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Sometimes I'll find myself looking for a pattern to place in a background of a panel. There's always the option to use one of the hundreds of tone patterns that Manga Studio provides. The problem is, sometimes I'd like it a bit more random and less ... pattern-y.

Using the Pattern Brush helps because I can place and break up the pattern however I'd like. It's nice to put a personal spin on a background, while saving a bit of time compared to putting the pattern in by hand.

Another great thing about using the Pattern Brush tool instead of a tone pattern is that you can mix and match different patterns to your heart's content! Try using different patterns with the Pattern Brush tool — you can create a pattern style that's uniquely yours.

You can access the Pattern Brush tool in two ways:

IV Press B on your keyboard until the Pattern Brush is selected. (The Airbrush and Pattern Brush share the same shortcut.)

f" Click the Pattern Brush button on the Tools palette.

After you select the tool, you use it like you use a pencil or pen — just click and drag or draw. As you draw, each pattern reacts differently, with some following the path much like laying down a pen line, while others randomly place pattern items along the path.

Click and hold the Pattern Brush tool button on the Tools palette to access a menu with the following options:

U* Airbrush Based: The pattern is sprayed on the canvas as if you were using the Airbrush tool. The Tool Options for this type of brush are based on Airbrush options, such as Spray Size and Density. Examples of Airbrush based brushes include Hazy Rings or Snow (see Figure 10-13).

f* Stamp Based: Image patterns are stamped onto the canvas. The Tool Options on this brush are based on the interval between stamps. Examples of Stamp based brushes include the Butterfly Marker and Hazy Rings (see Figure 10-13).

i<" Pen Based: The pattern is drawn in a continuous line, much like if you were using a Pen tool.

Some brushes react to the way the mouse or pen moves and rotates by adjusting the position the pattern lays down on the canvas. Each pattern is based from one of three bases, and as such acts differently as you draw with it.

Holding down the Pattern Brush button on the Tools palette brings up the list of Manga Studio's preinstalled patterns, as shown in Figure 10-13. There are a good number of patterns to choose from, and my description of them won't do any justice.

The options for each pattern brush is going to depend on the type of pattern you're using (Airbrush, Pattern, or Pen based). So, when you look at the Pattern Brush Properties palette, certain options will not be available to you, depending on the pattern brush you're currently working on.

Instead of going through the available options for each pattern type, I compiled a generalized list that covers all of them at once. To adjust any of these options, enter a value in its corresponding numeric field, or activate its slide bar by clicking the black triangle to the right of the numeric field and adjust the bar until you've reached the desired value.

Figure 10-13:

The Pattern Brush tool gives you dozens of patterns to choose from.

Brush A

Brush A

Brush B


Tone Lhe






Smal H«e

Any Spots

Ary Spots Thck

Haw Concerned



Sand Bubbles

Sard Bubb^B lack

Bieten LreButöet

S parties A

Sparties 6

SI »burst A


Flos«» Giadatan






Con<^6 A

Conieiti B





Number One


Heart A

H oatB







Music Notes A


Music Net« B



Blood Splatter







Sims B

Mew Eaidh Pattern


Mew Bturih Pattern


New Biush Pattern


New Biich Pattern 1

Open the Tool Options palette (if it isn't already open) by pressing F3. You can then adjust the options for your selected pattern brush. The most common adjustments you can make include the following:

is Size: Enter a value between 0.1 mm and 100 mm.

is Opacity: Enter a value between 0% and 100% to adjust how light or dark the pattern will be on the canvas.

is Interval: For patterns that are stamp based, enter a value between 0.0 mm and 100.0 mm to adjust the spacing between pattern stamps.

is Spray Area: For those patterns that are airbrush based, enter a value between 1.0 mm and 100.0 mm to affect how far the pattern will spread as you draw.

f Density: For Airbrush-based patterns, enter a value between 1 and 16 to set the thickness of the pattern as you draw.

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