The Tones palette in Manga Studio EX

Manga Studio EX users have almost twice the number of tones available to them compared to Manga Studio Debut. So the folder structure in EX's Tone palette is set up differently from Debut's.

EX breaks down its tones into Rasic and Computones (not to be confused with the function of the same name — that's explained In the Computones section later in this chapter), incorporating all the tones and tone sets included in the Debut version... and then some (see Figure 11-9)!

The EX tone sets are set up as follows:

W Basic: This folder contains all of the basic screen tones, gradients, patterns, and backgrounds you would use in your artwork in one convenient place. The tone types are broken down into additional folders to help you easily find the tone you want for a scene or character.

Located in the DefaultXBasic folder of the Tones palette, these sets include (folder structure noted in parentheses):

• Screen (Default\Basic\l Screen): Tones that you can use to represent shades of gray on your page. The tones are broken down into sub-folders containing Dot, Line, Ellipse, Square, Diamond, Cross, and Noise patterns, as well as solid Grays.

• Gradation (Default\Basic\2 Gradation): Tones that shift from a lighter color to a darker one. Like the Screen folder, the tones are broken down into sub-folders containing Dot, Line, Ellipse, Square, Diamond, Cross, and Noise patterns.

• Design (Default\Basic\3 Design): Tones that you can use in a background of a panel. These can be used to illustrate a character's mood, or just as a basic background pattern.

• Scenery (Default\Basic\4 Scenery): Backgrounds (either photographs or rendered) that you can use as the background of a scene (like a school or a wooded area).

• Image (Default\Basic\5 Image): Images and patterns that you can use as the background of a scene, to illustrate the mood of a character, clothing patterns, and so on.

f Computones: The tone sets here are the same as those you can use with the Computones function, although these are specifically designed to be used like Manga Studio's standard tone sets.

Located in the Default\Computones 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: Tones that are really a collection of manga-style thought balloons. 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,

• 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.

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