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halftone effect in inkscape

By istarlome
i've been trying to do a halftone effect in inkscape for awhile now. i was reading the chapter about "tiled clones" in tavjong bah's inkscape guide one day. it showed how color can be used to create a group of stars with different sizes. i didn't think much about it at the time.

that night i had a dream about using this tech to create a halftone effect. when i awoke, i wrote my dream down (i do that a lot). i tried it out in inkscape and it works just fine.

here is what i came up with.

note: the templates can also be made in gimp using it's many gradient features and is actually easier that way.

i hope some find this useful. part two to come...
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V. good but v. big svg (for web logo etc) You can do a not-so-tidy version using checkerboard fill and texture filters
zeus-arts's avatar
Thank you for sharing! It worked perfectly. :)
istarlome's avatar
my pleasure. thank you for your interest.... :hug:
masonmouse's avatar
I don't know if it's because I'm using a newer version of Inkscape (0.48.4) or what, but I didn't have any luck getting this to work until I selected Opacity instead of Color under the first section in the Trace dialogue. Then it worked great. Thanks!
istarlome's avatar
thanks for looking....
VoaxmasterSpydre's avatar
THANK YOU!! Just...thank you!! I've been looking for something like this for AGES!
istarlome's avatar
geen probleem nie
AmineShow's avatar
Made me discover that feature, i think that I'll have fun playing with it!, thank's!
Tribrush's avatar
I've been searching for this tutorial....thank you ^_^
but it was hard to read some parts of your tutorial because of that background XD
chrono-strife's avatar
Great tutorial. I'm surely going to use it!!
altanimator's avatar
Yay! more effects to tinker~
RubenRocanlover's avatar
istarlome's avatar
and thank you. part two and a method to do the same thing in gimp can be found in my gallery.
lunke13's avatar
So I have seen, thanks for that too :)
lenindcruz's avatar
I searched on Google for how to do half tones, and found this one. I have yet to read through it to see it if there's any similarity to the Youtube video I saw. But my question is, was the dream thingy just a joke or or it really happened? I suppose it's a good habit if you really write down your dreams :)
istarlome's avatar
oh, i also figured out how to do halftones in gimp. it's in my gallery. ;)
lenindcruz's avatar
Yup, Thanks a lot :)
istarlome's avatar
the youtube tutorial is based on mine. yes the dream thing is real. do a search on "creative dreaming". you'll find books and other info on the subject. :)
lenindcruz's avatar
Well, I used to read a lot about these things, but laziness prevented me from taking my own habits seriously :) But, the idea of getting creative things 'out of nowhere' in our heads always interested me :D
Very cool!!

I found a way to ajust the "angle" for dots shifting the tiles. On "Shift" tab, setting Per row, "Shift X" to 50% and checking "Alternate".

Thanks! o/
If you want some arbitrary angle, you can rotate the underlying image before you start, do the halftoning, and then rotate the halftone back into place. This is a good idea if you are going to combine different-colored halftone screens, so that they overlay properly.
DiSmeCha's avatar
Thank you ! :)
It helps a lot !! :hug:
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