Flatting plug-ins for Adobe® Photoshop®

In the production of comics a special trapping method, called "Flatting" is used. The colored area's are butted against each other under the line art. Without special tools, this can take a long time to do.

Flatten Pro & MultiFill

The MultiFill and Flatten Pro plug-ins assist in "Flatting" and can save a lot of time. You start with MultiFill, which gives every area in the image a distinct color. Then the Flatten Pro plug-in expands all these area's untill they meet and no black line-art is left in the image. Go to the example to see how it works.

Some enthusiastic users have made tutorials of using the plug-ins that you may find useful. See the links page.

Both plug-ins are available to download.

By purchasing Flatting Pro, you support further development of these and other plug-ins. You can buy a serial number from the store for $99.

Flatten Pro Demo Mode

The Flatten Pro plug-in runs in demo mode until you enter a valid serial number. This demo mode is limited to 1024x1024 pixels. Larger images will be partially processed. Only the top left 1024x1024 pixels are done. The rest of the image will remain as it was.

New versions

April 2014

New 32 bit plug-ins for Photoshop CC on Windows.

March 2014

New MultiFill release to fix some bugs in 1.7

January 2014

Photoshop CC compatible

There are new versions available for Photoshop CC on Windows.

New option in MultiFill 1.7

The newest version of MultiFill has a new option. At the top of the dialog is a new checkbox labelled "Paint White and Gray Pixels". The purpose of this new option is to work with anti-aliased artwork. The smooth edges of the artwork consist of shades of grey. This new option will paint those pixels as well, so only the fully black pixels are left. These can then be processed with the Flatten plug-in.

Note that the new option is only available in the newest version of MultiFill, which is compatible with Photoshop CS4 and newer on Windows and CS5 and newer on Mac OS X.

April 2013 MultiFill 1.5 for Windows

Some people experienced problems with the Color Palette popup-menu. This was caused by anti-virus software blocking MultiFill from finding the color palettes. This was fixed by using a different method to find the color palettes. This problem only affected the Windows version, so the Mac version has not been changed.

November 2011 MultiFill 1.4.2

Multifill has been updated to fix a problem in CMYK mode. The new MultiFill will only fill using the CMY components of the selected filling palette. This helps Flatten to distinguish the colored areas from the black line-art. Previously colored areas were sometimes treated as black.