Software & Apps Design How to Create a Halftone Image in Adobe Photoshop Make photos look like newspaper print By Tom Green Writer Tom Green is a former Lifewire writer, the author or coauthor of 15 books on computer graphics, and is a professor at Humber College. our editorial process LinkedIn Tom Green Updated September 22, 2019 Lifewire / Tom Green Design Graphic Design Photoshop Animation & Video 3D Design Tweet Share Email Halftone is a printing technique that uses dots of ink of varying sizes, angles, and spacing to simulate a black and white photo. It's possible to create halftone images in Photoshop by converting an image to a bitmap and then applying a screen over the bitmap. You can even colorize halftone images in Adobe Illustrator. Instructions in this article apply to Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator CC 2019. How to Make a Halftone Image in Photoshop To make an image look like newspaper print: Open your image in Photoshop and select Layer > New Adjustment Layers > Black & White. Select OK. Select the Properties panel and use the color sliders to adjust the contrast. If the properties panel isn't visible, select Window > Properties. Select Image > Mode > Grayscale. Select Flatten. Select Discard. Select Image > Mode > Bitmap. Set the Resolution Output to 200 Pixels/Inch. Typically, you should never increase an image’s resolution, but this is a rare situation where increasing the resolution won’t have a negative effect. Set the Method to Halftone Screen, and then select OK. Set the Frequency to 15 Lines/Inch, and set the Angle to 45. You can play around with these settings to create slightly different effects. Set the Shape to Round, then select OK. You can now save the image as a PSD file, or if you want to colorize the image using Illustrator CC, save the image as a TIFF file. FabaPhotography / Getty Images It's also possible to turn photos into comic book art in the style of Roy Lichtenstein. How to Colorize a Halftone Image in Adobe Illustrator CC To add color to your halftone image in Illustrator, open the Color panel and select a color. Each time you click on a color, the image changes automatically. If the Color panel isn't visible, select Window > Color.