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Do anyone know a good halftone tutorial

phunky_machines
posted by phunky_machines • 4 years ago

I always have problems with my color use when i go to a printing service, i use to many colors. A solution for this problem is using halftones, but there are only ‘basic’ halftone tutorials on the web. Does anyone know, or can anyone write a good tutorial for this problem.

Greets from The Netherlands

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asher2789 asher2789 Artist from United States

oh man… this would be such a long ass tutorial to write! i dont even know if i do it correctly.. ill make a summary of what i do, but just so you know, if your submitting to DBH dont do this, let DBH do it if they print you cause most likely theyll do a way better job than you ever could.

1. i make a duplicate of my file and flatten the image.
2. on the flat image, i use the posterize filter in photoshop and set it to x number of colours (how many you can print with).
3. i select a colour on the flat file, then go over to the original file and select it. pretty much you want to select the colour so that the selection is in white and the non-selected is black in the dialog.
4. i copy the selected colour and then paste it to a new layer.
5. repeat for all additional colours.
6. when done with that, i take the separated layers and copy and paste them into a new document, one layer per document.
7. in the new document, which only has one layer of the design on it, i go to image mode and select bitmap. it will ask to flatten the colours and make greyscale (or perhaps you have to make greyscale first?).
8. choose halftone as the way of doing it, and then use your printers information as to what size halftones and what shape (usually elliptical).
9. repeat with all layers.
10. in a new document, copy and paste each halftoned layer. when your done it should be a black silhouette of your design on a white background.
11. on each layer in this new document, set a colour overlay to it in the pantone colour you need, and then title each layer by the colour and pantone number.
12. arrange layers so it looks right.
13. send to printer and hope you did everything right :)

phunky_machines phunky_machines Artist from

Thanks! but what i really meant was : if i have a transparant layer over a color, how can i make it a good haltone because printservices useualy f*ck it a bit up… :(

Who can help ?!

brianluong brianluong Artist from United States

This might help: http://www.vimeo.com/2811225

zerobriant zerobriant Artist from Cebu City, Philippines

from the master, jimiyo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-HJQjpZ5xdU

Tiny.Cue.Cards Tiny.Cue.Cards Artist from
brianluong said: This might help: http://www.vimeo.com/2811225

So, is this what I need to do before I submit a design to DBH?

brianluong brianluong Artist from United States
Tiny.Cue.Cards said:
brianluong said: This might help: http://www.vimeo.com/2811225

So, is this what I need to do before I submit a design to DBH?

As in uploading a design for voting? no.

but you should really watch the video and/or learn how to separate your designs on your own just for the general knowledge.

asher2789 asher2789 Artist from United States

phunky_machines said: Thanks! but what i really meant was : if i have a transparant layer over a color, how can i make it a good haltone because printservices useualy f*ck it a bit up… :(

Who can help ?!

if you do what i say correctly it should look fine.

biotwist biotwist Artist from new jersey, United States

this there a quick way for converting a gradient mesh into a hafltone in illustrator? because that could kick my work up a level

BeadlerWorks BeadlerWorks Artist from NY, United States

http://emptees.com/posts/80741-halftone-questions

http://emptees.com/posts/79011-color-halftone

http://emptees.com/posts/6838-help-with-halftones#comment_form_item

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