Terminology you should know

As you work with tones in Manga Studio, there are two terms you should become familiar with: lines and density. By default, tones are set at a 45-degree angle. If you look closely, you'll see that the dots form a series of diagonal lines. The term lines refers to the number of those diagonal lines you can fit along one inch. Fifty lines means there are 50 rows of dots that fit within one inch.

The measurement can also work in the number of dots that fit in an inch. So, using 50 lines as an example again, it means that there are 50 dots within an inch. When you see the terms Ipi (lines per inch) or dpi (dots per inch) used elsewhere, that's what it's referring to.

Density measures (in percentage) the size of the dots used in the tone. The dot size defines how light or dark the tone is; smaller dots have lower percentages and result in a lighter shade, while larger dots have higher percentages and result in a darker shade. See Figure 11-7 for an example.

Figure 11-7:

The difference between tone with 5% density {top) versus 50% density (bottom).

Figure 11-7:

The difference between tone with 5% density {top) versus 50% density (bottom).

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