from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A tone or value halfway between a highlight and a dark shadow.
  • n. A picture in which the gradations of light are obtained by the relative darkness and density of tiny dots produced by photographing the subject through a fine screen.
  • n. A picture made by such a process.
  • n. Music See semitone.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Half the interval between two notes on a scale.
  • n. A picture made by using the process of half-toning.
  • v. To reproduce a photograph or other continuous tone image by the use of dots of various sizes.


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  • I chose a medium value paint for all the objects and was thinking "halftone" (the space between light and shadow).

  • By printing the same image four ways -- as a halftone photolithograph, continuous tone photolithograph, photogravure and salt print -- the subtle shifts and changes that occur through these varied processes become evident.

    Jane Chafin: Exit Through the Gift Shop (The Emperor Is Naked)

  • The use of halftone patterns with strong lines around the human form gives one the feeling that they are reading a comic from the time period, but also incorporates digital coloring techniques common today.

    Review: Die Hard: Year One #3 | Major Spoilers - Comic Book Reviews and News

  • A portrait of British model Jean Shrimpton is one of the 36 halftone prints that make up David Bailey's Box of Pin-Ups (1965), a photobook that now sells for between £3,000 and £6,000

    The world's most expensive photography books

  • Once halftone reproduction came along, a lot of artists painted full-color, even though they knew the reproductions would be in black and white.

    Monochromatic Color

  • The 19th century and early 20th centuries saw the invention of several imagemaking technologies, including photography, halftone printing, motion pictures, and television, all of which began in black and white.

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  • I shot film separations, CMYK, because every photo in every printed piece had to first be converted to a dot pattern (halftone) and the colors separated out for printing in Cyan, Magenta Yellow and Black.

    Charles Karel Bouley: The End of Newsprint, Not Newspapers

  • Tell me, designers, have you ever had to deal with a bitmap file with an unwanted halftone pattern in the background?

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  •  It’s like the artists took real photos, gave them a couple of quick treatments to make it look cartoony, and then added on lots of black ink and a halftone pattern.

    Review: Daredevil Noir #1 | Major Spoilers - Comic Book Reviews and News

  • Prices are in U.S. funds and are as follows: $35 setup fee (to make the plate and halftone based on the photo) and then you must order a minimum of four rolls of perforated toilet paper (each with 500-sheets) for $12 apiece.

    Website puts your ex’s face on toilet paper | Sync Blog


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  • An example of halftoning, from the Wikipedia entry

    September 10, 2007