Exporting to an Image File

If you're looking to save a copy of your work to use in another program, or if you want to create a file to send to a professional printer, Manga Studio has that covered. The Export function lets you create a file in many common formats at any size you'd like. Here, you get the option to choose what parts of the page are exported (such as inks, tones, or text), and which are ignored (such as roughs or the print guide). I explain these options in-depth in Chapter 5. For this example, you can try...

Take a Break Now and Then

I admire the people who can stare at a computer monitor for hours on end without a break. They seem to have the superhuman ability to not wear out their corneas or get a splitting headache. I may have had that ability when 1 was younger, but it's certainly long gone now. It doesn't hurt to take a step back from the computer every now and then. Getting up to stretch, walk around, play some video games, or whatever you want to do is a good way to recharge your batteries. At the very least it's a...

The SaVe Button A Vital Tool

After you create open your new page or story, you see a new blank page ready for you to draw away to your heart's content. Before you get too far along, though, it would probably be wise to know how to save your newly-created work. You can save your work in three ways m* Click the Save button on the main toolbar. v* Choose FilecSave. V Press CtrUS (38+S on the Mac). By default, saving a new document immediately brings you to a Save As dialog box. Here, you can name the page (or story), choose...

Help for the Beginning Manga Studio Artist

Purchasing additional RAM to help your computer while running Manga Studio Purchasing a drawing tablet and or scanner to help create your art in the program Defining basic comic page terminology Suggesting some storytelling tips Offering additional suggestions for when you feel frustrated with the creative process This chapter is aimed squarely at the new wave of digital artists out there who pick up this book. Maybe you're the person who always dreamed about drawing comics but didn't know...

Creating a New Page

Before you can draw the first line in Manga Studio, you need to open a new page. Admittedly, not a big surprise. To do this, choose FileiNewCPage on the main menu or press Ctrl+N (3 +N on the Mac). Instead of a blank canvas suddenly appearing, you see a New Page dialog Box with two tabs Custom Page and Page Templates. If you're interested in setting up your own page, read on. If, however, you're impatiently saying, But 1 want to start drawing now, skip ahead to the Selecting page templates a la...

Take Advantage of Manga Studio Tools

There's a reason that Manga Studio comes chock full of tools for you to use it's to help you streamline your work and increase your productivity. It's also nice to use a program that you don't have to necessarily shoehorn into working for you. I happen to like this program because I get to use real-world tools on a digital plane. Sure, Photoshop and Painter have line and curve tools, but they can't create rulers and guides on the fly and treat them like the real thing Add to that the myriad of...

Adjusting the image size

When you import an image, it sometimes appears much larger or smaller than you expected. (Refer to Figure 5-2.) If your imported image is too large or too small, you can correct the problem by following these steps 1. Import your Image (see the Importing an image file scction), and when you arrive at the Import images dialog box, click the Move and Transform tab, shown In Figure 5-6. Figure 5-6 The Move and Transform tab. Mee firi Tranrtr rn a ngi .jrei > t t* Proc imgT> p i. le v Scata Rel...

What Happened The Image Looks Alt Wonky

So you imported your image into Manga Studio, but things don't seem right when you view it on the page The image size is completely wrong And why is the color all gone (That is, if your drawing was in color.) Or worse, why can't you see (or only barely see) the pencil work you just scanned in Check out Figure 5-2 which is what I think would be a worst-case scenario. It's okay. Your image is really there, and it's a cinch to tweak the settings so you can see your art, as well as resize, rotate,...

Dont Overburden lour System

Manga Studio is a pretty robust program that doesn't take up too much of your system resources. However, depending on the machine you're using, that doesn't mean you should overburden the system while working. If you happen to have large amounts of system RAM, it's probably not much of a hassle or problem to run six or seven different programs at once on your computer. If you have a basic 512MR of RAM, though, running that many programs at once is just going to run your poor computer into the...

Creating a Neut Lager

To create a new layer on your page, follow these steps Pressing Ctrl+Shift+N (I6+Shift+N on the Mac) on your keyboard or Clicking the New Layer button on the Layers palette. (Press F4 on your keyboard if the Layers palette isn't visible.) 2. Enter the name of the layer in the New Layer text box. 3. Choose the type of layer you wish to create from the Layer Type dropdown list. The previous section, Getting to Know Your Layer Types, describes the different types of layers you can choose from. If...

Putting Miscellaneous Functions to

These are the hodgepodge functions that, while not exactly fitting into a specific category, continue the convenience theme that Manga Studio EX provides you. They might not seem like much, but when you're working towards a deadline, you may find these small things can help build up some extra time that you can devote to other things. 3 1 8 '> art Advanced Tips and Tricks __ The consecutive scanning function in Manga Studio EX allows you to do pretty much what you'd expect it to do,...

Converting a selection to a panel layer

The easiest way to create a panel layer is to simply use your selection tool (Lasso or Polyline), create a selection on the page (I explain how to create selections in Chapter 9), and convert it into a panel layer. You can create any size or shape selection, and Manga Studio converts the rectangular size around the selection into a new panel layer. To create a panel layer from a selection, follow these steps 1. From the Tools palette, select either the Marquee (rectangle, circle, or polygon) or...

Understanding Hou Tones Work

Have you ever seen a picture mosaic at one of those art photography stores in the mall If you look really closely at one of those pictures, you see hundreds or thousands of tiny images. Impressive in and of itself, hut when you stand back, you see that all the tiny pictures become part of one large picture. It's all in how the mind perceives and mentally stitches together all those tiny pieces to create the one large image. Tones work the same way. Take a look at Figure 11-1. The image on the...

About This Book

To say that Manga Studio is feature rich is a bit of an understatement. If you've used Photoshop before, much of how Manga Studio works will seem somewhat familiar, if not exactly the same. But if the realm of digital art is a brand-new concept to you, you might become overwhelmed at first. Rightly so Manga Studio is a very dense and robust program. Heck, while going over the program for the purposes of this book, I discovered that I had previously used only about 30 to 40 percent of its full...

Fitting selections

There are two ways to fill in a selection in Manga Studio v* Select the Fill tool in the Tools palette and click the selection with your mouse or stylus If you choose EdiK> Fill Selection, the Fill Selection dialog box appears, as shown in Figure 9-15. If you're using Manga Studio Debut, you see only the option to choose the color you wish to fill the selection with (foreground color, background color, or transparent which I guess would be the equivalent to deleting the area). Click the color...

Using Tones

Resources How to Draw Manga Computones, Volumes 1-5, by Knife Senno (Graphic-Sha) Obviously, a perk to purchasing any of these books is the bonus CD containing additional Computones that Manga Studio EX users can use. That isn't why I'm suggesting you check this series of books out, though. When I first started playing with tones, I was surprised to find very little information on exactly how to work with them. It was a while later that I discovered the first of Graphic-Sha's books on using...

Bracing Manga

Resource Manga For Dummies, by Kensuke Okabayashi (Wiley) Of course I'm going to reference a fellow For Dummies author Seriously though, Kensuke Okabayashi's book is perfect for the beginning manga artist. He works to include many of the basics of drawing and character design in this book, with many simple tips and instructions to get you started down the path towards creating your own work. 1 think the thing to keep in mind when you're first starting out is to not lose faith. It's easy to get...

Inking lour Work

When done right, inking can bring out things on a page that the penciler never even thought of doing. Done poorly, inking can instantly ruin even the best pencil work. Fortunately, you can practice your inking as much as you want in Manga Studio, and you don't have to touch the roughs That's because the inks are placed on a different layer than the roughs. (See the preceding section for the steps to create new layers.) To use the pen, just click the Pen tool button on the Tools palette with...

Adding Screentones

As a staple of many of your favorite manga, screentones help give your page that extra pop, for lack of a better term. Tones help to add color (rather, grays) to your black-and-white drawing. These can help add depth to your work and give you the ability to add effects you may not be able to do with inks alone. To add tones to your page, follow these steps 1. If it isn't already open, click the Tones palette button on the Main toolbar. 2. On the Tools palette, select the Lasso tool. (Or hold...

Examining How Tones Work in Manga Studio

As I mention in the introduction of this chapter, a major problem with using tones in your work is cost. That's why the advent of digital programs like Manga Studio is so beneficial to the industry The amount of money you save by having an almost infinite supply of tones at your disposal is outstanding. Unlike some programs that use digital tones, the ones in Manga Studio are vector based. Much like the vector layers available to Manga Studio EX users for their ink work, the vector tones allow...

The Basics or Getting ReAcquainted With the Selection Toots

Before you can start working with selections, it would probably be a good idea to discuss exactly how to create them. If you're familiar with Photoshop or Painter, you'll find that Manga Studio provides all the same selection tools that those other programs offer. That said, you should still read on, as you'll find that there are additional settings and general tweaks you can do to these tools that you can't do in either of those programs. (I've looked, trust me ) Manga Studio provides three...

Using your scanner

Manga Studio offers several options for importing your work into the program. The most direct method is to scan in your artwork. Before you can scan anything, you need to let Manga Studio know where your scanner is. To do so, follow these steps 1. From the main menu, choose File1- Import1-.' Select TWAIN Device. The Select Source dialog box opens with a selection of peripheral devices it believes could be your scanner. See Figure 5-1. 2. Select the device from the list and click the Select...

Adjusting panel rulers uith the Object Selector tool

You have several means to adjust panel rulers in Manga Studio, and a good amount of them involve the Object Selector tool, located on the Tools palette. Just like if you were using it for regular rulers and guides in the program see Chapter 8 , the Object Selector allows you to select and manipulate the panel rulers however you'd like. In fact, even though I explain some other functions you can use to adjust things easily, you really could get by using only the Panel Cutter and Object Selector...

Working with Selections and Selection Layers

Using the Marquee, lasso, and Magic Wand tools to create basic selections Filling in, outlining, and deleting items within a selection Creating and editing selection layer selections Using Quick Select and Quick Mask functions In Manga Studio EX Mi you're new to the world of digital art programs, you might be a bit con-m, fused when 1 mention the term selection tools. However, ask a veteran digital artist about the term, and you'll find out just how important some would even say vital selection...

Quick Select

You use the Quick Selection feature to convert a selection layer into an image layer selection. But wait, isn't that what the Convert Layer to Selection function is for Yes, but unlike that function, the Quick Select command focuses on only one layer at a time. What's more, you can switch between selection layers, and the program automatically converts the active selection to match the active layer's selection area. So, you don't need to go back to the Convert Layer to Selection command every...

The Shape toot

Like the Line tool, the Rectangle Circle Polygon tool what 1 call the Shape tool for short it's much easier to type creates a simple, no-frills shape to an image layer. If you aren't looking to add anything special to the line work, this is a very easy and quick means to add whatever shapes you need. If you want to use the Shape tool, click its button on the Tools palette. When you activate the Tool Options F3 on your keyboard you see something similar to Figure 8-3. Here's how the basic Shape...

Advanced Tips and Tricks

Manga Studio Tip

Tm going to assume that most oi you - but not all oi you - understand, that this session on 'masking has to do viith Manga Studio. f you've already looked through the first three parts of this book, you have a pretty good grasp of what you can do with Manga Studio. Or do you This part is all about the more advanced tips, tricks, and functions in Manga Studio, with a heavy emphasis on the EX version of the program. Chapter 14 covers advanced features of both Manga Studio Debut and EX, while...

Customizing your pens and markers

You may find that the pens and markers Manga Studio provides aren't quite to your liking. Maybe the pressure sensitivity is too hard or too soft. Or perhaps you'd like the lines to taper more than they currently do. Not a problem. I cover how to customize your tools in greater detail in Chapter 14, but here's a quick overview of the options you can adjust for your pen or marker with the Tool Options palette, shown in Figure 10-6. Press F3 to activate the palette if you can't see it. Unless...

Online Fomms

You can read all the books and visit all the sites I suggest in this chapter, and it hopefully helps build your knowledge of creating comics. But knowledge can be nothing without application, and what better way to find out how well you're applying what you've learned than by getting real-time feedback from a group of your peers Sprinkled throughout the comics community are many message boards devoted to sharing art with others, with users ready to give critiques to anyone brave enough to step...

Creating your ovOn tone

There's always the possibility that none of the tone patterns that Manga Studio has are what you want. You may be looking for something a bit more unique something that you can call your own. So, make your own pattern It's easy to do in Manga Studio any drawing or picture will work. Simply choose the pattern you wish to create and add it to the program as your own custom tone. Then, you can use and reuse it as often as you like To create your own pattern tone from a drawing, follow these steps...

Is Shading In Manga Done By Pencil Or

Truth be told, there's nothing stopping you from using your tight pencil line art in place of inks. Some artists actually prefer using pencils, as they create a softer shade over the solid black of inks. A great example of a comic done with just pencils is Fred Gallagher's uber-popular webcomic, MegaTokyo www. mega tokyo. com . If you look through some of the pages of my own webcomic cheap plug warning , Chibi Cheerleaders From Outer Space www. chibi cheerleaders. com , you'll also see many...

Adding Depth to Jour Tones

To paraphrase an old adage, sometimes it's best to keep things simple. In the case of tones, sometimes it just works, stylistically, to add a simple layer to an object and leave it at that. The Trigun manga, for example, doesn't go too crazy with tones usually, a simple screen or gradient tone is all that you need for a character or background. But really, what fun is that You want to add a bit more dimension and pizzazz to your work, right Give your page just that little extra to help it pop...

Understanding and Taking Advantage of the Manga Studio EX Palettes

The basic palette that users of Manga Studio Debut and EX have has been covered throughout the course of this book. However, I'm sure you EX users have noticed an additional group of palettes that I haven't touched on yet. To avoid confusion for the Debut users, I set aside these exclusive palettes to this chapter, where I would be able to discuss them in further depth. Considering the cool features you now have at your disposal, you'll be glad I saved these palettes for last. If you want to...

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Inking lour Comics

Resource The Art of Comic-Book Inking, 2nd Edition, by Gary Martin with various authors Dark Horse Using Manga Studio to ink your work digitally is great. You don't need to worry about running out of ink, or ruining a pen tip because you forgot to properly clean it, or cursing the high heavens when your cat knocks the ink well all over the page you just finished. Now you just need to pray the cat doesn't accidentally pull the plug on your computer before you get a chance to save you work. But...

The Pencil and Eraser loots lour NevU Best Friends

As a person who likes to consider himself a penciler above all else, I find the Pencil and Eraser tools to be the items I absolutely, positively need to have. They give me the freedom 1 want to just go crazy with my roughs like I would with a traditional pencil and paper. The kicker is, with Manga Studio's Pencil and Eraser tools, 1 don't waste paper as I struggle to figure out exactly what 1 want to draw. Believe me, that happens more often than not However, these tools aren't just for those...

Transforming selections

In my opinion, the most important thing you can do with a selection, especially if you've selected a particular object, is transform it. The transformation can range from scaling the selection, to rotating it, to distorting it, to simply moving it around the page. Whatever you plan on using it for, you may find it a great timesaver when you make a mistake on the page. I've lost track of the number of times I've worked on a piece of art and discover that I've drawn the head of a character too...

Acquiring Useful Tools

I'll take the leap of faith and assume that you already have a computer running some flavor of Windows or Mac OS X sorry, Linux users You can always see if the program will run though Wine , or else you probably wouldn't be reading this book. However, there are a few pieces of hardware, both internal to your computer as well as external, that you may find useful to have. What's more, you don't need to go on a massive spending spree to get them. Appendix A to this book contains the absolute...

Terminology you should know

As you work with tones in Manga Studio, there are two terms you should become familiar with lines and density. By default, tones are set at a 45-degree angle. If you look closely, you'll see that the dots form a series of diagonal lines. The term lines refers to the number of those diagonal lines you can fit along one inch. Fifty lines means there are 50 rows of dots that fit within one inch. The measurement can also work in the number of dots that fit in an inch. So, using 50 lines as an...

Adjusting and Transforming Rulers

You're going to need to become very familiar with two tools vital to working with rulers in Manga Studio the Object Selector and the Ruler Manipulator. These tools are the ones you'll need to use to make any kind of adjustments or transformations to your rulers. Any kind of specific adjustments you want to make to rulers involves using the Object Selector tool, located on the Tools palette. Chapter 7 discusses the Object Selector in depth. You use the Object Selector to manipulate the endpoints...

OnDemand Publishing

You see the finished project in front of you in Manga Studio, and you're ready to print it out and distribute it to the masses, either through the mail or possibly at a comic or anime convention. So the next question on your lips is probably, How do I do that The simplest and least expensive option is to create an ashcan comic. All you need to have is a printer, a large stack of paper, a paper cutter, and a stapler. As you can probably surmise, the idea here is to simply...

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LOST ik TUE MALL Parkjng L T JKISPLACED amp ALLE.RV INVITATION ' AND, 1- BAP UAIROJT-WHY f E for Han a Studio, many o stovies. would have remained untold. 50, you either bought a copy of Manga Studio and picked this book up because you aren't exactly sure where to go from here, or maybe you saw this on the bookshelf and would like to know exactly what Manga Studio is. This first part of the book gives you some understanding as to what this program is and what it can do to help you create comics...

The Benefits of Using Lagers

1 like to think of the layers feature as an all-in-one solution while drawing digitally. Now, I know that people tend to throw the term all-in-one around quite a bit, sometimes incorrectly. In the case of Manga Studio, however, 1 feel it's apropos using the layers feature allows you to have all kinds of drawing space, tools, guides, and so forth all in one convenient place. For drawing, layers are like a near-infinite stack of tracing paper. On one layer, you can work on your pencil roughs,...

Expanding panels

A recurring trend in comics and manga is expanding the artwork of a panel all the way to the edge of the page. It's a seemingly little trick, but it's really an effective tool if you want to bring the reader a little further into the scene you're looking to establish. Follow these steps to expand a panel to the edge of the page 1. Select the Object Selector from the Tools palette and make sure that the Select All Continuous Points on Ruler check box is selected on the Tool Options palette. 2....

Inking in the Lines

Whether you've scanned in your line art and you're just planning to touch up your art or you're inking totally within the program, Manga Studio has you covered. The program provides most of the common tools for inking a comic. And if they aren't quite to your liking, it's very simple to adjust them however you like. If you're a traditional inker, you're going to love this The Eraser tool works on lines or fills drawn with any of the inking tools the Pen, Marker, and Fill tools, as well as other...

Importing an image He

Perhaps you've already scanned your work into your computer through a different program. Or maybe you've used a digital sketching program to create your roughs. In that case, the Import Image File function best suits your needs. Follow these steps to import an existing art file into Manga Studio 1, From the main menu, choose File1 Import1J Image File. 2. When the Open File dialog box opens, navigate to wherever you've stored your image file, select it, and click OK. You see the Import Images...

Manga Studio EX Only

Discovering additional tool palettes Using the Gradation tool Using the various effects filters on your page Working with the focus line, parallel line, and perspective line rulers Explaining some of the other exclusive Manga Studio EX tools and features. ere's where spending the extra money for Manga Studio EX pays off. W W Fundamentally, there aren't any major differences between Manga Studio Debut and Manga Studio EX. Both versions do an excellent job with exactly what they're intended to do...

Deciphering the differences between Computones and Manga Studio tones

I mention earlier that using Computones feels a bit more tactile or real than when working with the base Manga Studio sets. Perhaps that's because unlike using the base tones, you have a smaller margin of error with Computones f Computones don't automatically generate a new layer when you select them. So either you have to create a new layer for each tone manually, or you need to keep them all on one layer. f You can't adjust the tone settings of Computones after you place them on the page. If...

Laying doutn the tine The Pencil tool

There are two ways to access the Pencil tool On the Tools palette, select the Pencil tool, as shown in Figure 5-8. f On the keyboard, press the P key until the Pencil tool is selected. Some tools in Manga Studio share the same shortcut key. In this case, the P key is shared by the Pencil, Pen, and Magic Marker tools. Pressing the P key multiple times will cycle through each of the three tools. When you've selected the Pencil tool, the cursor changes to what looks like a tiny pencil when you...

Creating Your First Manga Page A Quick Start Guide

P Creating a new page Using the Pencil tool to create the roughs Using the Pen tool to ink the page Adding tones to the drawing Saving and reopening the new page Exporting the page to a file Printing the page M MJhile the rest of this book is devoted to a detailed look at the ins and ww outs of Manga Studio, sometimes a person just wants to know the absolute basic things needed to create a comic from start to finish. Ask and ye shall receive this chapter is just for you. This chapter is all...

Masking off areas

If you've ever painted your house, I'm sure you've had to block off parts of a wall such as electrical sockets or windows so you wouldn't accidentally paint over them. Usually, you cover the area s with some blue painter's tape to protect it. Then, when you're all done painting, you simply remove the tape, and all the places you want protected come out clean. Masking in panel layers work the same way. The idea here is that you mask off areas of the panel layer that you want to protect. This...

The Part of Tens

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Are you using that 'clone' tool again 1 7his part contains two chapters. Chapter 16 covers ten or so books and Web sites that I think you'll find useful to look through as you reach the next stage in your artistic evolution. During those times when you're ready to put your fist through your computer, check out some of these suggestions. It's cheaper than replacing a monitor. Chapter 17 is all about comfort and convenience. In there, I offer ten suggestions to help improve your overall Manga...

Understanding the Essentials of Comic Creation

While the following subsections can apply to Manga Studio, they cover the art of manga and comic creation in a more general and abbreviated sense. I guess you could call this section Sequential Art 101. Over the course of the book, I throw around a lot of comic terminology. Some terms you may be familiar with, others may be new. I even try to throw in a few terms that I think you should be familiar with in general, as you're going to encounter them as you go along on your artistic career. And...

The Idea Behind Panel Layers

You can think of a panel layer in Manga Studio as a page within a page. Each panel layer acts as its own page file, with the ability for multiple image layers, just like the main page. Rulers, guides, and other tools that you would use on the main page can all be used within a panel layer. Only the section of the page covered in the panel layer can be shown at any time. This helps focus your attention on the one part of the page. What's more, each panel layer is independent of other panel...

Pasting screentones into selections

Filling a selection with a solid color can and will be useful to you as you work, but I think that selections are most useful when you're working with screentones. I discuss screentones in much further detail in Chapter 11, but the short version of applying tone to a page is to open the Tones palette, select the tone you want to use, and then paste it in place. Without laying down a selection beforehand, the tone is pasted on the whole page at once, and you then need to erase away all that you...

The Fill toot

The Fill tool is a great timesaver when you need to fill large areas of a drawing with black. Now, you accomplish in one click what would have required several passes with markers of various sizes. When you're on a bit of a deadline, you'll find that this is a nice tool to have around. jq To access the Fill tool, you can press G or click the Fill tool icon in the Tools fV palette. When selected, the cursor changes into a paint bucket when you hover it over the page. All you need to do now is...

The Properties palette

Alternative Lineart

With all of the layer types, you can view a layer's properties in two ways I. Pressing F7 on your keyboard. Clicking the Properties button on the main toolbar. When the Properties palette is open, you'll notice that there are a few options to adjust, but most of them are grayed out. That's because, for the most part, the options on a new layer are locked, and the palette reminds you about the settings you created with the new layer. You really only have the option to rename your layer from this...

Time to Import Some

Maybe you're like me, and you're raring to use your mouse or drawing tablet and start sketching away with the different tools Manga Studio offers. However, you may prefer to get your hands dirty with graphite and or ink, and you'd simply like to know how to import your scanned work into Manga Studio. The following sections show you how to import your work from a scanner or from an electronic art file. If you're new to the world of scanning, it can be a bit tricky to import your image into Manga...

Table of Contents

About This Foolish Conventions Used in This How This Book Is Part 1 Welcome to Manga Part II Roughing Part 111 Refining and Exporting Your Part IV Advanced Tips and Part V The Part of Icons Used in This Where to Go from Parti Welcome to Manga Chapter 1 Getting to Know Manga Studio 9 How Manga Studio Differs from Other Drawing Programs 9 Finding out what Manga Studio can do for Knowing what Manga Studio can't do Debut versus EX Which Is Right for Getting to Know Your New Recognizing the Main...

HouJ Manga Studio Differs from Other Drawing Programs

In many ways, Manga Studio is similar to other drawing programs available, such as Adobe Photoshop or Corel Painter. Each of these programs is good in its own right, but because Manga Studio is first and foremost a comic creation program, it has a few functions that set it apart from other drawing programs and that help make your life as a digital artist easier. The one critique I have about the program is that its name was changed from the original Japanese name of Comic Studio to Manga Studio...

The Tones palette in Manga Studio Debut

Before you can start adding tones to your page, it would probably be a good idea to find them in the program. Fortunately, they're very easy to find You just need to open the Tones palette, shown in Figure 11-8. To do that, either press F6 or choose WindowCTones. The Tones palette in Manga Studio Debut. .i u sqj C S DiarrrxJ Cross 3Deaqn t _j 4 scenerv slr aoe It would take the rest of the book to cover all of the various types of tones available to use, so instead 1 point you to the Materials...

Optimal Settings or lour Uork

Sadly, it isn't enough to simply print or export the file and be done with it. You need to make sure that the settings you've adjusted are the right ones for the medium. Otherwise, you could end up with poor-quality pages, and that's not going to please any of your readers. It can be tricky to get your work to look the way you want it to in a Web-compatible format. When I started using Manga Studio and tried to export for the Web, I ended up with pages that flat-out looked terrible either the...

Etching With drawing toots

Free Manga Studio

When used with the Transparent Ink color, you can use the main drawing tools of the program to etch away the unwanted sections of tones and create effects you can't do with the Eraser. V Pencil tool If you're looking to create an effect similar to rubbing away tones with a block or pencil eraser, try using the Pencil tool. Unlike the Eraser tool, which gives you a complete hard-edged erasure, the Pencil tool can give you something that's softer and a more subtle. This can be useful if you want...

Braiding Backgrounds

Resource Perspective For Comic Book Artists How to Achieve a Professional Look in Your Art, by David Chelsea Watson-Guptill It's amazing to see comics from new artists where character drawings are spot-on but the backgrounds are either extremely sloppy, off kilter, or worse yet, not done at all. It's hard to get a feel for a scene when there's no scene to look at. It's understandable, actually. Most of the time when you're reading a comic, you're obviously going to focus your attention on the...

Tweaking the Pattern Brush tools advanced options

The Pattern Brush has a completely different set of advanced options, as shown in Figure 14-8, than the other drawing tools. As I mention in Chapter 10, it would almost take forever to go over the available options for each type of Pattern Brush, so I list all of the options you see on the palette. Keep in mind that not all of the options are available, depending on the type of Pattern Brush you're adjusting options you can't use will be grayed out. The Pattern Brush advanced options. There's a...

System Requirements

Make sure that your computer meets the minimum system requirements shown in the following list. If your computer doesn't match up to most of these requirements, you may have problems using the software and files on the CD. For the latest and greatest information, please refer to the ReadMe file located at the root of the CD-ROM. is A PC running Microsoft Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows NT4 with SP4 or later , Windows Me, or Windows XP. Manga Studio has some issues with Windows Vista at the...

The Marquee toot

Draw Straight Line Without Ruler

You can use the Marquee tool to create basic rectangular or elliptical selections on the page. It's actually very similar to the Shape tool which I discuss in Chapter 8 , with the exception that you aren't automatically committed to a filled-in or outlined shape. See Figure 9-1. To get started, either click the Marquee tool button on the Tools palette or ,f press M. In addition, you can cycle between the rectangular and elliptical tool by either pressing and holding the Marquee tool button and...

Creating Word Balloons in Manga Studio EX

You Manga Studio EX users out there have things a lot easier than Debut users, as far as creating word balloons go. In fact, all you need to do is take advantage of the Word Balloon function, and you can use any of EX's prein-stalled balloons. If none of the default templates are to your liking, you can simply create your own, which you can re-use as many times as you want Or you can create them by hand see the Creating Word Balloons in Manga Studio Debut section, earlier in this chapter. After...

Exporting Hour Work to an External File

Whether it's to send to friends or family, to post on the World Wide Web, or to colorize in Photoshop, sometimes you need to save your work in a file format that isn't Manga Studio-exclusive. Fortunately, you have that option. Using the Export function, you can export your work to one of several common image file formats, including the Photoshop PSD file. Even more, you can choose to export by either physical size in centimeters and resolution or by pixel size. Each has its own advantages over...

Computones

If you bought Manga Studio EX in a box, you've more than likely installed the first disc of Manga Studio EX otherwise, it'd be pretty difficult to use the program , as well as the second disc samples . However, that third disc may have you puzzled. What exactly are Computones Computones are sets of screen and pattern tones that were created by the company Graphic-Sha. Initially created for use in programs such as Photoshop and Paint Shop Pro, these sets can also be used by Manga Studio EX...

Creating Word Balloons in Manga Studio Debut

Manga Studio Word Balloons

You've created all the dialogue for the page. Now it's time to add some word balloons so that the reader knows who's saying what to whom. First, the bad news Creating word balloons isn't the easiest thing to do in Manga Studio Debut. Fact is, it's a multistep process to create word balloons for your text. Manga Studio EX really shines here the process of making word balloons is much easier with this version. If you're using Manga Studio EX, skip ahead to the Creating Word Balloons in Manga...

Getting to Knout iour Lager Tgpes

Manga Studio provides a selection of layer types to use in your work. You're going to see them a lot over the next few chapters, so now is a good time to get to know them, j- Raster Layer This is the basic drawing layer that you use for roughing and inking your work, as well as adding various effects, like speed lines. Most of the drawing tools can be used on this layer. Vector Layer An option available to Manga Studio EX users, this layer is used primarily for inking. Unlike a raster layer, a...

Adjusting the brush settings

The default brushes work just fine as is. But there's the possibility that they don't feel right to you. Maybe you'd like to increase the pressure sensitivity of the Thin Pencil tool or remove the tapering from the brush Pen tool Well, there's nothing stopping you from customizing these tools to better suit your style of working. After all, you're going to be using them to create your next great masterpiece, so why not make them comfortable to use The good news is that it's quite easy to adjust...

Scanning in our Line

Some artists like to get their hands dirty with a good dip pen, India ink, and correction fluid and would rather just scan inked line art into Manga Studio for touch-ups and screentoning. 1 cover the scanning process in more detail in Chapter 5, but here's a quick run-through and a few suggestions for scanning your inked art preparing your new ink layer 1, If you haven't already set up your scanner in Manga Studio, choose File1 Import1 Select TWAIN Device and select your scanner in the Select...

Filters as Rulers Using the Parallel Focus and Perspective Line Rulers

Focus Lines

I think the speed line, focus line and vanishing point filters introduced in Chapter 14 are a great way to create special effects or prepare drawing guides when you just want it done quickly. But what if you want something a bit more hands-on Manga Studio EX actually provides an alternative version to all three of those filters the parallel, focus, and perspective line rulers. Each of these perform the same basic function as their respective filters. The big difference is that instead of the...

Adding focus tines

Manga Studo Focus Line Anti Aliasing

Focus lines are a staple of manga that help to create the trademark look of the genre. It's a simple effect that you can use in a variety of ways, including expressing motion towards the reader, focusing attention towards an item or person, or when created with reverse colors creating effects, such as star-hursts. Check out Figure 14-12 for some examples of focus lines in action. You can use the Focus Lines filter in a variety of ways. You can use the Focus Lines filter in a variety of ways. To...

Using the Materials Catalog or quick reference

Manga Studio comes preinstalled with thousands of tones and patterns to use. That number is even larger if you own Manga Studio EX. So, it can be a bit daunting to find the right type of tone for your work. Fortunately, the hunting process is easier than you may think. The Materials Catalog that comes with the program in electronic form contains every single tone and pattern type available to Manga Studio Debut and EX users. It also covers all the default and EX-exclusive Computones, as well as...

Troubleshooting

1 tried my best to compile programs that work on most computers with the minimum system requirements. Alas, your computer may differ, and some programs may not work properly for some reason. If you're having problems, the two likeliest culprits are that you don't have enough memory RAM for the programs you want to use, or you have other programs running that are affecting installation or running of a program. If you get an error message such as Not enough memory or Setup cannot continue, try...

Aligning rulers

If you're working with multiple rulers, you may find you need to line them up in either a certain direction or position. Manga Studio has a few functions you can use to rotate and adjust your rulers to whatever position, spacing, or angle you need. The Verticalize function takes your selected rulers and adjusts them until they're all at a 90-degree angle, which you can see in Figure 8-10. The sizes and general positions of the rulers remain the same. The Verticalize function quickly aligns your...

Creating a custom brush

If you want to keep the default brushes as they are, but you'd still like to have a few custom ones to work with, you can easily create new brushes. Follow these steps to create a custom brush 1. From the Tools palette, click the drawing tool you'd like to create a new brush from. For example, you may want to select the Pen or Magic Marker tool. 2. Open the Tool Options palette F3 on your keyboard . 3. Click the Show Menu button and select New Tool Option Settings. 4. When the New Tool Option...

System Preferences Tips

Manga Leg Anatomy

Here's some good news for those that like to tweak program settings You aren't married to the default system preferences of Manga Studio. You can adjust parts of the program to best suit your needs. These can range from changing the computer's memory allocation to the system to changing the color of your rulers. All of this is located in the Preferences dialog box, accessible from the main menu by choosing FileOPreferences. It would take way too many pages to cover every single option in the...

Keyboard shortcuts

If you don't want to use the Ruler Manipulator to adjust the rulers, Manga Studio provides a series of keyboard shortcuts that perform the same functions. You still need to use the Object Selector to initially select the ruler or rulers you want to adjust. The keyboard shortcuts are listed in Table 8-1. Table 8-1 Keyboard Shortcuts for Adjusting Rulers Table 8-1 Keyboard Shortcuts for Adjusting Rulers Place focal point where cursor is on page .

Create a Comfortable Workspace

What constitutes a comfortable workspace is extremely subjective, if only because we're all different. I happen to like taking my tablet PC to the various coffee shops in town, sitting down, plugging in my iPod, and sketching away or at this particular moment, writing a book . That doesn't mean my nomadic style works for everyone you might find the idea of working anyplace but at home revolting. It all boils down to the first tip in this chapter Find the place you feel your most creative. When...

Creating yow oWn Word balloon template

Manga Dialogue Balloon

Manga Studio EX users have eighteen default word balloons to choose from. It's impressive, until you discover that many of them are variations on a theme Three are considered standard balloons, three are yelling balloons, and so on. There's a chance that you could go through all the word balloon templates provided and find that none of them match what you're looking for So, create your own Much like creating your own patterns and screentones, Manga Studio gives you the option to create your own...

The Pattern Brush toot

Sometimes I'll find myself looking for a pattern to place in a background of a panel. There's always the option to use one of the hundreds of tone patterns that Manga Studio provides. The problem is, sometimes I'd like it a bit more random and less pattern-y. Using the Pattern Brush helps because I can place and break up the pattern however I'd like. It's nice to put a personal spin on a background, while saving a bit of time compared to putting the pattern in by hand. Another great thing about...

Using Airbrush and Pattern Effects With lour Line

When I work on a page, 1 try to work as fast as possible on it. If I don't work quickly, I start to get bogged down, and it starts to get tedious. When I get bored, the art becomes flat and lackluster. And that's not good at all for anyone. So, when I'm working on a program such as Manga Studio, 1 try to take advantage of whatever shortcuts it happens to provide especially during the inking stage. This can be adding hatch marks to a character's jacket,...

Changing the drawing tools cursor

If you aren't happy with the default cursors for your drawing tools, don't use them Manga Studio provides several different cursors that you can use in place of what the Pen, Pencil, Marker, Eraser, Airbrush, and Pattern Brush tools offer initially. Follow these steps to change the cursors 1. Choose File Preferences in the Preferences dialog box, click the to expand the Page tree on the left and select Cursor as shown in Figure 14-3 . 2. From the Tool drop-down list, select the drawing tool you...

The Pen tool

Kabura Pen

Probably the most versatile tool for your inking, the pen can provide a wide variety of line strengths to help bring your work to life. Manga Studio provides a preset number of common pens to use. You can access the Pen tool in two ways e Click the Pen button on the Tools palette. Holding the pen icon down for a couple of seconds brings up a list of all the pens that come preinstalled with Manga Studio, as shown in Figure 10-2. There may be some pens that feel right and others that aren't for...

The Gradation Tool

Much like the Gradation or Gradient tool that you've probably seen in other programs, like Photoshop. What those other art programs don't let you do, however, is adjust the gradation after you've created it on its own tone layer. Used on any other layer in the program, the Gradation tool produces its own tone layer, which you can then adjust using the Tone Layer Properties palette. 1 like to think of the Gradation tool as a quick setup of a tone gradation, which I can then tweak later on to get...

The Line tool

If you aren't looking for anything special In the lines you want for your technical and background work, using the Line Curve Polyline tool Line tool, for short is the simplest method. The Line tool and its variant Curve and Polyline functions puts down a basic, no-frills line, curve, or freeform polygonal shape at any length or size you need. . To use this, click the Line tool icon, located on the Tools palette. To change the default options, use the Tool Options palette, shown in Figure 8-1....

Overlapping tones to add shadows

Manga Studio Tone

One way to add depth to a scene is to add shadows. With tones, it's a pretty simple task take a second tone, offset it slightly, and place it right on top of the base tone. If you look at Figure 11-13, you can see how simply adding a second layer and offsetting it slightly creates a darker color. difference between a basic tone and two overlapping tones is dramatic. difference between a basic tone and two overlapping tones is dramatic. In Manga Studio, each tone is on its own layer, so the...

The Tones palette in Manga Studio EX

Manga Studio EX users have almost twice the number of tones available to them compared to Manga Studio Debut. So the folder structure in EX's Tone palette is set up differently from Debut's. EX breaks down its tones into Rasic and Computones not to be confused with the function of the same name that's explained In the Computones section later in this chapter , incorporating all the tones and tone sets included in the Debut version and then some see Figure 11-9 The EX tone sets are set up as...

Applying Computones

Manga Studio Computones

The differences in the preceding section aside, working with Computones is not that much different than working with the base Manga Studio tones. Many of the tips 1 give in the book when using tones work just as well with Computones. For the following steps, I use the pageOOl. cpg file. You can find this file in the AuthorXChapter 11 folder on the CD. If you haven't installed any Computones I use the 600 dpi Computones as an example , now's a good time to do that. Open the page you wish to add...

Adding highlights

Tokyopop Manga Online

While overlapping tones can help bring dimensionality to a drawing by adding shadow, it doesn't do much to bring out the light. To do that, you need to remove strategic parts of the tone from the drawing. There are several methods of adding highlights to a drawing. For this chapter, I start with the simplest method, which is to simply take your Eraser or Lasso tool, select the tone you wish to remove, and erase or delete. Throughout this chapter, I constantly bring up the threat of moir in your...

The Zoom tool

A staple of many art programs, the Zoom tool does exactly what it says it allows you to zoom as far in or out as you'd like on the page. That way, you can get a full view of the entire page or an individual panel on your screen, or you can get that closer than you can get your face to a real piece of paper view, when you need to work on an intricate design. You can adjust the zoom in several ways e On the Tools palette, click the Zoom button. Using the Zoom button changes your mouse cursor into...

Spicing Up lour Work With Fitters

Are you feeling avant-garde Do you want to really go wild with special effects Manga Studio EX has that covered, with a series of rendering, transformation, and other effect filters that you can add to a scene or panel to really give it an extra level of pop. Because there are so many filters to work with and because there's only so much space in this chapter, this section is intended to give you just a taste of the various effects filters at your disposal. Both Manga Studio Debut and EX come...

Printing lour Work

If you're looking to sell your comic book but you don't have the money to get it printed professionally don't worry about it You can just as easily use your own printer to create your comic book. If you check out any comic or anime convention, you almost always find a small press or self-publisher section. The artists there sell their goods on nothing more than a stack of 8.5-x-l 1-inch paper and a few staples. This is probably the simplest and cheapest way you can sell your comic in a physical...

Deleting points from a panel ruler

If you want to simplify the shape of a panel, you can remove points from the ruler. Follow these steps to delete points from a panel layer 1. Choose the Object Selector from the Tools palette. You don't need to select an entire panel for this function, so make sure you deselect the Select All Continuous Points on Ruler check box from the Tool Options palette, if it isn't already deselected. 2. Select the point you wish to remove from the panel ruler. You can see two selected points on the left...

The Magic Wand toot

Draw Straight Line Without Ruler

Sometimes it's just easier to click an area of the page to select it. That's where the Magic Wand tool can help out because that's all it does The Magic Wand is probably the easiest of all the selection tools to use in Manga Studio. You have only two steps to perform 1. Click the Magic Wand button on the Tools palette or press W on your keyboard. 2. Click the area of the page you want to select. That's it No tracing. No clicking and dragging. Just click what you want selected, and you're done,...

Adjusting the image lager settings

The first order of business is to adjust the settings so you can see your roughs. Here's how to do that 1. If you haven't done this already, import the image. See the earlier section, Importing an image file, for instructions. The Import Images window opens. 2. If it isn't already active, click the Layer Settings tab shown in Figure 5-3 . 3. Enter or change the name of the image in the Layer Name text box. 4. Choose an option from the Layer Type drop-down list If you're using the image as a...