Cutline – Photoshop Plug-In to Create Graphics Effects


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Cutline Flowers



Version 3.0 – 32 and 64 bit compatible Engraving and woodcut effects. The Cutline Plug-In is intended for use on continuous tone gray scale images. The best results are seen with photos or illustrations with gradient blends. Cutline screens are a combination of line/dot screens. A standard  line screen represents gray tones in a photo or illustration by varying the thickness of black lines on a white background. However, in the Cutline screen, as lines get thicker, angles “cuts” appear in the lines, which cause them to break into dots. The result is an effect that emulates the classic old world engraving and woodcut techniques.


  • Engraves selected parts of a grayscale photograph or illustration in 10 to 35 lpi. range, customizable to higher or lower settings.
  • Uses a unique directional engraving tool called the Stamper to set angles and curvature of engraved lines.
  • Effortlessly identifies and applies selected engraved lines to Highlight, Midtone and Shadow areas in an unselected grayscale image.
  • Re–interprets gradients into engraved lines of varying width and shape.

CL_ballPreview the Cutline Manual (3.8 MB) Cutline offers wavy and straight lines and ellipses, making it easy to impact an image with an elegant engraving or stunning woodcut effect. Cutline has four screens uniquely suited for exceptional hand engraved and woodcut effects:   Cutlines: Simple straight lines that are set at a fixed 13 degree angle for better linequality. See our output for comparison. Using straight lines tends to offer a more mechanical or exacting effect on your images than the others. Wavy Cutlines: Wavy lines that are also set at a 13 degree angle and are also not adjustable in wavelength or height or angle. These tend to soften images somewhat, and may enhance contours and depth in some areas of your image. Elliptical Cutlines: Concentric Ellipses which allows the use of the Stamper Tool and Angle and Curvature sliders. The user can strategically place the curved lines to engrave and enhance any image or selection and is best suited for smooth surfaces. Wavy Ellipses: Concentric Wavy Ellipses which also invites the use of the Stamper Tool and adjustment sliders. Working with this screen may require some trial and error to get the best placement, but is well worth the effort. Wavy Ellipses can add and enhance the surface contours of an image, and adds a character all its own.

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