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 & MultiFill
The MultiFill and Flatten 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 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.
Both plug-ins are available as a free download. And there is also a pro version of Flatten, which is not free.
Flatten Pro: Multi-Core and 64-bit
Flatten Pro is just like Flatten, but better. It is optimized for modern computers with multi-core processors. On these modern machines it is much faster than Flatten. And by popular request, Flatten Pro is now also avalable in a 64-bit version.
On modern machines it is much faster, because it is optimized to take advantage of all available processor cores on your computer. For example on a 2009 Mac Pro with 4 cores it is almost 4 times faster than the old Flatten plug-in. The result is the same.
For Windows Flatten Pro is also available in a 64-bit version for use with Photoshop CS4 and newer on 64-bit Windows Vista or Windows 7.
A Flatten Pro 64-bit for use with Photoshop CS5 on Mac OS X is also available.
Buy Flatten Pro for $99
Flatten Pro is recommended for professional users. It takes adavantage of the capabilites of modern hardware and so it saves even more time than Flatten. 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. You need a serial number before you can use Flatten Pro.
Try Flatten Pro
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 1024 pixels are done. The rest of the image will remain as it was.
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.