Step Eleven: Screentones (final)
Finally, I create another layer above the main tones and again set the blending to Multiply. Then I set the Pencil to 10-40% gray (depending on the harshness of the shadows) and draw in the darkened areas on the characters and backgrounds. I may also add another gradient or two for effect.
A closer look at the ï¬nal halftone.
Now all thatâs left is to render the smooth grayscale ï¬le into patterned halftones. To do that, I ï¬rst save out a Flattened copy of the ï¬le. After opening the new copy, I do the following:
- Go to Image>Mode>Bitmap.
- Set the Output to 1200dpi, which is standard resolution for all print-ready line art ï¬les.
- The Halftone Screen settings should be at a 45Âº angle with the Shape set to Round. Depending on the ï¬nal output (minis, full-sized comic, etc.), I usually set the Frequency from anywhere from 45-85 lines per inch (lpi). For the books, I used 70 lpi.
The whole process from thumbnail to shading can take anywhere between 8 to 20 hours depending on the complexity of the page. Because of the background detail, Page 60 came in around the 20-hour mark, but it was well worth it in the end.