is a plugin for Adobe Illustrator providing color adjustment, embedded
image handling and essential pre-press tools. With the help of Phantasm CS, you can also create fully managed Halftone effect. Exactly this property of the plugin will be discussed in this tutorial.
- Program: Adobe IllustratorCS3-CS5+ Phantasm CS;
- Difficulty: beginner;
- Estimated Completion Time: 20 minutes;
Choose a bitmap image and paste it into your document workspace.
let's see what the standard feature of the Halftone in Adobe
Illustrator offers us. Select the bitmap image and go to Effect>
Pixelate> Color Halftone.
can see a number of values in the dialog box. Does this mean something
for you? For me neither. In addition there is no possibility of changing
these values and observing what happens to the image. Well, randomly
click on OK.
That's exactly not what I wanted. Fortunately, I know what to do. Let's
go back to the settings of the effect by clicking on its name in the
Set 0 for all the channels and click on OK.
where did the red color appear from? Keep the object selected, go to
Object> Live Trace> Trace Options ... and set the parameters in
the dialog box as shown in the figure below.
am I setting these parameters? Because I have experience. Now keeping
the object selected, go to Object> Expand Appearance, then Object>
All the elements have turned into vector objects, let us take a close look at what we got.
can I say? You can be experimenting with the parameters of Color
Halftone and Trace Options for hours, and I still will not guarantee
that you will get an acceptable result.
Now let's see what Phantasm CS offers us.
installing the plugin, the entry with its name appears in the bottom of
the Effect menu. Select the bitmap image and go to Effect> Phantasm
CS> Halftone ....As you can see, the dialog box of this effect
includes many features, and we can observe changes the image by
controlling these features.
yourself familiar with some of these functions, and then apply our
knowledge into practice. You can choose form the color image type:
Monochrome, RGB, Sampled.
If you choose Monochrome type, you can specify the color of the effect.
By setting the DPI, you can specify the number of points of effect.
You have an opportunity to choose from the type of Pattern, it can be a Grid, FM or Radial.
Each type of Pattern has additional configurations.
can control the coordinates of the effect, for example, in the case of
radial type of the Pattern, you can specify the coordinates of its
can consist of different objects: circles, squares, lines, characters
and even symbols from the panel of the same name!.
You can scale shapes which the image consists of.
If scaling is not proportional, you can get ellipses or rectangles, in addition, you can change their slope.
course, in this small tutorial I did not describe all the features of
this effect, so simply install this plug-in and experiment with it.
After applying the effect, the image stays raster. Turn it into a vector. Go to Object> Expand Appearance.
We got perfect circles. I think you cannot even compare this with the
base effect of the Halftone in Adobe Illustrator neither in quality nor
speed of execution.
Now let's apply Phantasm CS
in practice. All the features of the plugin that were described by me
can be applied not only to bitmap but to vector images as well. Let's
try using Halftone from Phantasm CS trying to create interesting text
effects. Take the Type Tool (T) and create a word Ã?Â«LIGHTÃ?Â».
Keep the text selected, go to Object> Expand and Effect> Phantasm CS> Halftone ... Set the parameters listed below.
We got text consisting of rectangle.
Go to Object> Expand Appearance and swap fill with stroke.
Create a different effect, this time with the word Ã?Â«NEONÃ?Â».
Apply the Halftone effect to it with the parameters specified below.
Go to Object> Expand Appearance, then Object> Expand and click on Unite from the Pathfinder palette.
Now we can move some elements, as shown below.
let's create the effect using a symbol. First, create a symbol. Take
the Ellipse Tool (L) and create a circle, fill it with radial gradient
from yellow to orange color.
two more circles of red color. The bigger circle lies in the underlayer
below the smaller one, and has 0% opacity. Select both circles and go
to Object> Blend> Make.
Unite both objects created in this step.
Group up the created objects and drag them to the Symbols palette.
the text and symbol in the Symbols palette, and go to Effect>
Phantasm CS> Halftone ..., pick the value in the dialog box and
choose the Selected Symbol in the Dot Properties section.
think you tested the functionality of Phantasm CS, now it only depends
on your imagination. I created a text effect using this plug-in and the
Color Dodge Blending Mode. You can find more information about this
technique in my tutorial Neon.