Adding focus tines

Focus lines are a staple of manga that help to create the trademark look of the genre. It's a simple effect that you can use in a variety of ways, including expressing motion towards the reader, focusing attention towards an item or person, or (when created with reverse colors) creating effects, such as star-hursts. Check out Figure 14-12 for some examples of focus lines in action.

Figure 14-12:

You can use the Focus Lines filter in a variety of ways.

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Figure 14-12:

You can use the Focus Lines filter in a variety of ways.

To use the Focus Lines filter, follow these steps:

1. From the Main menu, choose Layers New Layer.

You're placing the focus lines on this layer. (It helps the other line art remain untouched.)

2. In the Mew Layer dialog box, enter a name in the Name text box that will help you easily identify it and select the highest-resolution raster layer relative to your page's resolution.

Check out Chapter 4 for a more in-depth explanation on how to create a new image layer,

3. From the Tools palette, select the Rectangular Marquee tool.

4. Using your mouse or stylus, click and drag a selection over the panel you'd like to add speed lines to.

5. Open the Focus Lines dialog box by choosing the appropriate commands from the main menu:

• Debut version: FilterOFocus Lines

• EX version: FilterCRenderCFocus Lines The Focus Lines dialog box appears.

6. From the Preview drop-down list, select the quality (High, Mid, or Low) you'd like to preview the focus lines on the page.

For Steps 7-12, you have the additional option to randomize the values set. This allows you to add a bit more variety to the lines (the spacing between lines could become more erratic, for example) — leaving the values as they are produces a simple, uniform look to the lines. For each of these values, select the Random check box for the corresponding value and enter a value between 0.0 (no randomization) and 4.0 (heavy randomization) in its respective text box.

7. In the Length text box, enter a value between 1 mm and 600 mm to adjust the length of the focus lines.

8. In the Width text box, enter a value between 0 mm and 10 mm to adjust the width of the focus lines.

9. In the Angle text box, enter a value between 0.5 and 50.0 degrees to adjust the angle at which the focus lines are drawn.

10. In the Curve text box, enter a value between -100% and 100% (the default value is set to 0) to adjust the curve of the focus lines.

11. In the Shift text box, enter a value between 0 mm and 300 mm to adjust the starting points of the focus lines.

12. In the Distance text box, enter a value between 0 mm and 150 mm to set the gap between lines.

13. To set the distance of the focus lines from the focal point, select the Distance check box and enter a value between 0 mm and 150 mm in its respective text box.

14. To taper either the inside points or outside points (or both) of the focus lines, select the Inside and/or Outside check boxes.

15. From the Drawing/Background Color drop-down list, select the color of the focus lines.

You have the following options in the list:

• Transparent

• Transparent on a Black Background

• Transparent on a White Background

16. Select the Clear Layer check box If you want to delete everything on the current layer, replacing it with the speed lines.

This is useful if you happen to rough out how you'd like the speed lines to look, for example.

17. Select the Perform Oversainpling check box to minimize the aliasing (jagged edges) on the speed liues.

This option adds a slight dithering effect to the speed lines. This doesn't perform a true anti-aliasing effect that you see in Photoshop.

18. Click OK to add the focus lines to your new layer.

If you aren't happy with how the lines are initially generated in the preview, click the Generate button (located below the Preview Quality drop-down list) to create a new set of speed lines.

You can quickly adjust the position of the focus lines using the Positioning tools (see Figure 14-13), located at the top of the Focus Lines dialog box.

Figure 14-13:

The Positioning tools.

The Grab tool, much like the one on the Tools palette, allows you to quickly adjust the position of the canvas on the screen.

f* The Move tool sets the focal point on the page. As you move the focal point, the Focus lines pointing to it adjust accordingly.

V The Draw Position Move tool allows you to draw where you want the focus lines to end. (Check out Figure 14-14 for an example.)

v0 The Draw Position Transform tool allows you to alter the read area you adjusted with the Draw position Move tool by rotating and resizing it as need be. The general shape of the area is unaffected by this tool.

Figure 14-14:

The Draw Position tool helps you randomize the end points of the focal lines.

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Figure 14-14:

The Draw Position tool helps you randomize the end points of the focal lines.

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