I’ve been working on a way to re-create the halftone effect in print manually through Photoshop. There is a filters > render > halftone that is the basic starting point, but the effect is a bit random. The dots vary in size based on the image pixel data, which is not how the plates actually work.

This example posted here is from a series of filters. I’ll also insert the action if anyone wants to take a look. WordPress doesn’t allow posting the .ATN Photoshop file type, so this is manually saved as .DOC, delete that and replace with .ATN. Included is a “linen paper” action to create the background and a plate action for each C,M,Y,K layer.

Photoshop Magic (rename to “Photoshop Magic.atn” and double-click to load into Photoshop)