9.Finishing (Tones and Gradients)



Compatible with Clip Studio Paint Ver. 1.9.14

In manga drafts for monochrome printing, tones (fine black dots) are used to create gray half tones. CLIP STUDIO PAINT has dedicated layers for tones and gradients. Use these to recreate elements such as shadows and the colors of the characters' clothing.

Tips: What Are Filling in Monochrome, Tone and Gradient Layers?

CLIP STUDIO PAINT has the following dedicated layers:

·[Fill] Layer: A layer created when filling in a specified color.

·[Tone] Layer: A layer created when pasting a specified tone. This is created by applying toning to a layer filled in monochrome.

·[Gradation] Layer: A layer created when drawing a gradient.

Pasting a Tone Layer

Create a selection and paste a tone layer.

1 On the [Layer] palette, create a [Layer Folder] to manage the tone layers together.

Click [New Layer Folder] on the [Layer] palette to create a layer folder. Change the layer folder name to "Finish".

2 Select the [Auto select] tool and then select the [Sub tool] palette → [Auto select] → [Refer to all layers]. Configure the settings on the [Tool Property] palette as shown below.

3 Click the area in which to paste the tone and create a selection.

4 Click [New Tone] in the [Selection Launcher].

5 In the [Simple tone settings] dialog box, set the [Change screen frequency] and [Density] as shown below and click [OK].

6 The tone is pasted. A toned [Fill in Monochrome] layer is created on the [Layer] palette when the tone is pasted.

Note: Adding screentones on the smartphone version

To paste screentones on smartphones in the same way as on the PC or tablet versions, we recommend customizing the Selection Launcher settings.

(1) The Selection Launcher can be displayed from [View] Menu > [Selection Launcher].

(2) To add a command to it, select [Layer] > [New Layer] > [Tone] and tap [Add].


The area is automatically deselected after creating the tone if the tone is created in the [Selection Launcher]. In other cases, deselect the area by clicking [Deselect] in the [Selection Launcher] or selecting the [Selection] menu → [Deselect].

7 To paste the same tone to other areas, select the [Fill in Monochrome] layer you have created in the [Layer] palette and add it to the other areas by using the [Fill] tool and [Pen] tool.

When selecting a [Fill in Monochrome] layer on the [Layer] palette, click the layer name or the layer mask thumbnail, not the thumbnail of the layer.

8 Repeat steps 2 to 7 to paste tones to other areas of the canvas, varying the density and screen frequency to create different tones.

Changing the values for [Density] and [Screen frequency] in the [New Tone Settings] dialog box from step 5 allows you to create a new [Fill] layer different settings.

Tips: Mask Posterization

When toning is applied to layers such as [Fill in Monochrome] layers, [Mask expression] is set to [Yes] on the [Layer Property] palette. The results of operations such as erasing with the [Soft] sub tool of the [Eraser] tool differ depending on whether [Mask expression] is set to [Yes] or [No]. The content is also printed differently depending on whether [Print Settings] → [Expression color] is set to [Duotone (Toning)] or [Duotone (Threshold)].

Pasting a Gradient Tone

Gradient tones are tones with a dark to light gradient. In this example, gradient tones are used to add depth and express the direction of the light.

1 Select the [Auto select] tool on the [Tool] palette and select the [Sub tool] palette → [Refer to all layers].

2 Click the area in which to paste the gradient tone and create a selection.

To apply a continuous gradient to multiple areas, hold down the [Shift] key and select additional areas to select the areas together.

Note: You can also select multiple areas at once by changing the selection mode to [Add to selection] on the [Tool Property] palette.

3 Select the [Gradient] tool on the [Tool] palette and select [Gradient] → [Manga gradient] on the [Sub tool] palette.

4 Drag in the direction in which to apply the gradient.

5 Click the [Selection] menu → [Deselect] to deselect the selected area.

6 Adjust the direction and position of the gradient by selecting the [Object] tool on the [Tool] palette and dragging the operation handle on the canvas.


The gradient can be created in greater detail by configuring the settings on the [Tool Property] palette. For details on creating gradients, see" Tool Setting Guide" → "Tool and Sub Tool Categories" → "Gradient".

Follow the same process for the other areas, creating a selection in the area in which to apply the gradient tones and then pasting the gradient.

Tips: Tones Other than Dots

Various kinds of tones are available in CLIP STUDIO PAINT in addition to dots and gradients. Changing the [Type of tone] in the [Simple tone settings] allows you to use tones such as parallel lines and noise (sand pattern).

Complex tone styles such as patterns, cross-hatching and backgrounds are also recorded on the [Material] palette.

Tones from the [Material] palette can be dragged and dropped to the canvas for use. Create a selection to add a tone to the selected area.



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