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Ravynne's Custom Manga Tools

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Yeah so I guess I'm breaking into the wacky world of resource sharing. No one asked for it, but here's my personal set of standard brush tools that I work with all the time. I like a sense of consistency. (This is basically like me giving you the pens and pencils that I use all the time.)

1-7 are pretty much the standard brushes. 8-12 are some fun extras I threw in for creating various manga effects. I may add more of these and update this set in the future.

If you like these brushes, please check out Redemption,
the FF7 doujinshi that I create with them:
Redemption: A Final Fantasy VII doujinshi by RavynneNevyrmore

How to use the tools, and generally in what order:

1. ~sketch pencil
Tapered ends, pen-sensitive opacity, hard edges, blue color.
This is for sketching, obviously. This is the only saved brush with a forced color (teal), and that's pretty much half of the function of this brush. Use this to sketch on a separate layer. As with actual sketching pencils, the blue color will distinguish it from the black "ink" lines later.

2. ~pencil
Tapered ends, pen-sensitive opacity, hard edges.
The only thing that makes this one different from the sketch pencil is that it won't change your color. The opacity jitter makes it look like a real pencil mark, but without the paper texture. (You could add that, if you wanted to and if you're brush-savvy.) Use this to mimic a penciled look or for shading/highlighting details in hair.

3. ~pen
Tapered ends, solid color, hard edges.
Your standard pen effect. Use this for inking lines, writing, and coloring tiny corners and pointy areas and whatnot. Any time you see me pen little notes with my tablet, sign my name, etc. (including the numbers in the preview here) I'm using this brush.

4. ~solid
Just pure solid color.
The most basic of all the brushes. However, this is different from Photoshop's standard hard-edged brush because, like all of my brushes here, the spacing is set to 1. That makes the edges smoother, which is super important! Use this for filling in large areas of color.

5. ~paint
Round ends, pen-sensitive opacity, hard edges.
Intended to somewhat mimic the look of a paintbrush without the brush marks or paper/canvas texture. Use this for digital painting, or for shading/highlighting those large areas of color you just filled in with ~solid. (Tip: Lock the transparent areas of the layer first, or cover them with a mask! This will give you the freedom to scribble wildly with your shading brush once you've already done the whole "color inside the lines" thing with the flats.)

6. ~nomura
Round ends, pen-sensitive opacity, 50% hardness.
So named because I was attempting to mimic the coloring/shading style of Tetsuya Nomura. :dummy: The only thing that distinguishes this from ~paint is that it's halfway between a hard brush and a soft brush, which diminishes the "painted" look but still steers it clear from the "ZOMGAIRBRUSHLOL" territory that screams "Hi, I just wandered into the world of digital coloring this morning." (Well...that was supposed to be the only difference, but apparently I neglected a switch and made it a little lighter, too.) Use this for painting shadows, or for being a sad, pathetic Final Fantasy fangirl. Or if you just like a softer shading look.

7. ~airbrush
Round ends, pen-sensitive opacity, soft edges.
Your basic airbrush, but with the smoothness that Photoshop's default lacks. Use this for burn/dodging the irises of eyes, or LIGHTLY burn/dodging hair AFTER adding the proper shade/highlighting details with the ~pencil. (Sometimes even after you shade/highlight hair the proper way, it still lacks depth, or the strand lines look too messy.) Otherwise I'd just steer clear of it for the aforementioned reasons.

By the way, all of those "basic" tools have that little ~ on the name in order to bump them to the top of your brush list. :la: It's like putting the pencils/pens that you use the most in a different compartment in your art kit.

8. clouds
It's a little easier to visualize this when it's light on dark, but use this in white against a blue background and you'll see what it's used for. I only ran one stroke on the page in the preview but it's best used when you run the pen back and forth over itself to create thicker, fluffier areas in the clouds. It doesn't make perfect clouds but it's a convenient tool for those of us who are lazy or just wtf over clouds. If the conspicuousness of the circle shape bothers you, make it smaller.

9-12. crosshatch 1, 2, 3, 4
Different versions of that crosshatch pattern found in so many manga. Truth be told, there's an easier way to get that pattern: use a texture. But sometimes you need to customize the appearance of the texture a bit more or simply want to make your own marks instead of using someone else's. (Actually, the best way to use this might be in conjunction with a texture and a mask.) This gives you a little more control over where the light and dark areas appear (while still appearing random) and how large the pattern is. Try using gray instead of black for a softer look, or use it to carve some negative space back out of the positive.

Oh by the way, these are all saved in CS5 and I have no idea if they're backwards compatible. :dummy: Or if they work properly on a Mac.

How to install:
As has been pointed out to me, these are actually tools, not brushes. :dummy: I guess the difference is that a brush is just a shape and a tool has all the specific settings saved, or something. I don't know. But here's what you do with it:
1. Download and save the file, obviously. DERP. :dummy:
2. Unzip your pants :eyes: the .rar and extract the .tpl from it.
3. This goes into the Tools folder of your Photoshop Presets, NOT the Brushes folder. On my computer (running Windows 7) the complete directory path is Desktop > [My Username] > AppData > Roaming > Adobe > Adobe Photoshop CS5 > Presets > Tools. The last three folders there are probably the only ones that are important to you. But if you're also running Windows 7, please note that you have to get into the Photoshop folders this way and not from C > Program Data or Program Files or Program Files (x86) or whatever other folder looks like it might contain your actual program data, because for some reason the Windows 7 program data layout is needlessly complicated as fuck.
4. In Photoshop, select the brush tool (B) and then click the icon way on the left side of the toolbar at the top of your working area. It should be directly underneath "File" on the menu bar and look like the tip of a paintbrush with a little black arrow next to it. Clicking the brush and clicking the arrow do the same thing (DERP AGAIN, ADOBE).

See handy-dandy illustration: img824.imageshack.us/img824/80…

5. Oh, and then I guess you probably have to go and load them in...

See this picture too: img821.imageshack.us/img821/92…

6. ...and then navigate to the folder that you put them in. Again. There you go.

Alternatively, if the file doesn't work with your version of Photoshop, or if you have a different program with similar brush customization options, I described what makes each brush what it is for that reason.  So you can just try to recreate the settings that way. =)
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RyunoOhi's avatar
Dangit.  It's not compatible with my version of PhotoShop.  ..sighs..  Any chance you could make a version for CS3 Extended?  Please?