Adjusting the image lager settings

The first order of business is to adjust the settings so you can see your roughs. Here's how to do that:

1. If you haven't done this already, import the image.

See the earlier section, "Importing an image file," for instructions. The Import Images window opens.

2. If it isn't already active, click the Layer Settings tab (shown in Figure 5-3).

3. Enter or change the name of the image in the Layer Name text box.

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4. Choose an option from the Layer Type drop-down list:

• If you're using the image as a reference for inking and you aren't planning on making any changes to it, select Sketch Layer from the Layer Type drop-down list.

This creates a layer on the page that you can't modify The rest of the layer settings are grayed out at this stage, so you're now done changing your layer settings. If you need to fix the imported image's size, skip ahead to the next section, "Adjusting the image size."

• If you're planning on making additional tweaks to the image after importing it, select Raster Layer from the Layer Type drop-down list.

5. Select the image resolution you'd like the image to be from the Resolution drop-down list.

The higher the resolution you choose, the smoother your lines are when working on this image. This choice is a matter of preference, so feel free to experiment.

6. The Expression Mode dropdown list sets the amount of grayscale you want in your image. You can clioose among Black (lbit), Black and White (2bit), or Gray (8bit).

If you're trying to import pencils, I suggest choosing the SBit (256 Shades of Gray) option because it produces a better-quality image. However, you can always experiment and see what works best for you. You can see the differences among the various resolutions in Figure 5-4.

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Figure 5-4:

The same image shown in various resolutions.

2Bit Dither 2Bit Diffusion

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Figure 5-4:

The same image shown in various resolutions.

2Bit Dither 2Bit Diffusion

7. Choose whether your image is a sketch or finished layer from the Output Attribute radio buttons.

This is useful later on when you're exporting or printing your image. 1 go into further detail about the output attributes in Chapter 13.

8. If you select either IBit (Black Only) or 2Bit (Black and White) from the Expression Mode drop-down list, select how you want the intermediate colors (the shades of gray between black and white) displayed in the Subtractive Method drop-down list. The following options are available:

• Threshold: Depending on the shade, any grays become either black or transparent (or black and white, if you selected the 2Bit (Black and White option). (Refer to Figure 5-4.) How the colors are divided depend on the threshold level you enter in the Threshold text box.

• Dither: This option converts the grays into a collection of one-pixel black dots of various densities (depending on the shade of gray). (Refer to Figure 5-4.)

• Diffusion: Much like dithering, the Diffusion option converts the grays into a series of one-pixel black dots of varying densities. Diffusion goes into a greater level of detail than dithering. (Refer to Figure 5-4.)

9. If you've chosen the Threshold subtractive method, enter the threshold level in the Threshold text box.

This helps Manga Studio decide how to split up the shades of gray between black and transparent/white. Each shade of gray has a value between 0 and 255. If you chose a threshold value of 100, any shade of gray with a value below 100 will become black, while anything above 100 will become transparent or white. Check out Figure 5-5 for some examples of various threshold levels,

10. If you don't need to adjust the image's size or position, click OK, If you do need to adjust the image's size or position, skip ahead to the next section, "Adjusting the image size."

Dither and Diffusion do not preview properly in Manga Studio. You will see only the changes made to the imported image when you click OK.

Now that you can see your image properly, you can focus on getting the darn thing to fit on the page!

Figure 5-5:

Examples of threshold levels.

Figure 5-5:

Examples of threshold levels.

Threshold: 27

Threshold: 50

Threshold: 100

Threshold: 27

Threshold: 50

Threshold: 100

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