6. Sound Effects, Screentones and Color Adjustment

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[1] Sound effects

I created a new layer for sound effects.

Then I moved this sound effects layer above the line art and color layers.


(1) For this manga, I drew all of the sound effects on one layer.

The “バンッ” (“BANG”) in the figure below was drawn using the [Brush] tool > [India ink] group > [Bit husky] sub tool.


If I hide everything other than the sound effects layer, it looks like this.


(2) I added a white border to the sound effect in the first frame. First, I selected white in the color palette, then selected the sound effect using the [Auto select] tool. I then used [Edit] menu > [Outline Selection].

In the dialog box, I set the thickness of the border line and clicked [OK].


This created a white border.


[2] Expressing emotions with screen tones

(1) I decided to express the girl’s crying using vertical lines.

First, I made a rough selection with the [Selection] tool > [Rectangle] sub tool. I then clicked the [New Tone] icon from the [Selection range launcher] below the selection area.


(2) In the [Simple tone settings] dialog box, I set the [Line Count], [Type], etc.

For this manga, I used the following settings.


It looked like this at this stage.


Hint: Tone area colors

The drawn tones are colored with the [Area Color] settings. You can edit area colors in the [Layer Properties] palette by selecting [View] menu > [Show Tone Area] > [Show Selected Tone Area].


(3) Using the [Blend] tool, I blurred the colors into a natural gradient.

I prefer to use the softer [Blend] or [Blur] tools rather than the [Eraser] tool.


(4) I set the [Layer color] to light blue. Then I move the tone layer under the colors folder.


[3] Color adjustment

(1) I created a new layer and filled it with a dark brown.


(2) By setting the layer’s blending mode to [Screen], I added a red tint to the entire image and pulled the palette together.


(3) Since the image was too bright, I adjusted it from the [Edit] menu > [Tonal Correction] > [Brightness/Contrast].


I still felt that the screen was too bright, so I reduced the opacity of the “screen” layer to 70%.


[4] Adjusting bleed frames

I reconsidered the composition of the bleed frames and decided to adjust the fourth frame.


(1) Using the [Lasso] tool, I selected the area I wanted to move. In the layer palette, I selected the layer with the selected object. This can also be a layer folder.


(2) I moved the area up using the [Move layer] tool.


(3) As you can see, moving the layer made gaps in the colors. I selected the “floor” layer in the “colors” folder, use the [Eyedropper] tool to pick up the colors, then filled the gaps with the [Blend] tool > [Blur] sub tool.


(4) I moved the sound effects in a similar way.


Most of the manga is done, but in the next lesson, I will add some finishing touches to make it even better.

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