Manga & Comic Essentials: Digital Screen Toning with Clip Studio Paint | Ryan C | Skillshare

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Manga & Comic Essentials: Digital Screen Toning with Clip Studio Paint

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.



    • 2.

      Screentone Layers


    • 3.

      Tone Scrapping


    • 4.

      Exercise: Toning for Form


    • 5.

      Get Started Faster


    • 6.

      Screentoning with Gradients


    • 7.

      Toning with your Photos


    • 8.

      Screentoning with the Material Palette


    • 9.

      Exercise: Toning for Mood


    • 10.



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About This Class

Use screentones to make your drawings look like manga with Clip Studio Paint! 

Why is this class essential?

If you look at any of your favorite manga then you've already seen screen tones applied. Can you imagine your favorite manga with only black and white? It just wouldn't be the same! This is because tones help express depth, emotions, and form to manga.

Is this class for me?

Yes! If you have Clip Studio Paint then give it a shot! Even if you don't like manga and anime you still can use screen tones in your comics for a stylish monochrome look. If you're new to making comics then this is for you!

Materials Needed

  • Clip Studio Paint
  • A drawing tablet & pen 

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Ryan C

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1. Intro: Hi everybody. My name is Ryan and I'm an artist who loves to draw Mongo. Many people outside of Japan, including myself, love to read manga and wish to make their own, but don't know exactly which steps to take to help them achieve that goal. That's where this class comes in. Over the years that I've been drawing manga as a hobby, I frequently gotten comments that express how close of a likeness my Mongo is to quote unquote real manga. So I thought, why not share how I do it? In my opinion, a crucial part to achieving that Mongo look, our screen tone. Screen tones improve upon a drawing strength to achieve a wider variety of form and emotions. And that's what this class is intended to teach. So if you're a beginner to Clip Studio or just want to know more about how screen tones work, then I do recommend this class. If you only like western comics, don't worry, screen tones are universal and whatever I say in this class can easily transfer over. So even if you're not among a fan, I believe this class still has something for you. For the class project, we're going to work on practice in our toning skills with premade Mongo panels. Not only that, but we're going to be going over how to apply your tones to express storytelling skills. Remember, you need Clip Studio Paint and a very basic understanding of this program to participate in this class. Lastly, remember that at the end of the day, you are the artist. Whatever has worked for me may not work for you and that's okay. Alright, let's open up a document and Clip Studio Paint and get started. I can't wait to show you the power of screen tones. 2. Screentone Layers: Let's get started with Tony. There's a few simple ways to tell him. Click Layer, New Layer tone. For this panel, Let's choose a frequency of 60 and a density of 20. This will create a tone layer. Next, click the Clear button to delete the tone. Now, whatever you draw on this layer will be in a monochrome tone. This applies to brushes, hair brushes, and paint brushes. Try to use the magic wand or any selection tool to select the hair and press the Fill button. You've successfully tone. Likewise, you can also erase tone with the eraser or with a brush that uses transparent color. I use both, but I like to etch away the tone with the transparent color on a brush to get a sharper edge on some shadows. You can edit this in the tone layer property panel if you wish to change the frequency or density or even its dot settings. Another way to use tone is to simply click this little tone button when you have a selection. This will give you the same tone menu and make a tone layer for that selection. The last way I use tone is perhaps the simplest. Simply choose a color and paint over an item you wish. And then click the tone button in the Layer Property window. This will convert your image to a tone layer. Adjusting the opacity on any tone layer can also help get the tone that you want. Next, let's cover the tone frequency and density. Tone frequency is how close the tone dots are to each other. A tone frequency of 30 is more suited towards cartoony moments or comics, as opposed to a tone frequency of 60, which is used primarily for more realistic scenes and Mongo or comments. You can look at a tone density as how dark you want. The actual tones of V. Tones can be overlapped on top of each other as long as their frequency matches. This avoids more a which makes your tones a mess. If you look at most Mongo, they only stick to a few tones. Less is more. Makes sure that either white or black is the main focus of your drawing. Tone is only here to amplify the dark or the white, or guide your eyes to the focus of the panel. Remember to not go overboard with tones. 3. Tone Scrapping: What if you don't want to use a hard edge shadow, but you want to use a soft one. E.g. let's look at this arm using the transparent color. I can create the illusion of light hitting the arm by etching away at its tone with the G pen brush. Now we can see light and dark. But the solid edges of the shadows still flatten the image and create a graphic look that I don't want. Sometimes in your Mongo, you want to convey realism. This is where the tone scraping airbrush tool comes in handy. The tone scraping tool can be found in the airbrush tools sub tool menu. Like its name indicates, you can use this to scrape at the tone to create a softer edge. In breaks the edge of the shadow into a softer shape, which helps smooth the transition between light and dark. There's no one size fits all to this tool. So I recommend experimenting with a tool in its property settings. Using both a combination of form shadows and cast shadows help make your object way more realistic. This tool can definitely require a bit of patience, but I think the end result shows how affective tone scraping can be to convey softness. Consider shading your character like this for the class project. 4. Exercise: Toning for Form: Coding for form can be difficult for beginners. This is because it relies on having a basic understanding of anatomy and how shadows work. But that's no reason to not try it. What I recommend is studying anatomy and to avoid shading in a continuous line. Toning for form gives off a three-dimensionality to your character or settings without the need for crosshatching. Sometimes it isn't necessary in your Mongo and sometimes it is. You are the artist and you have to decide when it's appropriate to do this. Now let's try an exercise. Now let's turn this three panel page with three different light sources. For this Characters panel. I've decided to light them from our left side. I'll use tone to create shadow shapes on the figure. The hair is blocking some of the light from hitting the skin. Tone it by casting a shadow. On the characters right side is where a majority of the light is hitting. So while making sure to not draw too much tones on this park, some shadows cast on the hair is enough. You can clearly see where the light is coming from. This by itself is a fine use of tall. I don't have to go any further. But what if I want to emphasize a more softer shadow like back in the previous video. Well, that's what I'll use the tone scraper. Please look carefully. I'm only scrapping away at the shadows that are on the form of the characters. I'm not touching the shadows that are being cast because I want them to remain sharp. All shadows are not the same. Generally cast shadows are sharper than form shadows. It is crucial to know the difference. In this case, the shadows on the nose and the lower lip, or blocking light from hitting the other side of the cheek. In this next panel, I want to place the light source in back of the character. Since most of it will be in shadow this time I'll turn the whole character and etch away at the parts where the light will hit. Well, I tried to keep the form of the cheek. I'm making sure it's not make it the same exact curve as the line because it will flatten out the image. Now again, I'll use the tone scraper to soften the cheek and other areas. The only angle of tone I want sharp is the bit of the nose because the hair is blocking the light from hitting there. I'll add a little scraping on the eyes just to try to bribe them. Looks good. Four last panel. I want the light source to come from above. This means that a majority of the light will be hitting the top of the head. Aside from the hair and the nose, there aren't much shadows being cast on the figure. So I'll use the tone scraper to show a transition from light to dark on the air. Now for the cache shadows on the forehead and nose, I recommend taking photos of yourself with one light source and trying to understand where the light is coming from and then copying these shadows to the drawing. This is also cartoony. So remember you don't have to make your shadows completely accurate. Tried to light this character your own way for the class project. 5. Get Started Faster: I'm one of those people that doesn't label their layers unless absolutely necessary. That means I'm more likely to confuse my toes and misplace them. Actually wrong. By establishing a template. I don't have to go through the pesky issue of organizing my tones or even making multiple tone layers. I highly recommend doing this for Mongo pages, since repeatedly making layers can be tiresome. In a new document, Let's start to set up our tone layers. Make a folder labeled tones. In this folder, Let's make two more folders. One we can label 60 line and one we can label 30 line. Now in these folders, we can make our tone layers. We're going to make tone layers with a frequency of 10 152-030-4050, 60 line frequency folder. We'll also do the same thing and the other folder and make the same tones but with a frequency of 31. Click edit, register material, template, named the template and choose the save location. Now if you can make a new comic, you can click the template button here in the new document. Now the new document will be made with the additional tone layers that we made. This is a time-saver. I use this method for all my comic projects. 6. Screentoning with Gradients: Gradient tones can be used in Mongo to indicate depth and other stylistic choices. I'm going to show two ways to make a gradient tone. To make a gradient tone. First we're going to click Layer, New Layer, and then gradient. This will make a gradient and your chosen selection. The gradient layer has two blue knobs that you can manipulate. Use the blue plus to move the gradient layer wherever you want. Use the blue circular knob to move the direction of the gradient where you want it. If you move the blue dot closer to the plus, the gradient becomes more of a stark contrast between black and white. If you pull it farther away from the plus, then you will get a more gray tones in your image. Lastly, click the tone button in the Layer Properties tab to transform your gradation into a gradient tone. Now just like the tone layer, you can adjust the layers frequency to whatever you want. If for some reason you want to color your gradient, you can simply click whatever color you want with the Layer Color button. Now here's another way to create a gradient layer. While this isn't my favorite method, it can still come in handy every now and then. Make sure your colors are set to black and white. Make your selection, and then go towards the gradient tool in the tool palette. Make your gradient by simply dragging in whatever direction you want. However, if you want to make adjustments to that gradient, then I'm afraid you're out of luck. With gradient layers. You can still make adjustments to it by using the object tool. The blue dot and knob then reappear. Gradient can help affect the mood of your Mongo. Maybe adding a dark to light gradient in the background can amplify the characters sour mood. Or maybe just a stylish hair choice. It's up to you. 7. Toning with your Photos: The tone button also worked with your photographs. Let's start by clicking file and then import to import a picture of the sky. Place the image however you want, and then click Rasterize. Now I can edit this picture however I wish. Use any selection tool eraser to get rid of anything outside the panel. First, let's click the tone button in the layer property panel to turn it into a tone and then use any kind of eraser to take out any parts I don't like. Here's the finished product. In the Layer Properties panel. You can also click pasteurization to try to make your picture more graphic based on how many values you put into it. Personally, I don't really use photography in my Mongo and comics because I don't like the juxtaposition between a very real photograph in a cartoon drawing. Sometimes people can consider the use of photography in Mongo as lazy and unprofessional, if not done really well. If you're just starting out, keep this in mind. You can try this technique for yourself, for your class project. You get a picture of the sky and edit it into your manga as best you can. 8. Screentoning with the Material Palette: Clip Studio has a lot of resources. Let's take a look at what the material palette has to offer. Monochrome patterns. If you look into the monochrome patterns, tabs on the material palette, there's actually a lot of interesting tones. You can filter these tones by their tags if you're looking for something specific. Some of these have knobs like the gradient layer. Here's a picture of the sky. Let's use this one as a background. Simply make a selection and drag your tone and your good color patterns. I want to give this character shirt a pattern. Let's look for one in the color pattern section of the materials pellet. At the bottom of the material menu, there's a button that can convert this material to a black and white tone. So let's press that. I want the lines, my character to show more. So I'll mess with the pasteurization. Now there's a good balance between the tone and the line art. You can download materials from the Clip Studio Paint website. To be honest, I don't do this enough. I really should. 9. Exercise: Toning for Mood: In Mongo tone does not always reflect reality. What message are you trying to convey in this panel and what tones can match that message. In this section, Let's try to use only tone to portray different moods. I've seen all of these used in Mongo before, and I recommend looking at other manga to see how the authors use tone. Let's get started with this panel. Like I said in a previous video, a gradient can help express a depressive mood. For this next panel, I think I'll just grab the material from the material palette and use it as a background. Notice how the mood of these panels completely changed depending on the different tones. From my last panel, I want to demonstrate that low-frequency thing I was talking about a few videos back, lower the frequency of the tone even more to make it seem like a comical moment. But I'm not done yet. Let's try to convey mood by using tone only on the character. I'm going to start off simply by making my character a little shady. Maybe there's something mysterious about this man. For my second panel, Let's reuse that material tone again. But this time let's put the tone inside of him. Now it looks like he ate a really spicy pepper or something internal. Lastly, I can make this guy looks sinister if I use the gradient tone on him. But leaving his eyes exposed without the tone, really sell this image. I hope I showed off what tone can do to help express mood. There's probably a lot more ways you can do this for your project. Go try it out and see what you can express. 10. Outro: Thank you for watching. I hope you learned something new from watching how I do my tones. Here are the results from the class projects I've been working on for these videos. Share your own in the comments and let me know if you're interested in more mongo or comic related classes. This is my first time teaching a class, so I hope it wasn't enjoyable experience. I usually post whatever I'm working on my social media, slash ryan comic press. If you're interested in checking on my art. This was a fun experience. Thanks again and have a nice day. Remember to take what you found interesting and discard what you did. There's no one right way to tone drawing.