Scanning in our Line

Some artists like to get their hands dirty with a good dip pen, India ink, and correction fluid and would rather just scan inked line art into Manga Studio for touch-ups and screentoning. 1 cover the scanning process in more detail in Chapter 5, but here's a quick run-through (and a few suggestions) for scanning your inked art preparing your new ink layer:

1, If you haven't already set up your scanner in Manga Studio, choose File1: Import1 ^Select TWAIN Device and select your scanner in the Select Source dialog box.

2. Choose File1^ Imports TWAIN. Select Normal from the Import method dialog box. Your scanner's program opens. Follow its directions to prepare your line art.

3. When the Import Images dialog box opens, click the Layer Settings tab and enter the name in the Layer Name text box; select Raster Layer from the Layer Type drop-down list.

If the lineart is too large, check out Chapter 5 to find out how to adjust the image to fit the page.

4. Select the highest resolution possible from the Resolution drop-down list.

You want to make sure you have the crispest line art possible — the higher the resolution, the smoother the lines. My suggestion is to pick the maximum resolution relative to the resolution of your page. (That is, if you have a 600 dpi page, pick the 600 dpi option from the list.)

5. Choose 1 Bit (Black Only) or 2Bit (Black and White) from the Expression Mode drop-down list; select Threshold from the Bitmap Technique drop-down list.

I explain why these options are the best choices in the "Why not use an 8-bit ink layer?" sidebar, elsewhere in this chapter.

6. Adjust the threshold level by typing different values in the Threshold text box until all dirt and rough lines that may have scanned in disappear and the line art looks how you'd like It to be.

7. Click the Move and Transform tab and resize, reposition, and rotate your image as necessary until the image looks how you want it within the page and print guide (if applicable).

8. When you're happy with the settings, click OK.

Why not use an 8-bit ink layer?

Sometimes wlien working on a task, the simplest solution can be the best. That principle holds true when creating an inking layer. Because the only color you need to worry about with inks is black, you ultimately need only a 1-bit layer, which just happens to be black only. If you wanttoadd bits of white (or you happen to like the idea of using virtual correction fluid} to your ink layer, you can use a 2-bit (black and white) layer.

It isn't bad to use an 8-bit layer; it just isn't necessary sometimes, and it can be a bit of overkill. Using an 8-bit layer allows you to use more shades of gray than you really need for the purposes of inking yourwork. It also increases the size of your file more than it really needs to be.

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