CMYK003 creates results which simulate the halftone dot four color process — the Action itself is a proof-of-concept in my quest to make a comic book effect that closely recreates the CMYK printing process normally attributed with comic book printing.  The old process printing technique was messy, was CMYK and was rarely fully registered properly causing the various color plates to be slightly off.  Most Actions available on the internet create comic book halftone effects in RGB mode when simulating a comic book effect — while the result sometimes look impressive, they are technically incorrect.  The Stipplr CMYK003 Action rpoduces similar results to CMYK001 and CMYK002 but with larger dots. When the Action is executed it attempts to split each cyan, magenta, yellow and keyline plates where it then traces each layer creating a vector shape layer for each (this is why the process can take several minutes).  Once the vector shape layers are completed the 4 individual layers are wrapped together in a newly Created Smart Object placed on the layer above the selected source photo in Photoshop.  Additional work can be done to the CMYK layers by double-clicking the Smart Object which opens the PSB containing the results — it is recommended that designers not edit the vector path data for the CMYK series of Actions, the vector shapes may be too complex for editing within Photoshop.  For more information about Stipplr Actions, please drop by the tutorial section on this site.

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Format: Adobe Shape CC and CS Smart Objects
Type: PSD, Stipplr, Actions
Description: Vector & Raster Trace Action pre-sets
Attribution: Photos
Output: Vector or Raster Adobe Smart Object
Filesize: 3.34 kB


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