Phantasm v4

£69.00

Color control like Photoshop's in Illustrator

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Pro Vector Artwork Colour Control + High Quality Vector Halftones

Vector halftones | 12 color adjustments inc. Levels, Curves, Hue/Sat | Apply as non-destructive live Effects | Photoshop compatible settings | Pre-press corrections

Highlights of what's new in version 4

  • NEW Phantasm Panel for instant and intuitive color control

  • IMPROVED vector Halftone engine for greatly improved quality

  • NEW Vector Halftone clipping option

  • NEW Prepress Correct Effect and ability to auto-apply to all layers (via panel)

Made up of three key components, Phantasm makes light work of much sought-after vector halftones, duotones and tricky color adjustments. Easily adjust vector artwork, text, effects and embedded images with curves and other essential controls (just like Photoshop!) directly in Illustrator. With user defined adjustments to ensure a fast workflow and maximum creativity.

Color Adjustments

Instant access to adjustments via new Phantasm Panel. Essential adjustments, many like you would find in Photoshop including the following: Brightness/Contrast, Curves, Levels, Desaturate, Exposure, Hue/Saturation, Invert, Shift to Color, Temperature/Tint and Prepress Correct. Works on vectors, editable text and embedded images. Live preview. Load and export settings with Photoshop.

Phantasm color adjustments being applied direct to vector and embedded artwork
Phantasm vector Halftones

Vector Halftones

New Halftone Engine in version 4 for improved results and detail clarity! Quickly create a 100% scalable halftone effect based on any underlying artwork. Includes controls such as Monochrome, CMYK/RGB, Sampled colors, grid angle, dpi, undercoat color and dot gain. Dots can be Circular, Square, Line, Text characters or Symbols. Can be applied to layer prior to drawing. Halftones are particularly useful for posters through to T-shirt design and security printing.

Live Effects

All Phantasm adjustments are applied as live Effects to ensure a smooth, non-destructive workflow. Toggle the Effect visibility on/off via the Appearance Panel. Can be applied to other live Effects such as drop shadows and textures found in our other plug-ins Stylism and Texturino. Phantasm live Effects work for vectors, editable text and embedded images. Artwork can be opened by clients without Phantasm.

Phantasm Live Effects via Appearance panel
Phantasm Duotone applied to vector artwork

Duotone

Including monotone, tritone and quadtone. Directly compatible and interchangeable Photoshop settings.

Prepress Corrections

New Prepress Correct Effect ensures overprint white is removed automatically, whilst rich blacks can be converted to pure black. Most color adjustments have Advanced settings to control individual channels including transparency (alpha) and spot inks. Adjust the profile of drop shadows and glows for a much more realistic result. Handle flexo drop-offs directly in Illustrator.

Prepress Correct live Effect via Phantasm Panel

Installing Phantasm v4

  • When installing only Phantasm v4, on the installer step that lists all the plug-ins available to install, tick the box next to Phantasm.
  • If you have previously installed Phantasm v3 or earlier, you will see confirmation text Upgrade version 3.x.x to 4.x.x.
  • Now click on Install button to continue with the installation process.
    Installing Phantasm v4

For full advice on installing our plug-ins, please refer to our Installation Guide.

Not ready to move to Phantasm v4?

Don’t worry, you won’t be forced to upgrade if you don’t want to. If you’re not ready to move on to this new version, please see our advice on Remaining with / Reinstalling Phantasm v3.

Example Artwork

The artwork above was created using Phantasm.

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New in version 4

  • NEW Phantasm Panel for instant and intuitive color control
  • IMPROVED vector Halftone engine for greatly improved quality
  • NEW Vector Halftone clipping option
  • NEW Prepress Correct Effect and ability to auto-apply to all layers (via panel)
  • IMPROVED presets across and control
  • All adjustments are live Effects, removing deprecated destructive Filter variants
  • Significant internal overhaul to better ensure future updates and support

Tool Functionality (all available as non-destructive live Effects)

  • Brightness/Contrast
  • Curves (including individual RGB/CMYK/Spot + alpha control)
  • Desaturate
  • Duotone (including monotone, tritone and quadtone)
  • Exposure
  • Halftone (vector)
  • Hue/Saturation/Lightness (including Colorize mode)
  • Invert
  • Levels (including individual RGB/CMYK/Spot + alpha control)
  • Shift to Color
  • Temperature/Tint
  • Prepress Correct

Note: Only Live Effects are available in v4 (older destructive Filters were in v3 and earlier)

Photoshop-compatible color adjustment settings exchange

  • Curves (including pencil mode)
  • Duotone
  • Exposure
  • Hue/Saturation
  • Levels

Color function options

  • Safe CMYK, with option to exclude pure black
  • Ignore spot colors
  • Apply to: Fill / Stroke / Text / Images
  • Convert colorized bitmaps
  • Auto Rasterize
  • Black / White color cut-off
  • Rich black to user-defined color
  • Overprint control
  • Gradient Accuracy

Other benefits

  • All live effects can be incorporated into Illustrator Graphic Styles
  • Save and manage options settings
  • Actions-compliant
  • Additional spot color object, image types and Phantasm live effect selection

Using our plug-ins

Color-coded Panels
Installation, Licensing & Activation
Software Requirements

Mac OS
Illustrator CC and CS6
Mac OS 10.7+

Windows
Adobe Illustrator CC and CS6
Windows 7/8/10

Example Artwork

The artwork on the right was created with the Phantasm plug-in.

Download all our sample artwork source files and have a look at them in Adobe Illustrator.

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