftone > Line Screen (from the Format menu at the top of your screen).
    • Click in the Tools sidebar and in the Add menu, choose Halftone > Line Screen.
  2. Customize the effect:
    • Move the Angle wheel to adjust the angle of the pattern. You can also enter a value from 0.0º to 359.9º.

    • Move the Width slider to adjust the size of each line in the pattern. You can also enter a value from 2.0 px to 50.0 px.
    • Move the Sharpness slider to adjust the sharpness of the lines. You can also enter a value from 0% to 100%.
    • Move the handles of the effect rope to adjust the position of the screen. If the effect rope isn’t visible, click the Edit button in the Tool Options pane.

Show Original: Click the Show Original button or press the O key on your keyboard to see what the image looks like without any effects.

To reset your changes, click the Line Screen pop-up menu in the Tool Options pane and choose Reset. To remove the effect, choose Remove Effect.

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