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    Screentone?

    I want to use screen tone with my drawings, but I'm not sure which one(s) to get. I found some here: http://www.letraset.com:80/shopdispl...&ssctn=default

    I just basically want old school comic dot patterns.
    Nothing fancy, but I don't know if those in the link above are the best to get.
    Any advice is highly appreciated.


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    Letraset stuff is always good quality, and I think they're the only game in town these days. We always used to call that stuff zipatone, after the main brand (like kleenex or xerox), but computers killed them.

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    How does this work? It is like a stencil that you draw/paint/marker over? Something that rubs off?

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    romance, check this out: http://www.conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=6823

    im assuming you have already seen it , right ink?
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    copic makes them. places that carry copic markers sometimes have them. they make a really large line of different tones for manga books.

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    I already knew about that tutorial rook, but thanks for linking to it. Someone might not have seen it.
    What actually sparked my interest in it is that I saw a guy at comic con use it in his drawings and then I think I saw it in nicolas' sketchbook.
    I've made my own in photoshop and its cool, but I want to be able to cut it out of the sheet and put in on top of drawings and sketches.

    Flex: Thx for the info, I didn't know copic made it.

    I'll keep searching for other places that sell it and I'll post my results here, just in case someone else is interested in the stuff.


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    Haven't used that stuff for years! You used to be able to get them at good art shops/drafting supply shops, but they are pretty rare these days. In fact if it wasn't for manga they would have gone the way of rubylithe years ago. I think I had always used the letraset brand, but I can't remember for sure. There's also the "cut and stick" kind and the "rub and lift" kind, though the ones you linked to I think are the cut and stick.

    Unfortunately I don't know of any place that still sells this stuff. Most artists now do zip-a-tones in the computer I think... except for the hardcore (I bow down to you guys).

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    Letraset halftones and "Zip-A-Tone" are clear plastic printed sheets that have an adhesive back. You need to cut, peel and apply pieces to the areas you want the dot patterns, then carefully cut the shapes in place, remove the excess and burnish the remaining halftone down. If you work on your original drawing you risk having some of your drawing pull away when you remove the excess after each cut.

    One alternative method you might try is to scan the drawing as grayscale into Photoshop and on separate layers add solid grays to the areas you want the halftones. Then go to "Filter -->Pixelate-->Color Halftone" to turn the grays to dot patterns. You'll have to experiment with the radius to get the right sized dots. 300 ppi & up works best.
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    hey INK, sorry for not replying to yout pm, I was on holiday^^

    Anyway, I use the letraset kind as well (seems to be a favorite here), as to where I got mine...a friend of mine and me were looking for this stuff at the beginning of our studies at art school together....since the stuff doesnt get produced in europe anymore (same goes for the US i think, youre best bet is japan!), anyway, we found an art supply store where they were selling a huge batch of these from the basement where they had them laying around coz noone uses them anymore.... we got em really cheap coz they were gonna throw em out sooner or later anyway... ^^

    there was a tut here on CA some time ago... on how to use the stuff (photos and shit). If you can find it I would PM the dood who made it, seeing as he seems to use it regularly he'll have a hook up.

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    I've seen Deleter brand in smaller art shops, and in what my profs bring back from Japan.

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    i wish i could help. there is all sorts of this stuff in three huge art stores around me... if you ever need to have a couple of packs send out from japan somehow, just shout.
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    They have a small selection of it at the Los Angeles Kinokuniya.

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    There we go, kinokuniya!
    Thx mike, I had totally forgotten about that place.

    Ithink i'm going to order them through the letraset site, but its good to know kinokuniya sells them.
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    Outstanding tips, figure 2. Someone had told me about using that method once before, but you know how it is, use it or lose it.


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