Important product change information
Since this article was originally published, Phantasm CS, Phantasm CS Studio and Phantasm CS Publisher have been separated into three individual plug-ins:
Phantasm: color control and vector halftones
Rasterino: the ultimate embedded image solution for Illustrator
InkQuest: control of common pre-press tasks
Existing customers of Phantasm CS / Studio / Publisher can find full details of how this affects their licenses by reading this article.
Cross-stitch is a type of embroidery the art of which is rooted back in the age of primitive culture. Today, we’ll be embroidering in vector using the Phantasm CS – it will be much faster.
Paste the picture into the workspace of the document. Copy and paste the picture in front two times (Cmd / C + C, Cmd / F twice). We will start our work with the image in the middle, so turn off the visibility of other objects in the Layers panel.
Take the Pen Tool (P) and create an oblique segment. Hold down the Shift key during its creation, and it will be located at an angle of 45°.
Keep the object selected, go toand click on the Copy button in the dialog box.
Select both segments and save them as a new symbol in the Symbols panel.
Before proceeding to the next step, make sure that the symbol is selected in the panel.
Select the raster image and go to. Set the parameters indicated in the figure below.
If you want to reduce detail of your image, decrease the numeric value of DPI parameter. Now the whole image is made up of crosses of different colors and of the same size.
Create the background behind the image. Turn on the visibility of the lower image in the Layers panel, select it and go to. Set the number of columns and rows in the dialog box. For the record, 50 rows and 50 columns is the maximum value for the gradient mesh in Adobe Illustrator.
Create another symbol. Go back to the cross created in step 2. Select it and go to. Now fill the obtained objects with black and white radial gradient.
Save the cross as a new symbol in the Symbols panel.
Before proceeding to the next step the new symbol should be selected.
Turn on the visibility of the upper image in the layers panel and select it. Now go toand set the effect parameters in the dialog box.
Now, the upper image consists of crosses filled with radial gradient.
Set the Overlay Blending Mode for the upper image in the Transparency panel.
The cross-stitch is ready!
The described technique also suits the creation of a cross-stitch effect based on underlying vector or mixed artwork, as shown below.