DOWNLOAD: Screentones

For those of you interested in the old school traditional printing techniques used for shading, idrawdigital has compiled a set of links containing a variety of screentones and halftones for your comics. Made popular by Japanese manga, this ink thrifty way of creating grey tones with solid black ink dots and lines is a common and stylish way to render shades in your inked artwork.

Here’s a sample of artwork by Shawn McCauley with screentones added in for subtle shades and depth.

Try some of these patterns today!

26 Screentone / Lines Patterns by Magda (C130)

For instructions on how to install these patterns into Photoshop, continue to the end of the post.

25 Hi-Res Bitmap Halftone Patterns by Michael Vega


Psychobob’s Screentones – Dots, Lines and Plaids


Skybase Action Lines


Enjoy these downloads – they should prove useful in your arsenal for drawing digital comics.

Photoshop patterns icon

How to install Patterns in Adobe Photoshop CS3 (from

Put the .pat file you’ve downloaded into the following folder
/Users/{username}/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Adobe Photoshop CS3/Presets/Patterns
(on mac OS X)
or C:\Program Files\Adobe\Photoshop\Presets\ (on Windows) .Open your Adobe Photoshop, activate the Paint Bucket Tool,

install patterns tutorial screenshot

Select Pattern from the Tool Palette options.

install patterns tutorial screenshot

Click on (1) to open the Pattern Picker.

install patterns tutorial screenshot

Click on triangle in the right upper corner (2) to bring up the sub-menu. Choose ‘Load Patterns’

In the dialog box that appears, select the .pat file you want to load. Your new patterns will be included in the Pattern Palette and are ready for use.

3 thoughts on “DOWNLOAD: Screentones

  1. Hey man, this was a very helpful post for me. I never knew you could install your own patterns in Photoshop. I guess I figure you could do it but never looked into it more. I can see how making some good patterns is super helpful. Thanks again!

  2. It’s made manga and b+w strip webcomics much easier to snap off. Apply your abstract pattern or background, and you’re set. Or add texture and depth to your line art. Simple!

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