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Jeff Hauser
How can I a black and white (not greyscale) dithering effect?
on Sep 12, 2013 at 6:15:59 pm

Hi there everyone,
I'm going to use a laser cutter to create a seemingly greyscale image of this.
http://i.imgur.com/dudXTcm.jpg
The only problem is that the laser cutter only accepts vector images of only black. I was able to create a black and white halftone of the image in Photoshop, but not Illustrator. I tried bringing that raster image into Illustrator and doing an Image Trace on it with various custom settings, but it kept interrelating the image and removing the fine details.
Pretty much, I'm trying to create something like this
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_x_MctNg0L2w/TGwxA1-YEDI/AAAAAAAABnM/VLJ7A7U6_Bc/s...
with my image where every little dot is a vector circle.
Thanks in advance!


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Lyudmil Lyubenov
Re: How can I a black and white (not greyscale) dithering effect?
on Sep 13, 2013 at 3:10:36 pm

Hey, first of all i think you need a really high quality image if you want to save all the detail. I tried to make the image completely in black and white and there are some tiny little pixels around the edges that you don't want unless you clean them up manually. I downloaded a 4k world map from google and what i did in PS was:
apply adjustment layer (AL - from now on) B/W
merge down
apply curves adjustment with 4 points with input/output: 0/0,9/2,13/255,255/255
Now I have very good looking B/W image but because of the high res there are a lot of tiny dots that you can erase if you want to and apply invert AL. That way you can select just the continents and the desired detail in any color scheme you want.

Once you get the detail you want you are free to use it in AI and import it like high res .jpeg. On Image Trace settings (Window/ Image Trace)I used B/W mode, Threshold: 181 and in Advanced section: Paths- 100%, Corners- 100%, Noise- 100%, Method- Abutting, Create- Fills and Options- Ignore White.

That is the way I managed to trace the image pretty well. Is not perfect off course but I think it will work good for what you want to do. From here on you just have to make the dots for the effect you are searching for, that I imagine you know how to.

Cheers. Hope helped you. If you want I can send you the .ai ready traced.



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Nate Geimrick
Re: How can I a black and white (not greyscale) dithering effect?
on Oct 4, 2013 at 12:10:19 pm

This type of image is commonly called pointilism or stippling. There are some online tools to convert raster images to pointilism raster images, but I'm not aware that any of them can create a vector image...


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eric Pearson
Re: How can I a black and white (not greyscale) dithering effect?
on Oct 14, 2014 at 3:29:44 am

I am a novice and looking to do the same... after creatig halftone i go to live trace and loose detail


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