Wanted to drop a quick tutorial on ya. Been doing this technique quite a bit lately - it’s an easy way to apply tonal shading while still in Manga Studio without cutting and pasting computones.
Here is a loose approximation of my workspace area and the layers I use. As usual, I keeps it minimal. The current hidden layer is my pencils, the ink is all of the black line art you see, and the tones are, well, the tones.
A lot of times in photoshop I’ll add a multiply layer over my colors and lineart and add a pure grey shadow stroke where appropriate, but this is the same idea for use with minimal colors. The trick is to adjust the settings on the Brush Pen tool shown above. I have it a higher size since my tablet pressure is pretty generous, but play around with the settings! The opacity is the level of darkness you’ll lay down, anything under 70% will have that tonal-computone look that’s not quite ben-day dots but close.
You can also adjust the ink amount, the percentage for what it was set at is written above. You can get some nice scratchy lines out of it this way, plus you can edit the brush shape too. Makes shading go a bit easier in my experience.
My Double Dragon piece was the first one I did this with, it had WAY more techniques and also had some CompuTones laid over top for additional effect. I DO NOT recommend this technique if you do a substantial amount of color holding, but if you do, here’s a trick.
when it’s time to export your image for use in photoshop - go to the file settings and hit the “settings” button. Change it to keep layer structure for output, and allow up to 5 layers. This will keep the layers as is (note you will need to delete the extra ALPHA channel before saving in photoshop as a jpg). You can’t use my macro for line art preparation as that is made for a single layer BMP image, but this method actually works fine with this. On the Maximum Carnage red variant, all I did was keep the black lineart as is, and adust the tonal layer’s hue/saturaion to where I wanted it.
Go experiment! Modify! Kit-Bash and make your own methods with this!