Photoshop Dither Effect Tutorial


Hello, this is Jeff at Magical Fruit Tuts.
In this Photoshop Tutorial I will show you how to create an interesting Dither effect
with Photoshop. This effect works well with Black and White
as well as color images. If you apply a sepia or other color tone to
a black and white image first, this procedure can result in an interesting tri-tone result. Images with faded areas or minor imperfections
can produce excellent results with this method To begin, open up your image in Photoshop.
If the image is in grayscale Mode, choose Image – Mode – RGB Color
Double-Click the background layer and rename it “Teddy” Save your image as a psd file
Right-Click and select Convert to Smart Object Black and White photos sometimes work better
if you apply a sepia Photo Filter to them Select the “create a new fill or adjustment
layer” icon and select Photo Filter For this image I chose Warming Filter (85)
at 25% Density. Click the clip to icon to clip it to the Teddy
Layer. Move to the Teddy layer.
Hold down Control key while selecting the add a new layer icon to create an empty layer
below the Teddy layer. Click the create a new fill or adjustment
layer icon, then choose “solid color” a color picker with open, choose a color,
I choose a orange-red #dd794c Next add a pattern overlay layer style to
the color fill layer you just created. choose the pattern picker fly-out
click the gear icon and chose “Large List” check to see if you have the Pastel Paper
pattern on the list If you don’t,
choose the gear icon again and choose “Erodible Textures” from the dropdown
click append to add the pattern group to your list,
Other textures you can experiment with are Fine Grain, Cold Press, and Pebble Board.
They are in the Erodible Textures Pattern Group also.
for now, choose the Pastel Paper Pattern, Normal blend, 50% Opacity, and 50% Scale. Select the Teddy layer, add a levels adjustment
layer, for now don’t make any levels changes.
the levels layer should automatically be clipped to the Teddy layer.
We’re now read to tweak the settings Select the Teddy Layer and change its blend
mode to Hard Mix Double-Click the levels layer to change the
settings Adjust the Black and white output levels to
where the brightest areas are white and other light areas are yellowish. I used Output levels
of 6 and 194 Next adjust the pattern overlay.
Note that texture opacity and scale will change depending on the size, and resolution of your
image. Adjust the opacity to where the dither is
showing some on the face, I used 55% Opacity Now adjust the scale to where the dither looks
appropriate i.e. not too large but small enough that small dither dots can be seen. I use
95% scale. This completes the Teddy Image.
Notice that as I experiment with different color tones of the orange color that the effect
changes quite a bit. Also notice the changes as I experiment with
completely different colors. Here are a few more images created using this
method. By using different Levels adjustments, Fill colors, and pattern settings you can
achieve many excellent results. CS5 does not have the Erodible Patterns Category
availiable. You could use the fibers 1 texture in the Grayscale Papers pattern group or you
can use an alternative method. Here is a CS5 screen showing an Alternate
method that utilizes the Film Grain Filter that you could use for CS5. This method also
works in later versions of Photoshop. The settings for the Film Grain Filter are:
Grain 10, Highlight Area 4, and Intensity 9. On the left side of the screen is the working
canvas, notice that the screen view size is 18.59%. On the right side of the screen is
the resulting jpg image. The reason they are different is because the canvas view was shrunk
to 18.59%. If you increase the canvas screen view to
100%, you will get a more realistic view of what the image will look like when it is converted
to a jpg or it is printed. It might be a good idea to zoom in to 100% occasionally to see
what your output will really look like. If you enjoyed this video please subscribe
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it.

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