Best program I have bought. I might have said it on this blog, if so, sorry but really the fact it doesn’t crash has me in utter love as well as building blocks for building work in the views I want with snap to rulers, it’s made things a lot easier. Such an excellent screentoning program!
Any questions, just comment and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible!
This is for Photoshop Elements 7.0
Writing is huuuuge because I didn’t know what it would be like when it got downsized
Mostly random tips and very short in description. Quite possibly not helpful… hope not. But if you have questions or want a better explanation please ask in a comment. If you need a picture to go with it I will grab a screenshot no worries!!
If you have scanned in your lineart please go to the gimp video link below and separate your line art to make it easier for you. If it’s to complicated for you, change the layer blending mode to Multiply and keep it at the top.
I was watching this video and now I use the plugin in the youtube description rather than colourhalftone simply because it’s better, easier and has a wider range of tone sizes that you can create and takes out a lot of tediousness:
How to install the plugin:
Go to C: drive, Programs, find the folder Adobe, go to the version of photoshop you have, I have photoshop elements 7.0 so that’s the folder I go into. This plugin works in pse7. When you are in go to the folder labelled plugins open, go to filters folder, open and paste the plug-ins there. If you have photoshop open already, save your work, close, re-open and it will be working and located all the way down the bottom of the filters list.
How to seperate your lineart in just a few clicks using GIMP:
It’s VERY IMPORTANT TO CHANGE IMAGE TO GREYSCALE!! The tones will NOT work if you don’t change the image mode to greyscale!!
If you have any questions feel free to ask in the comments below
This is the same process and technique I used for all of these:
Digital Media > Manga (comics) > Pages
So, for most of us, we only have photoshop to use for screentoning. And searching for them is pretty hard if you don’t know where to go. So this tip is a searching tip and an implementing tip.
- First thing you can do is find a nice A4 sized screentone image, select all go to edit and selected “Define Pattern” and use the “Pattern Stamp tool”
- Use gradient on one layer, tone on a new layer above the gradient and play with the layer blend mode to get gradient screentones.
- Search deviant art for free use pre-made pattern tools. Download the PAT. file and install it yourself and enjoy flawless tones if the author gives the permission you need/are happy with, if not respect the creator and try find someone that offeres it for both free and commercial use.
- To install PAT. file, go to, your C: drive, find adobe photoshop (whatever version you have, I am using PS7) pressets/Patterns/ then copy paste the PAT. file there, open photoshop, use and enjoy
- Mix up the use of diffuse and the grain filter to make you own textures or tones.
In any case, searching deviant art first for free use tones that work in both PS and GIMP will give you more results than google. Also searching DA for screentoning tutorials will give you better results and turn out a lot more good useful tutorials because not many of these show up in the google search engine which has to do with google page rank which I really don’t want to get into right now, but honestly search DA FIRST for most art tutorials and it will turn out a heap of results. I actually go there for web coding tutorials before I google it. They just have bigger and better resources.
- How to Watermark Images Using Photoshop (makeuseof.com)