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Ultimate Screentones for Photoshop

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Some time ago, I created a set of screentone images which I used to shade this image:…
These screentone images were really huge and so I decided to turn them into a neat brush set. As I've drawn extensively on the knowledge provided in tutorials by other deviants when creating the original screentones, I think it fair now 
to share these brush sets with the community.

The zip-file contains 4 sets of tool-presets. Each set represents a different screentone grade (from 95lpi to 160lpi) and consists of 10 brush presets (from 05% to 90%). 

Terms of Use:
They are free for personal use.
Just don't reupload them anywhere else. Please link back to this deviation instead!
I'm also quite interested in seeing your results, so, feel free to post a link to your images in the comments below.

Recommended workflow:

1) Create your sketch as you’d always do.

2) Make your lineart on a separate layer.

3) Resize your image to the final size (This is important! Once you filled in the screentones, you cannot change the image size anymore, otherwise you’ll get undesired effects. Remember, we are working with a pixel-based brush set here. Its not a vector!).

4) Pick one or more gradient-sets and load them into your tool-presets-library. Backup your existing tool presets before!).

5) Pick a screentone, start with the lightest one you want to use. (Later, you can work your way up to the darker tones.)

6) Create a new layer underneath your lineart, increase the brush size to your liking and fill the whole layer with your screentone in one go (This is important! If you lift your pen and go over an area twice, you won’t achieve a homogenous screentone, as both strokes will add up to a darker tone).

7) Create a layer mask, and pick a regular brush (sharp or soft , just as you want). Set the layer mask to black (click on the layer mask thumbnail, and press ctrl+i until the thumb is black: black means that the parts of the layer mask are inactive) and pick white as a brush color. Now you can easily fill in your shading! (Here it is possible to lift the pen as often as you want. With a soft brush, you can also create some fadings).

8) Repeat steps 5 to 7 for every further screentone you want to add. Layers for darker tones should be placed above the lighter tones.

9) Have fun ;)


Please note:

The brushes were created in CS5. I'm not sure if they will work in other versions

I also haven’t checked if these screentones work when printed out. So, no guarantees! You might want to check that first on a smaller scale before making large prints that cost a lot of ink ;)

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P4P4Professional Filmographer

Thank you!

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SnowlynHobbyist Digital Artist
nice thanks for sharing ^^
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murdock49Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much ^^
I hope it is helpful