Time to Lay bouln Some Dots

One of the best ways to learn how something works is to use them, so how about applying some tones to a drawing?

^tco I've included sample pages you can play around with, in case you don't have a drawing of your own to work on. You can find them in the Author/Chapter CK )) 11 folder of the CD-ROM. While you can use any of them to practice on, I use pageOOl .cpg as an example in the following steps.

Open the page you wish to add tones to and then follow these steps:

1. On the toolbar, select the Lasso or Polyline Marquee tool with your mouse or stylus, and start tracing area you want to add the tone to.

For example, I use the pageOOl. cpg file and 1 traced the character's hair. See Figure 11-9.

2. If it isn't open already, press F6 on your keyboard to open the Layers palette.

3. From the Layers palette, select the folder you want.

You may need to click the + sign next to the folder and drill down a few subfolders. In this example, I select the Basic\Screen\Dot\50L folder.

4. Highlight the tone you wish to add to your selection and click the Paste Tone button, located at the top of the palette.

I used the 15L 30% tone for this example, shown in Figure 11-10. That's it! You've pasted a tone into the selection.

Figure 11-9:

Select the area to be toned up.

Figure 11-9:

Select the area to be toned up.

Figure 11-10: The 15L30% tone adds some color to the hair.

If you don't feel like using the Lasso Tool (or feel like going a bit more "old school"), you can always paste the tone layer as a whole, and erase all the parts you don't want with the Eraser tool.

Because this tone is its own layer, you can reuse it on as many elements in a picture as you'd like and not have to paste in a new layer. Just select another section with your lasso, make sure you have the tone layer selected on the Layers palette, and the black (foreground) color is selected. Then, use the Fill tool (G on your keyboard) to fill in the area.

Alternatively, you can use any of the drawing tools (Pencil, Pen, Marker, Pattern Brush) to draw on the tone layer with either the black or transparent colors. This is a great way to fine-tune what you've placed on the page (filling in spots you may have missed with the lasso, or trim off excess tone from an area). In the case of the Pattern Brush tool, you can add some interesting effects to the tone (especially if you try experimenting by laying down patterns using both the black and transparent colors).

As you select an area with your lasso to paste a tone in, there's always the possibility that you may miss a small section and not know it, even when you paste the tone. A good way to make sure you cover everything is to select the Tone Area check box, located on the Properties tab of the Layer Properties

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Figure 11-10: The 15L30% tone adds some color to the hair.

palette. When that's selected, the tone is covered in a blue color (or whatever color you'd like to use). This allows you to see any slivers of empty space you may have missed in the initial selection.

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