Next time...! Suggestions for future things welcomes. Corrections welcomed. Help welcomed. Feedback welcomed.
1. What is a Screentone?
2. Anatomy of a Halftone: Frequency, Angle, and Spot Shape
3. Before We Start: High-Res, Low-Res.
4. Moire Pattern and Overlays
Image credits listed along the sides of images.
1. From Design to Print: Preparing Graphics and Text for Professional Printing by Sandee Cohen.
2. Real World: Scanning & Halftones by David Blatner, Conrad Chavez, Glenn Fleishman, and Steve Roth. Blatner.
3. Draw Your Own Manga: All the Basics by Haruno Nagatomo
One last thn... Would ou mind sharing with me that version of MS/CPS you're using, the dimensions of your page, and your working resolution? Thanks! I can already see you're tryin to appl 55L tone at 20% but it helps a little to know the context of the project that's being applied to. ^^ Thank ou!
I can't seem to view the first pic you sent me, so I'm not sure exactly what's going wrong with the jpeg export. But here is a copy of the instructions I had before. I haven't done it in a while, so this may not be valid. If you'd like, please send a HQ zip of your comic page to me via note and I can download and play with export settings inside MangaStudio.
-Create a copy of your file
-Open the new file
-Put all the tones into one folder
-Combine tones by right clicking on the folder and name it TONES_MERGED.
-Select merged tone layer
-Go to Blur>Gaussian Blur> Click (I clicked 4.70) 5.00
-Now click File>Export Single Layer>JPG
-I usually add _web to the end of the file name.
-Keep quality at 100, change Expression Color to Gray, leave Advanced setting as is
-At Output Size select PX
-Save at desired width. I recommend keeping width between 650 and 900px
-Change Rasterization dropdown to Quality
can i add you on skype to send you files? i'm not really familiar with deviantart so i think it would be easier to talk there
Example, I've been trying for many hours to figure this out and it won't go away . I'm using Manga Studio. thanks. I want it look like your example C with the sky and birds
#1----Version of Manga Studio are you using?
#2-----Are you getting moire.....
(a) when you print it out in a proof at full size?
(b) in preview mode on your window while working inside the program?
(c) when you export it to jpegs for viewing on the computer?
Just as a little side note:
So as long as the dots from the second tone overlap the dots from the first tone there shouldn't be a moire-effect.
So you could use other screentone familes too, you just have to make sure that the dots precisely overlap, right?
I make do with a lot of paint and recycled materials. Lots of watercolor books have section dedicated to special effects that can be digitized. ^^ Collage is also neat. Like, I found a really old dictionary to use to materials (I'll try to tumblr some of these things one of these days.) Marbling paper is also really pretty to me and might be worth looking into if you like that sort of thing. ^^
To blur BEFORE I resize. I always thought resizing it and then blurring (after I merged the layers) was much too taxing, and I didn't want to bother with cleaning up what blurred out of the lines.
But if I do it pre-resizing it won't really exit the lines.
I have a question, if you mix tones from the same family, will they ever create moiré?
Examples 85 L/ 10% + 85 L/ 30%
1. Sizing down from web will likely create moiré, even if you use the same lpis together.
2. Misaligned tone angles (such as when you accidentally rotate one of them; that gets them off-kilter and their grids no longer match up)
Hope that helps!