6. Inking the Background



I’ll ink the background. I’ll be drawing on vector layers.

A. Creating a two-point perspective ruler

(1) First I create a vector layer above the “Draft” layer folder inside the Frame Border folder. Vector layers are good for editing linework because the lines do not lose quality.

Note: Create a vector layer from the [Layer] menu >[New Layer] > [Vector Layer], or click the [New vector layer] button above the [Layer] palette.

Note: For details on vector layers, refer to the following article.


(2) I will use the Perspective ruler to create a one point perspective with the vanishing point in the background audience.

I select the [Perspective ruler] located in the [Ruler] tool > [Create ruler] group.

(3) Dragging the [Perspective] ruler over the canvas creates a guideline. This becomes the standard for perspective rulers.

I create one more guideline.

(4) With this I’ve finished creating the perspective ruler.

(5)To adjust the perspective ruler, use the [object]sub tool located in the [Tool]palette.

Note: For details on how to use perspective rulers, refer to the following article.


B. Inking the background

I lower the background folder’s opacity and draw the background along the perspective lines.

I draw the background using the [Custom G-pen].

■ Custom G-pen

Change the [Brush Size] as needed. For a small area like this, I set it to about 0.7mm.

Since the pen will snap to the ruler, I can draw freehand lines that align with the perspective.


If the pen is not snapping to the ruler, go to the [View] menu and turn on [Snap to Special Ruler], or click the [Snap to Special Ruler] icon on the command bar.

C. Solid fill with gray

It’s hard to understand everything drawn so I will fill in some areas with gray.

I color in areas using “Create Selection” > “Create a Fill Layer” procedure. This time, this solid gray areas will become tone.

(1) I create a selection using the [Selection] tool.

(2) Selecting the [Layer] menu > [New Layer] > [Fill] creates a masked fill layer in which only displays the selected area, and masks the area outside the selected area.

In order to see the lines on the lower line art layer, I set the layer’s blending mode to [Multiply].

(3) Because the color was a little too dark, I lower the layer’s opacity located in the top right of the [Layer] palette and lighten it.

(4) With the fill layer’s mask icon selected, I can edit the filled parts with a brush.

You can also use pens, brushes and other drawing tools to blur and erase.

Also, if you want to add shading, create a separate fill layer and lay it on top.

I create the second frame’s table tennis table in the same way as the first frame and with this the backgrounds are complete.

After this, to make things easier to work with, I put the background layer in the new layer folder and change the [Layer Property] palette’s [Layer color] to light blue.

Next time I will ink the characters.



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