The Tones palette in Manga Studio Debut

Before you can start adding tones to your page, it would probably be a good idea to find them in the program. Fortunately, they're very easy to find: You just need to open the Tones palette, shown in Figure 11-8. To do that, either press F6 or choose WindowCTones.

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The Tones palette in Manga Studio Debut.

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It would take the rest of the book to cover all of the various types of tones available to use, so instead 1 point you to the Materials Catalog that comes with your program. If you have Adobe Reader (or a similar PDF reader) on your computer, you can view the catalog. From the main menu, just choose HelpC Materials Catalog.

That said, here's a general overview of the types of tones in Manga Studio Debut you're likely to use:

is" Basic: As its name implies, you can use this collection of basic tone styles that for objects, backgrounds, or whatever you can think of. Located in the Default \Basic folder of the Tones Palette, these tone sets include:

• Dot: Tones that represent one shade of gray.

• Gradation: Tones that shift from a lighter shade to a darker one.

• Gray: Tones with solid shades of gray in place of dots.

• Line: Tones with vertical lines instead of dots.

• Noise: Tones that use a random pattern of dots and other small shapes instead of a uniform series of dots (think TV static).

• Figure: Tones with crosses, squares, diamonds, and ellipses instead of dots.

j** Computones: While Manga Studio EX has an additional function devoted to Computones (which I cover in the "Computones" section, later in the chapter), a collection of those tones has been adapted for use in the main Manga Studio program. Located in the DefaultXComputones folder of the Tones Palette, these tone sets include:

• Emphasis: Tones that are used to convey strong emotions or actions.

• Feeling: Tones that are used to express lighter emotions (bubbly, whimsical, and so on).

• Monologue: Manga artists like to use a different style of word balloon when conveying the inner thoughts of a character, compared to Western-style thought balloons. This is a collection of various manga-styled thought balloons.

• Nature: Tones that you can use for backgrounds of a scene. This is a collection of trees, skies and clouds, and mountains.

• Pattern: Tones that you can use for the background of a scene. These are random types of patterns (animals, flowers, and so on), and you can use them to express the emotion of a character.

• Texture: Tones that you can really use for anything you'd like. These are primarily noise and cross-hatching patterns.

** CreatorsTone Vol. 2: Located in the Default \CreatorsTone Vol. 2 folder of the Tones palette, these tones include a variety of patterns that you can use for backgrounds, clothing patterns, or anything else you can think of.

i** Design: The tones here cover a wide variety of patterns and backgrounds that you may find helpful as you look and add a little something extra to your work.

Located in the Defauit\Design folder of the Tones Palette, these tone sets include:

• Image: Tone that you can use as patterns and rendered backgrounds. The patterns are broken down into folders (Clothing Patterns, Strong Emotions, and so on) to better help you find the pattern or background image you would like to use.

• Sample: Tones that are patterns and photographs that you can use as backgrounds to a scene.

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