5. Coloring and Decorating the Border Frames

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[1] Painting the face red with clipping

I decided to color the girl’s cheeks red.


First, I created a new layer above the “skin” layer in the “colors” folder. The layer’s blending mode was set to [Multiply] and [Clip at Layer Below] was turned on (the button in the red frame below).

Note: For more details on layer blending modes, refer to the following TIPS.

https://tips.clip-studio.com/en-us/articles/656


This layer was renamed “skin 2”. By clipping, color can only be added to the previously painted skin colors.


[2] Adding white

To add white above the inked lines, I created a new raster layer above the “border” folder with the inked layer and “frame 2” folder and added highlights with white.


[3] Changing the border lines

I decided to decorate the third frame’s border using a decoration brush instead of a straight line.


(1) First, with the border layer selected, I used the [Auto select] tool > [Refer edited layer only to select] to select the inside of the third frame.


I created a new vector layer above the selected “border” layer.


(2) After selecting the newly created vector layer, I selected [Outline Selection] from the [Edit] menu.

In the [Outline Selection] dialog box, I selected [Draw outside] and pressed [OK]. (The line thickness doesn’t matter.)


(3) You can edit the border lines on the vector layer from the [Tool Properties] palette of the [Object] tool. I changed the [Main color] to make the border pink.


Next, I selected the shape of the brush from the presets by clicking the ▼ button to the right of [Brush shape]. This time I chose [Dotted line].


After adjusting the size of the dots using the [Tool Property] palette > [Brush Size], I erased the original border drawn on the “Border” layer.

The drawn dotted border frame was merged with the other frame layer using "Merge to lower layer".


[4] Applying patterns to clothes with color patterns.

To add a pattern on the man’s clothes, I pasted a color pattern material. I first used the colored clothes.


(1) I made a rough selection of the target area by selecting the green jacket using the [Selection area] > [Rectangle] sub tool.


(2) From the material palette’s [Color pattern] > [Pattern] > [Clothes pattern] folder, I dragged and dropped “Tartan 03(brown)” onto the canvas.


(3) The new image material layer was placed above the “artist jacket” layer in the “colors” folder in the layer palette with [Clip at Layer Below] turned on. The blending mode was set to [Multiply] as well.

The pattern was only applied to the jacket.


(4) While I could have stopped here, I decided to use the [Mesh Transformation] function to match the shapes of the clothes.


Right-clicking the image material layer, I selected [Rasterize] from the displayed menu. This converted the image material layer to a regular raster layer.

Note: Since image material layers cannot be mesh transformed, they must be converted to raster layers.


(5) Before meshing the rasterized pattern material, I unchecked the link with the layer mask (the red frame below). This prevents it from being transformed along with the mesh.


(6) Selecting [Edit] menu > [Transform] > [Mesh Transformation] will display a mesh on the canvas as shown below.


I changed the density of the mesh from the [Tool Property] palette.

I increased the number of horizontal lattice points from four to eight, and increased the vertical lattice points from four to six.


(7) Then I moved the handles on the mesh intersections to create a three-dimensional effect.


(8) Since the check pattern still stuck out, I reduced the layer opacity to 70%.


(9) I pasted and rasterized the color pattern on jacket in the the first and fourth frames in the same way.


These images are much small, so I did not use mesh transformation, and only adjusted the size of the pattern.


Next, I will add sound effects and adjust the overall color.

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