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Manga Studio EX 4 Problem: When I export my screentones are grey instead of dots. How can I fix that?

Before you export change these settings and this problem will never happen again and all your tones will export as tones from now on. Click Tone Settings as marked in Red in the first image. Then Click Tone Settings Button.
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A new dialogue box will appear. Click the options- Output All In Halftone Dots and Adjust according to output Resolution.
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Your exports should now come out clean like the third image from now on. No more random grey areas amongst clean tones, just all tones and dither as it should appear.
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The other option is to right click and rasterize all the tone layers. Hopefully that will help other MSEX4 users out there 
Get tones to appear properly when exporting and no longer have the issue of tones coming out as flat grey colours in some areas.
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Deeyosa Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What the usual tone setting do you have? For the lines setting? I'm not sure what to use ;A;
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DraconianRain Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, I always leave my angel at 45 degrees and I frequently like to use a range between 50-85 lines. I like small dots but I also draw very big. These days I have to work at 1200 dpi but lately I work on standard doujin paper B4 with a dpi of 600 and a tone line of 30-60 depending on how small I want my tones or how details I plan to be making my comics. Other times however I need really fine small dots so I am forced to work with paper that is A3 in size so I can get tones in this range [link] where the dots are so fine it could pass as greyscale art in black and white printing. Is it the lines or the darkness that's giving you the most hassles?

From research manga artists use 10% or 15% darkness for skin tones with lines appropriate enough to pass as flat cell shading. Mostly used with lines of about 60. It's hard when you start out but definitely practise a lot and try your best to think of it as a different form of black and white painting and the lines issue will start to get a little bit less confusing.

Your choices have been fantastic so far though. You look like a natural at manga art and screentones.
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Deeyosa Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really? Thank you very much.. I didn't know if I was doing it correctly..

I think I need to change the lines as I work at 300 dpi, 32.5 lines.. and I saw your toning was amazing. Mine looked weird. haha

Thank you very much again for your help :heart:
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DraconianRain Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yup! You're doing great. Just from looking it seems like you're familiar with tones you use them so well. The awkwardness will wear off though with the more pages you do.

It does tend to look weird. Go to preferences under File menu and go through and change all your views and image quality view to maximum resolution so it's less distorted as well. That too is another irritating thing about MSEX4 and Photoshop even. That should also help a lot.

That can always help out too. I know if you right click the layer you can change the resolution up or down that way instead of making a whole new page.

You're welcome <3 If you need more help don't be shy <3
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Deeyosa Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks I tried it and it made my lines more smoother, the same thing about the end result of changing to 600 dpi! :hug:
I started importing downloaded tones to MSEX4.. I somewhat don't like the end results of using the basic tones in the library. T.T

Thanks again, and sorry for the late reply.. I just sorted my messages now ^_^;
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DraconianRain Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
no problem. Just glad I could help. Me too. I tend to make a grey brush and convert it to a tone layer instead of using the materials library. Makes my stuff more uniform and less odd looking. Hard to balance but there's ways.
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:icondeeyosa:
Deeyosa Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hmm, have you tried comicworks? Is it any good?
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DraconianRain Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have, I loved it, can't get it in my country. It was awesome. I made this in the trial :thumb186478796:
the deleter tones in it were beautiful and it was very very very easy to use. It didn't lag or anything. The interface was very much early opencanvas. I think that is what MangaLabo tried to do only you can do more in MangaLabo and it's cheaper. But it was a great program. I always wanted to buy it but it's not often it's available for sale where I am and when it is I never have the cash to get it lol.
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