8. Finishing Touches and Exporting Tone



A. Adding white edges around the characters

Since the 4th frame is the most important, I will add white edges to the character to make him stand out a bit more.

(1) I’ll begin from the character line art layers and the white silhouette fill layers.

(2) For the line work layers I add white edges using [Border effect] from the [Layer property] palette.

(3) White edge effects are now visible.

This method automatically creates white edges when lines are drawn or modified.

With other methods, you have to erase the white edge and the line art and then redraw both manually, but this method saves you from all that trouble.

B. Creating sound effects

I create the sound effects like how I created the characters. First, I make the drawing color white, increase the brush size, and use the [Pen] tool to draw the word “カッ”(“crack”).

(1) I turn on [Border effect] in the [Layer property] palette and set the [Edge color] to black.

This [Border effect] is the method I use for sound effects.

(2) I make a new layer folder and move the sound effect layers into it.

(3) I select the layer folder above the [Layer] palette, turn on the [Layer property] palette’s [Border effect] and add white edges.

The sound effects are now complete.


In order to utilize anti-aliasing on the [Layer property]'s border effect for grey or colored layers, I recommend changing the [Layer property] palette's [Expression color] to [Monochrome].

C. Using Tone scraping to cut back and refine the tone

I will scrap away some of the tone to add strength and texture to the shadows.

(1) I select [Transparent color] from the [Tool] palette. This makes my drawing color invisible.

Then I select the [Cross-hatching (for tone scraping)] sub tool from the [Decoration] tool.

(2) I create natural looking shadows using this tone scraping method.

D. Finishing touches

To wrap up, I add saturated lines, as well as white splatters with the decoration tool and other small details.

▼ I add white edges to the speech balloon materials.

▼ I create a parallel line ruler on the background of the second frame and erase the tone with white.

▼ I splash some black droplets in the background of the second frame.

▼ I add a flash material to the eyes of the face in the third frame.

▼ I apply a thin gradient to the black solid background of the 4th frame.

The manuscript is now complete.

E. Exporting duotone (toning)

I intended all of the gray [Fill] layers to be turned into tone, so I use an export method that automatically turns these layers to tone during final export.

(1) I select [File] menu > [Export (Single Layer)], or for multiple pages (EX only) I select [File] menu > [Export multiple pages] > [Batch export].

(2) In the export settings, I set the expression color to [Duotone(Toning)] as shown below.

The setting [Duotone(Toning)] exports tone according to the screen frequency.

Note: On the [Edit] menu > [Canvas Properties] screen, you can set and change the screen frequency of the canvas when the expression color is set to [Monochrome].


Exporting anti-aliased or gray text may tone the line art, resulting in a rough looking line art. Even when painting the tone with gray, I will draw them as Duotone.

In the output file, you can see that the gray parts turned into a tone.

The manuscript is now complete.



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