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Creating a Halftone Pattern Adobe Illustrator Tutorial

Jacquelin Vanderwood

August 15, 2004


1 The first thing you need to do is make Snap to Grid active and then have the grid visible. 

Using the Ellipse tool, create a circle in every other square for two rows.


2 Select all the circles and drop them into Symbols. This will preserve the halftone dots for further use in the future. Don't forget to save Symbols under a new name.


3 To make a halftone pattern, create two layers. Drop the dots from the Symbols palette onto the top layer.


4 Change the dots to white with the settings shown below. The reason is that the white at 255 will be transparent. Drop them onto the Swatches palette. Name the swatch otherwise it will be hard to know what it is. Now if you want smaller dots at this point for a halftone pattern, select all of them and reduce them and then drop them again onto the Swatches palette.


5 Create your artwork on the bottom layer. This will make it easier to manipulate the back layer.


6 Duplicate it. Make a new layer and move the duplicate above the blue.


7 Move the duplicate over the original.


8 Your piece should look like the one below. I decided to reduce the dots and drop them again into the Swatches palette to create a pattern smaller than the original.


9 You can continue to reduce the size of the dots and make several sizes of dot patterns to replicate halftone. Here they are reduced to even smaller dots.


10 Here I've changed the back layer to a gradient. I then changed the halftone upper layer to a transparency mode of Soft Light. For a halftone pattern, this is the only way I've figured out how to do it.



Copyright 2004, Jackie Vanderwood, All Rights Reserved


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