Overlapping tones to add shadows

One way to add depth to a scene is to add shadows. With tones, it's a pretty simple task: take a second tone, offset it slightly, and place it right on top of the base tone. If you look at Figure 11-13, you can see how simply adding a second layer and offsetting it slightly creates a darker color.

Figure 11-13:

The difference between a basic tone and two overlapping tones is dramatic.

Figure 11-13:

The difference between a basic tone and two overlapping tones is dramatic.

Manga Studio Tone

In Manga Studio, each tone is on its own layer, so the concept of adding a layer to the page and shaping it is pretty simple — and extremely easy to correct because all you need to do is adjust the layer properties or remove the layer altogether.

To add a new tone, you just follow the same rules as when you're adding your base tone:

1. Using your lasso, select the area you wish to add tone to.

2. Open the Tone palette by pressing F6 on your keyboard (or from the main menu by selecting Window O Tones).

3. Open the folder containing the type of tone you wish to add.

4. Double-click on the tone you wish to use.

This brings up the Tone Properties palette.

5. Check the Show Image in the Page checkbox, located at the bottom of the palette.

6. Click the Move lone icon, located at the top of the palette.

Because you want to avoid a moire effect (see the sidebar "No more moire" for an explanation of why that's bad), the only thing in this window you want to focus on is moving the tone around to your desired offset. You can't adjust any of the other properties at this stage anyway.

7. Using your mouse or stylus, move your tone along the page until you reached the desired offset.

How you offset the two tones determines the shading effect, so move the tone around until it's in a place you feel happy with,

8. When you're done, click Paste on Page.

When you overlap tones, keep the following helpful tips in mind:

w0 If you're planning on using this same type of layer and offset, you don't need to add a new layer each time. Just make sure you highlight the layer on the Layers palette. Now, you can select and fill in as many areas as you'd like on the layer, and you don't need to adjust the settings!

iS If you aren't happy with the density of the shadow layer, you can change it on-the-fly. On the Tones tab of the Layer Properties palette, enter a new value in the Density text box and click OK. You can adjust this value as much as you'd like.

f* For a different shading effect, try overlapping with a gradient tone. Just make sure that you use the same line settings as the base tone!


Overlapping tones can result in some unwanted effects, if you aren't careful. Heed these warnings, and your overlapping tones will look much better:

When you add a second tone layer, you have to make sure that you have the same settings as the base layer and that they're at the same angle. If any of these settings are off, a nasty moiré effect will happen, and that's not a good thing. Check out the sidebar "No more moiré" for more info.

f Overlapping your tones is a great way to add shadow, but don't go crazy with it! Adding too many tones to a page just muddies things up, and it might not look so good in print. I suggest working with one overlapping tone at most.

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