Halftone Effect in AKVIS ArtSuite: Create a Retro Comic Book Picture

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Tutorial: AKVIS ArtSuite

Halftone Effect


The Halftone effect turns a photo into a halftone picture giving it a retro comic book look. The image is represented with dots in a specific pattern. This technique is widely used for creating outstanding designs and stylish posters and for screenprinting.

Original Image Halftone Effect
Original Image Halftone Effect

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Adjust the effect's parameters:

    Grid. Choose a layout chart of the elements of the regular grid:

      Rectangular - the dots are located directly in the grid nodes, squaring up the image.

      Triangular - three adjacent dots create a regular triangle.

      Linear - the image is displayed in non-uniform lines.

    Rectangular Grid Triangular Grid Linear Grid
    Rectangular Grid Triangular Grid Linear Grid


    Pattern. Select a shape of the elements: Circle, Square, Diamond, Horizontal Line, Vertical Line.

    Diamond Shaped Pattern Square Shaped Pattern
    Diamond Shaped Pattern Square Shaped Pattern


    Interval (5-100) is a space between the elements. The less the value of the parameter, the denser the dots are.

    Narrow Spacing Wide Spacing
    Interval = 12 Interval = 25


    Size (1-100) changes a maximum size of a dot. It depends on the lightness of the source pixels: the dark dots are drawn in this size, the light dots are displayed with a smaller diameter. The large elements can merge into painted areas.

    Dots Size = 7 Dots Size = 20
    Size = 7 Size = 20


    Brightness (0-100) defines the color intensity and opacity of the dots.

    Light Dots Bright Dots
    Brightness = 20 Brightness = 70


    One Color. By default, the check-box is deactivated and the image is drawn with the colors of the original photo. When the check-box is activated, all dots are painted with the chosen color. Click on the plate and choose a color from the Select Color dialog.

    One Color Halftone Image Full Color Halftone Image
    One Color Halftone Full Color Halftone

How It Works How It Works
   — Workspace — Workspace
   — Using the Program — Using the Program
   — Preferences — Preferences
Effects Effects
   — Black & White — Black & White
   — Shift Colors — Shift Colors
   — Channel Mixer — Channel Mixer
   — Texture — Texture
   — Glamour — Glamour
   — Two Keys — Two Keys
   — Halftone Effect — Halftone Effect
Frames Frames
   — Classic — Classic
   — Pattern — Pattern
   — Strokes — Strokes
   — Scratches — Scratches
   — Page Curl — Page Curl
   — Squares — Squares
   — Ragged — Ragged
   — Spray — Spray
   — Artistic Frame — Artistic Frame
   — Frost — Frost
   — Artistic Crop — Artistic Crop
   — Passe-Partout — Passe-Partout
   — Hand Painted Frame — Hand Painted Frame
Examples Examples
   — Berlin Cathedral Postcard — Berlin Cathedral Postcard
   — Change Seasons — Change Seasons
   — Create Your Own Art Gallery — Create Your Own Art Gallery
   — Make a Calendar  — Make a Calendar
   — Prowling Tiger — Prowling Tiger
   — Frog Prince House — Frog Prince House
   — Summer Dreams (Advanced Tutorial) — Summer Dreams (Advanced Tutorial)
   — Relaxing at the River — Relaxing at the River
   — Happy New Year! Year of the Tiger! — Happy New Year! Year of the Tiger!
   — Handmade Wedding Invitation — Handmade Wedding Invitation
   — Making Your Own Frames — Making Your Own Frames
   — Retro Style Portrait: Black & White Effect — Retro Style Portrait: Black & White Effect
   — Changeable Fruit - Shift Colors — Changeable Fruit - Shift Colors
   — Valentine's Day: Capturing a Memory — Valentine's Day: Capturing a Memory
   — Thumbing Through Photos: Curled Edges — Thumbing Through Photos: Curled Edges
   — Old Paper Effect — Old Paper Effect


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