Screening is the transformation of an image into a set of dots so that it can be printed using screen printing. Screen printing works according to the principle either there is a print or there is no print. Or 0 or 1. And in order to transmit smooth transitions of tone and need to rasterize. When rasterized, the gradient is converted to points of different sizes, and when viewing a printed print, the impression of a smooth transition to tones is made.

Original image
Rasterize image
Raster points

The plugin works with regular rasters. And it allows you to view and edit a multicolored screened copy of the color separation image.

Rasterizing buttons
  • Modeling – creates a copy of the color-separated image, before that the screening menu is displayed on the screen, where you can choose the shape of the raster point, the lineature and the angle of the raster.
  • Rasterization Ch – rasterization of one selected channel. A menu for selecting the shape of a raster point, slope angle and lineature is also displayed. You have the opportunity to rasterize each channel at different angles and with different lineature.

With the raster preview function, you can solve a number of tasks in color separation.

  1. You will see how your print will look like when printed. Usually at this stage you can identify and correct a number of inaccuracies that are difficult to identify when processing an image without a raster. I would like to pay particular attention to the fact that during rasterization a full copy of the file is created and each rasterized layer is already in the channels and is painted in the color corresponding to the original. .
  2. You will be able to generate a raster in high resolution and send a completely finished file to the output of the films, where all gradients and tones are transferred as you need, since the rasterized file is the final file. Eliminating, therefore, any changes to the gray fill during the rasterization stage on the side.
  3. You can edit the file at the raster level, which is also sometimes useful.
  4. Selective rasterization. Rasterize only gradients, while leaving the spots with clear edges without rasterization. It is very useful, and this tool is always with you at hand.
  • Note! Note the resolution of the file before rasterization. For the correct formation of the raster point file must have a sufficiently high resolution. It starts at 900 pixels per inch for large lineatures and ends at 1440 for smaller ones. If the purpose of screening is previewing in a raster, then increasing the resolution is usually not required. But if you do the final editing, then you should definitely convert to raster at high resolution.

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