Adding highlights

While overlapping tones can help bring dimensionality to a drawing by adding shadow, it doesn't do much to bring out the light. To do that, you need to remove strategic parts of the tone from the drawing.

There are several methods of adding highlights to a drawing. For this chapter, I start with the simplest method, which is to simply take your Eraser or Lasso tool, select the tone you wish to remove, and erase or delete.

No more moiré

Throughout this chapter, I constantly bring up the threat of moiré in your tone work. Specifically, I hammer home that you should avoid it at all costs and that I'm glad Manga Studio uses vector tones to help at least try to keep it from appearing on your completed page. That's all fine and dandy, but what exactly is moiré?

Moiré is an accidental (and unwanted) pattern that shows up in an image. In the case of Manga Studio, it can show up if you're using two tone patterns with different numbers of lines, or it can show up if the image has been improperly resized during export or printing.

Speaking from experience, it's extremely easy to mess up your final work if you resize the image poorly. If you take a look at the following figure, the checked patterns in the floor tiles are an unwanted moiré effect resulting from resizing an image in Photoshop.

The main reason that vectors are used in Manga Studio for their tone layers: 99.999 percent of the time, the tone should scale perfectly with whatever size you decide to use for your final image. So you shouldn't have an issue with moiré in Manga Studio due to resizing.

Tokyopop Manga Online
Artwork courtesy Lincy Chan (character © Anthony Andora, Uncy Chan and Tokyopop Inc.l

Moiré can also happen if you overlap the wrong kinds of tones. This can happen in a variety of ways, such as overlapping tones that are different dpi (a tone with 50 lines on top of a tone with 60 lines), or tones that are set at different angles (a tone at 45 degrees on top of a tone at 60 degrees). See the following figure for an example of a moiré effect caused by overlapping two tones.

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It probably doesn't seem like much to have moire appear in your work. However, it can prove to be enough of a distraction that it takes the reader out of the reading experience — and that would be bad (not to mention itwon'twin you many jobs in the manga/comic business if publishers see that kind of mistake in your work).

[ use the same example to add tones as I do in the "Time to Lay Down Some Dots!" section of this chapter. So, if you happened to skip that part on your way here, you need to go back and follow the instructions in that section to get to the stage I'm about to show you.

Take a drawing that you've added a tone to and remove some tone to give it some highlights by following these steps:


1. From the Tools palette, select either the Lasso or Polygonal Marquee tool.

Hold the mouse button down for a couple of seconds to bring up the Polyline Marquee tool.

2. Trace along the areas of the tone you wish to use for highlights.

I use the pageOOl. cpg file for this example, so I selected areas of the girl's hair, as shown in Figure 11-14. The pageOOl. cpg file is available in the Author/Chapter 11 folder on the CD.

3. After you've selected the area you want to highlight, simply press the Delete key.

The tone disappears, and you're done!

Figure 11-14;

Adding highlights is a breeze!

Figure 11-14;

Adding highlights is a breeze!

If you want to get into some more advanced techniques of adding highlights, start practicing the art of etching your tones. Several books out there are dedicated to this style of highlighting and provide you with much more extensive tips and tricks than 1 can cover in one chapter. 1 list one or two of them in my top ten list of essential references In Chapter 16.

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