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Plug in or method of generating Zip-a-Tone/Benday Dots

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Hello again!

I have a question regarding generating Zip-a-Tone or Benday dots. If I have a greyscale image that I would like to print in B&W, is there a plugin or other method that would easily covert the grey parts to black dots while retaining the black and white? Or I guess black could be dots as well, just more of em.

Thanks ans cheers!

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Look for Ed Harvey's effects pack. I believe it has what you're looking for. Kinda like "old printed magazine effect" ? Where various shades of color were simulated by using dots of various sizes and proximities from only a handful of primary colors? (An example would help ...)

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Ahhh, after a little more digging, tuns out there is a filter built into Gimp that does the job. Under distort-->newsprint

also: Also in Photoshop, if you convert an image to Bitmap mode, it'll give you options to apply halftones to it.

I have Gimp, but no PS. Gimp is ok, not as nice to use as Paint.net.

Sorry for the odd formatting, cutting and pasting does that sometime.


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The plugin you're looking for is Ed Harvey's Halftone plugin (it's the one Rick mentioned).

You can find it here:

When installed it is located under Effects | Stylize submenu.


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