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  COMICWORKS Functions

Importing Sketches and Pen Work | Four Kinds of Pen | Ruler | Beta Fill | Tone | Emanating Rays | Load Images | White | Enter Text | Layers | Save Files

1. Importing Sketches and Pen Work.
Prepare your sketch. There are three basic methods.

1. Scan in a sketch
Select Import From TWAIN32 from the Layer window. Import your pencil sketch from the scanner. Images can be imported as Rough Draft Layers with adjustable opacity.
2. Scan in a completed pen drawing.
Select Import From TWAIN32 from the File menu to import your pen drawing.
3 .Draw using the computer.
- Do the pen work on a layer separate from the Rough Draft Layer. The elasticity of the pen can be adjusted with a slider to give you the same feeling as drawing by hand.
- The Rough Draft Layer is set as a Grayscale Layer or Color Layer so the opacity can be adjusted. As this file is just for the initial draft, set the resolution within 150dpi. Low resolution files for use on the internet can be saved as color or grayscale illustrations in PNG format.

2. There are four types of pen painting tools.
Use the right pen for the job.

1. Pen
Draws clear ink lines. Can be used as a G-Pen or Milli-pen after adjusting the elasticity.
2. Pencil
Used for sketching with light-weight lines. You can adjust the weight of the line with the tablet. Not for printing.
3. Airbrush
Creates a blurry gray effect. You can adjust the weight of the line with the tablet
4. Airbrush
Creates a blurry gray effect. You can adjust the weight of the line with the tablet.

3. Ruler
Five straight rulers and four curved rulers useful for line drawing.

Choose the ruler from the Ruler window that best fits your needs.
Use it like a normal ruler. You can move it around, rotate it, change the center of rotation, and adjust the size freely. You can also move or rotate it using the preset values.

4. Beta Fill Technique
This really helps with beta filling and gives it a nice finish!

1. Fill in simple figures
With the Fill a Figure tool, circular and square areas can be filled in.
2. Fill in complex figures
To fill an area that is completely enclosed without any gaps, select it with the Automatic Selection tool and then use the Fill tool to fill it in all at once. (If the area is not completely enclosed, use the Pen tool to seal it off before selecting it.) This tool allows you to fill in wide areas with one click.
*Use a White Layer for creating light reflections such as in hair.

5. Apply Tones
Choose from a wide variety of tones and apply.

1. Deleter Screens
All Deleter Screens, 240 in all, have three levels of resolution: 300dpi, 600dpi, and 1200dpi. (If you plan to use a Deleter Screen, set the resolution appropriately when you create a new file.)
2. Pattern tool
Specify the number of lines and the density of the new tone. Select the round, linear, or square tone applicator.
3. Gradation
Specify the number of lines and density of the new tone. Apply in the direction that you drag the applicator. If the 45 Degree box is unchecked, you can set the angle freely.

6. Making Emanating Rays in a Flash

Here's the technique you need to easily make emanating rays. You can make all sorts of patterns with parameters.

7. Importing Grayscale or Color Images

Whether importing from a scanner or loading a file, if you use the Open command in the File menu, the Image Monochrome window will open automatically. You will be given three options to import the file: Threshold Level to 50%, Dither, and Pattern Dither. This way you can use photos or color illustrations of your own by loading them into COMICWORKS.

8. Using White

1. Use the Eraser
Erase pictures directly with the Eraser.
2. Use a White Layer.
Add a new White Layer (where everything drawn will appear white) and use the Pen to draw over areas you would like to erase. Drawing on the White Layer doesn't affect the actual image; so if you make a mistake, you can just discard the White Layer to restore the original image.

9. Entering Text

All fonts installed on your computer are available for use.

10. Take Advantage of Layers

Think of layers as a stack of transparent screens on which you can draw. Images drawn on different layers can be handled separately. There are three basic layers: Ink Layers, White Layers, and Reverse Layers and two Rough Draft Layers: Grayscale and Color Layers. Keep in mind that Rough Draft Layers will not be visible in the completed image. You can save them for the web.

1. Ink Layer
Objects drawn with the Pen or Pencil appear normally in black.
2. White Layer
Objects drawn with the Pen or Pencil appear in white. Useful for touching up or highlighting. White tones and white text can be placed over tones or text on the ink layer.
3. Reverse Layer
Writes in black over white areas and in white over black areas, always displaying the opposite of the layer below. This makes effects that are difficult to draw by hand easily accessible.

• Rough Draft Layer
1. Grayscale (8bpp) Layer
This layer is in an 8-bit 256 color grayscale. Unlike the above two tone (1-bit) layers, this is a high resolution layer that can take up a lot of memory, so we recommend setting the resolution at 150dpi or lower. You can adjust the opacity of this type of layer.
2. RGB Color (24bpp) Layer
This layer is capable of 24-bit color (16.7M colors). This layer requires more memory than a grayscale layer, so watch your available memory. You can adjust the opacity of this type of layer.
11. Save Files in Five Formats

The following five file formats are supported: CWX (COMICWORKS files), BMP, PSD, PNG, and JPEG.

  COMICWORKS Interface
You can control the window by clicking the top right corner of each window
Maximize Minimize
Resize Close
1. Menu (top left corner of the screen)
Click on the menu tabs to reveal the various available functions.
A. Toolbox
The Toolbox is a window that contains frequently used tools. Click an icon to select the tool you need.
B. Preview window
The Preview window constantly gives you the whole picture. The active area is indicated with a red outline.
C. Pen window
You can adjust the settings of lines including pens and rulers as well as thickness and pressure when using the Line tool.
D. Setup window
Setting changes according to the tool selected from the Toolbox.
E. Layer window
The Layer window lets you create layers as well as import sketches.
F. Select Area window
This window lets you save and edit the selected area.
G. Tone window
The Tone window displays Deleter Screens by folders. Choose tones from here and apply.
H. Ruler window
The Ruler window lets you choose and set various kinds of straight or curved rulers.
I. Color Picker
Use this window to select colors on color or grayscale layers.
J. Image window
This is the window you work in.
*Windows can be displayed or hidden by the View menu. If you select Format Window Position, windows will be placed like the sample image above.
*Click X to close the unnecessary windows.
*You can move windows by clicking and dragging the upper bar of each window.


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