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A History of Wall Street Journal Hedcuts

Since 1979, the drawings, or hedcuts, have become much more than the currency and certificate engravings they were modeled on. So many likenesses of prominent figures have been featured that to have one’s hedcut appear in the Journal is, for most, a seminal moment. (more…)

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Line art

Line art or line drawing is any image that consists of distinct straight or curved lines placed against a (usually plain) background, without gradations in shade (darkness) or hue (color) to represent two-dimensional or three-dimensional objects. Line art can use lines of different colors, although line art is usually monochromatic. (more…)

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Stochastic Printing Process Renders Larger CMYK Gamut

Conventional halftones, often referred to as AM screens (amplitude modulated), distribute ink over a grid of dots that increase in size for darker tones. Throughout the tone scale, the frequency of dots remains the same, but the size or amplitude increases. The ink and water requirements vary greatly throughout the tonal range, causing a basic lithographic instability for which there are no on press controls. (more…)

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4CP: Four Color Process adventures deep inside the comic book

From the 1940s to the 1970s, comic book art and comic books were the same thing. In the decades since, the art of comics has been carefully separated from the original physical conditions of its reproduction. Elevation of the 20th century art form has resulted in the erasure of the 20th century mechanical processes that enabled comic books to exist and thrive – for ten, twelve, fifteen, or twenty cents, millions of times over. (more…)

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The Vector Lab: Gradients & Halftones

TheVectorLab was born in 2008 out of the philosophy that it’s important to spend LESS time in an office sitting at a computer… and MORE time hanging out with family, friends, and being outside in nature. If you have the right tools to help you work more efficiently, then you can put that extra energy and focus towards things that really matter. (more…)

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What’s the DPI?

If a POD printer asks you to submit 300dpi grayscale images from which they can make halftones, it does not mean that output is going to be 300dpi, or that the 256 shades of gray you see in each pixel of your computer screen are going to show up in the output. In fact, there are no shades of gray in the interior of a book; gray is simulated with black dots of different sizes. (more…)

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How to Make a Sin City Portrait in Photoshop

Cutting The Subject out from Green Screen

Shooting on a green screen is a great idea if you know you are going to cut your subject out of the background. In this episode we show you how to select the green color range and define a layer mask with the selection. This technique will allow you to cut your subject out from the background quickly and accurately. (more…)

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