Adding Screentones

As a staple of many of your favorite manga, screentones help give your page that extra pop, for lack of a better term. Tones help to add color (rather, grays) to your black-and-white drawing. These can help add depth to your work and give you the ability to add effects you may not be able to do with inks alone.

To add tones to your page, follow these steps:

1. If it isn't already open, click the Tones palette button on the Main toolbar.

2. On the Tools palette, select the Lasso tool. (Or hold the button down for a few seconds and select the Polygonal Lasso tool.)

Using the Lasso tool, select an area on your drawing to paste the tone, as shown in Figure 3-14,

When you paste the tone onto your page, it's prudent to select the area you'd like to place the tone. Otherwise, any tone you paste will take up the entire page, and you'll just spend time erasing all the excess tone.

Now that you've made your selection, you can choose the tone you'd like to use. Looking at the Tones palette, you'll see two folders, named Basic and Computones. (If you don't see them, click the Default folder in the Folder tree in the left pane).

Figure 3-14:

The Lasso tool helps you select the area you'd like to paste the tone into.

Figure 3-14:

The Lasso tool helps you select the area you'd like to paste the tone into.

Manga Screen Tone

For this exercise, I suggest using a tone from the Basic folder.

4. Double-click the Basic: Screen^ Dot1: 35L folders.

Each of the sub-folders within the Dot folder represents tones with a set number of lines per inch. I explain this in Chapter 11, but the short version is that smaller numbers mean fewer lines, while larger numbers mean more lines. The 35L tones are a good middle ground.

5. Click the 35L 25% tone sample.

The percentage represents how dark the tone is. The higher the percentage, the darker the tone.

6. Click the Paste Tone button in the upper-left corner of the Tones palette.

If you check out the page, you see that the tone is now placed in your selection, as shown in Figure 3-15. Congratulations! Repeat the steps with different tone types, and you'll soon have your basic "colors" set on your page.

If you want to get trickier, you can overlap and erase your tones to create some more depth and dimensionality to the page. Check out Chapter 11 for more information and tips on how to do that.

Each tone pasted on the page becomes its own layer. If you have multiple sec-tions of the page that happen to use the same type of tone, you don't need to paste a brand-new one each time. Just make sure that the tone you want to use is highlighted on the Layers palette. Now, when you select an area, you can use the Fill tool to fill in the screentone.

Adding Text

Pictures are only one half of the equation when it comes to comics and manga. Whether it's for character dialogue or narration, the text of the story can be just as important as the images on the page. (See Figure 3-16.)

Figure 3-16:

It can be easier to uncle rstand a scene with word balloons.

Figure 3-16:

It can be easier to uncle rstand a scene with word balloons.

1 go over how to use the text in conjunction with word balloons in Chapter 12. For this exercise, you can use the Text tool to get a feel for how to add text to the page.

1. On the Tools palette, click the Text button.

2. Find an area on your page where you'd like to place the dialogue and click it with your mouse or stylus.

You see the Layer Properties palette open with a new text tab selected, as shown in Figure 3-17. Here's where you're going to add your dialogue.

Most comics and manga like to have their text center-aligned. You can do the same here.

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3. Click the Align drop-down list and select Align Center.

4. Click the large text area and type whatever you'd like.

Be sure to add a couple of line breaks (press the Enter/Return key) every now and then to keep from creating one long sentence. It makes it easier to wrap a word balloon around the text.

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