What the heck is a Zip-a-Tone pattern?! In the good old days, long before digital was the “in” thing, many cartoonists used what was known as Zip-A-Tone for shading elements in their illustrations. Cut out a dotted pattern, stick it over your art, and voila — instant halftone screen. Nowadays, you primarily see the effect in manga and you won’t find the brand name Zip-A-Tone anymore (since it’s now out of business), but you can replicate the process in Adobe Photoshop.
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