Pasting screentones into selections

Filling a selection with a solid color can (and will) be useful to you as you work, but I think that selections are most useful when you're working with screentones. I discuss screentones in much further detail in Chapter 11, but the short version of applying tone to a page is to open the Tones palette, select the tone you want to use, and then paste it in place.

Without laying down a selection beforehand, the tone is pasted on the whole page at once, and you then need to erase away all that you really don't want to use. (If you're looking for a more old-school tone technique, it's certainly the way to go.) If you place a selection on the page, though, only that area is pasted with your selected tone, as shown in Figure 9-16.

Figure 9-16:

While you can always fill in a selection with a solid color, it's even more useful to paste a screentone into a specific area.

Figure 9-16:

While you can always fill in a selection with a solid color, it's even more useful to paste a screentone into a specific area.

If you're looking to do something a bit more subtle than fill in a solid color or tone, try using the airbrush or pattern brush tools to add a simple effect. Simply draw in the selection area like you normally would on the page.

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