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Tones in photoshop by ryo-hakkai Tones in photoshop by ryo-hakkai
What you are about to see is something that is for web-comic based. The digital tones done using photoshop is not suitable for production-based, unless you have a very high-tech printer that can print in higher level of dpi o__O

Since people kept asking me about how to do tones in photoshop. This is just a basic example of how to do tones basically, and not how to do certain tones (you have to do that on your own). I expect that you should know how to do it based on the examples shown. :/ (if the links doesn't work, try again later)

1- [link]
2- [link]
3- [link]
4- [link]
5- [link]
6- [link]
7- [link]

It's like CG basically, only that the difference is that it's in black and white format, and that there's none of those shading stuff X3 You can skip using the oekaki tones shown if you want but i usually use them :/ since i hate my tones to look so.. silky. You can take referrences from the actual mangas and/or you could just scan in some of your leftover tones in high dpi format and then save it as a pattern in your photoshop (just select a part of it with a marquee tool, then edit > define pattern and then just fill in the area with the fill bucket that's got the pattern option toggled on)

Examples of the tones that i've made in photoshop :

[link] - done with the pencil tool and added noise filter.
[link] - done with the airbrush tool and added noise filter.
[link] - done by drawing the rose with white paint on a gray background (which is then noised)
[link] - done by using the airbrush tool, eclipse tool,dodge tool and burn tool. Noised then added oekaki tone.
[link] - done using airbrush tool, then using the sparkle-shaped brush option. Then burn a bit on the edges here and there.

That's all i can say, i'm bad at teaching so i'm just doing my job in giving out the main idea. Just try it out or, if you're plain lazy, just find some available custom-made tones off some sites. :3
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SECONDARY-TARGET Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just to let you know, the 4th link doesn't work no matter how hard I tried. I consider you update with the new one. Thank you
AyaNyu Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love you!~ :iconiloveyouplz:
beefeebrillate Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2010   Filmographer
omg you saved my life! thank you sooo much :icondeathhugplz:
ruala--x Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009  Student General Artist
Ooh, I've been wanting to try a look like this! Thanks for the tutorial!
Falceto Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2009
Finally! I've found the easiest way on toning! Thank you! ^^
RikusShadow Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2008
Does this work for Photoshop Elements, too?

I haven't played around in it, so I'm not sure if it does or not. ^^;

This is a great tutorial, though. I'll be sure to use it if I ever get CS.
Doodley Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2008
The noise filter is the best!
Thanks for the tip!
yamazakimiyu Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice one! Thanks for sharing.
The-Diet-Elf Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
THANK you. So much. /= |
Fantisation Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really cool tutorial! Neatly organized! It was easy to understand, so I picked right up! P:

I only have two questions:

So when you say "get some tones from an oekaki" are you just repeating the tone in, like, a small canvas, then save it and open it in PS?

And, after Step 5, did you eliminate the rest of the screen tone with the eraser, or something?

Thenkyeww. :D
Kamachu Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2007  Student Digital Artist
Thats what I needed to knowww~ thankies! :3
that-thing-Eli Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2007
Is it ok if we use these? That would be awesome:D This tuturial-very helpful ~~ thanks for making it -^^-
luviebelle Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2007
I was unable to find the tones in the 4th link. Do you have a specific website i can find them at?
holy-shpootnik Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2007
This is really handy!
I'll be trying it right away! >w<

Thank you!
photoshoptutors Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2006
i enjoed the concept behind this [dirty tones]

very nifty


p.s. drop by the club sometime
rdfng Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2005
Wow, this is useful and a great idea! I'll keep this tutorial in mind when I'm using Photoshop! :+fav:
Sorairo Featured By Owner May 13, 2005
*can't remember if I posted or not, so I shall do so now, sorry if I already did before too :P*

This is really helpful and great, thank you soo much!!
yukidragon Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for taking the time out to show everyone how to make such wonderful tones using Photoshop. I certainly found it very informative. =D
Daiko-n Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2005
would it be okay if I were to use two of your tones?
-I will definately credit you
...I love the plaid one :heart: so this will be going into my favorites just for that~

thanks in advance!

(pray for me)
ryo-hakkai Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2005
Lol go ahead, i don't mind.
MundoMetal Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2005
Riksor Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2005's all about the noise.
okay. thanks for that.
*waddles away to experiment*
DianaC Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2005  Professional Interface Designer
Hey!! Thanks a lot for this little help. But you say that this kind of tones can't be used on a comic that will be printed... if, let's say, somehow magical things happened and the moon turn around three times.... ^^; hehe, now seriusly, what should I do if I wanted to print my doujin, not in a common printer but in a litography, to make it massive... what then? (hohoho, I'm so optimistic... )
bizarro4 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2005
wow, awesome tutorial! thanks so much for making it!
YamiMidnightDragon25 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2005
Awesome tutorial!
ferrygirlBotan Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2005
wow, that's so very helpful! nice tutorial ^.^
strawberryjello Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2005
This is an awesome tutorial, thanks, it'll be a big help. ^^ I never would have thought to use the noise filter for anything.
FIREFOXFLAME Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2005
Huaaa~! Ryo-Chan very baik wo. ^_^ Arigato ne!
ryo-hakkai Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2005
haha.. too baik for my own good lol.
FIREFOXFLAME Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2005
XD ne, Hikari chan wanna me to ask u if u can do toning on her manga for the doujin group nya. ^^ So, can? Sms me back nya! XD
Cynicalism Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2005
Very useful..must fav for future reference. I wanna try this out now... :3
Wasil Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2005
Yay XD :hug: *glomps you to the death*
Many thanks to you :heart:
*annoying* ~_~;
Sephiroth777777 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2005
x-kodoku-x Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2005
Rofl. At 2 AM in the morning? 8D;; You're like me! XDXD And wow did you have "Shizukana Yoruni" on repeat or something? XD;;

Thanks for the tutorial~ *____* It helped a lot. :3
ryo-hakkai Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2005
Yes i did get the song on repeat because i'm a loser 8D
yumiryuiko Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2005
AHH!!thanx for this tutorial i know how to tone my draws,my onichan never teaches me this!^^thnkie thankie!!
XiaoBai Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2005
*huggles* I love you~!!! >__<
alienpoki Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2005
See the problem with oekaki tones is I can't seem to be able to open a oekaki in my computer, just comes up as an X, like a broken image. Is there a website I can find those tones at already made for me?
ryo-hakkai Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2005
Lol i happen to bump into a site that has them :3 it's usually available in tones sites (sometimes they offer oekaki tones along with screen tones, i forgot where i got mine)
Hiatus-Girl Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2005
Really awesome~ Thanks!! :)
gentleness28 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2005
Dude...this is so helpful...:worship:
Gbeanjuice Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2005
awesome! and hakkai! hooray! XD very helpful!
univrsltransl8r Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2005
This is awesome! Thanks for the tutorial. =D
wiredgirl Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2005  Student
It's a good tutorial, but there are better ways to make tones. XD;
wingedcentaur Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2005  Student Traditional Artist
Well...I now know what a "tone" is. :D
rinidarklight Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
now maybe I can try to make a few comic style drawings of my characters.. this will be great help
Touzoku-Joou Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2005
Once I get my photoshop installed, I shall definitely be using this. =) *favs for future finding reference*
BluL0nLeyBre3ze Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2005
Perfect for my upcoming webcomic... XD;; I basically used your line art tutorial, shading and this one to make it X3;;; ku ku ku... So thank you so much!! I owe you a bunchies *~* Haha, front page again too.
fahm Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2005
Wow, thank you so much for this!
360eyes Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2005
whoo!! thanks =]
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