Applying Computones

The differences in the preceding section aside, working with Computones is not that much different than working with the base Manga Studio tones. Many of the tips 1 give in the book when using tones work just as well with Computones.

For the following steps, I use the pageOOl. cpg file. You can find this file in the AuthorXChapter 11 folder on the CD.

If you haven't installed any Computones (I use the 600 dpi Computones as an example), now's a good time to do that.

Open the page you wish to add Computones to, and then follow these steps:

1. Create a new raster layer with a resolution of 600 dpi.

For the sake of time and space, 1 don't go into detail on how to do this. 1 recommend checking out Chapter 6 if you haven't already.

2. Select a Lasso or Polyline Marquee tool from the Tools palette.

3. Use the Lasso to trace a selection.

For example, I traced along the male character's shirt. (See Figure 11-16.>

4. From the main menu, choose Filter-.' Computones^ Tones.

The Computones palette appears, as shown in Figure 11-17.

Manga Studio Computones

Figure 11-17:

Computones palette.

5. Select the resolution set you want to work with from the Tone Set drop-down list.

The drop-down list doesn't actually have a name — just look for the drop-down list directly above the Tone window.

6. Select the tone you want to work with from the Tone window.

7. You can move, zoom, and adjust Uie tone in the preview pane as follows:

r/1^ • 7o move around the preview pane, select the Hand tool.

* 7b zoom the preview pane in and out, use the Zoom tool.

Clicking the preview pane zooms in. You need to hold down the Alt/Option key to zoom out.

• 7o adjust the tone within the preview pane, use the Move tool.

After you select it, you only need to click and drag the tone to wherever you want it.

. • To rotate the tone within the preview pane, use the Rotate tool.

After you select it, you can click and drag the tone until it's at the angle you want it.

• To set an axis point to rotate the tone, select the Pin tool and click anywhere on the preview pane.

• 7b scale the tone up or down, select the Scale button.

Figure 11-17:

Computones palette.

Manga Computones

Keep in mind that only certain tones can be scaled. These are usually the effects tones, such as starbursts or lightning bolts,

8. Select the color scheme you want to use for the tone.

The Color section really doesn't give you much of an option for color; you get the foreground color, background color, or transparent. What you can choose to do is set which color is rendered how.

For example, you can choose to invert the colors so that instead of black on white, you produce white on black. Or you can use the Render buttons and choose to do one of the following:

• Render Foreground and Background Colors

• Render in the Foreground Color

• Render in the Background Color

9. Adjust how you want the tones to lay on the page with the Tone Settings section.

Depending on the type of tone (or tone set) you select, you have the following options available to you:

• Paste Method: This drop-down list contains various ways the tones will lay if you want the pattern to repeat.

• Rotate: Like the Rotate tool, you can use this slider bar (activated by clicking the arrow to the right of the text box) to adjust the angle of your tone. Or you can manually enter a value in its text box,

• Mag Ratio: Like the Scale tool, you can manually adjust the scale of the tone by using the slider bar or entering a value in its text box. This option is only available for grayscale tones.

• Density: You can adjust how thick or thin the tone is by using the slider to set a value, or you can enter a value in its text box.

10. If you're pasting a grayscale tone, use the Expression section to set how the tone will look on the page.

You have the following options to choose from in this section:

• Expression: This drop-down list alters the physical shape of the tone. You can choose to use dots, lines, crosses, or a random pattern.


* LPI: Unlike the other resolution sets, you can adjust the number of lines in the tone. Simply enter a value between 5 and 85 lines in its corresponding text box.

• Angle: If you tried using the Rotate text box to adjust the angle of the tones, you probably noticed it doesn't work. That's because the only way to adjust a grayscale tone is to use the Angle text box. Just enter any value from 0 to 359 degrees, and you're all set.

11. When you're done, click OK.

Practically all of the tricks I mention in this chapter (and later in Chapter 14) work with both the base tones and with Computones.

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