Organizing Related Lagers

At the beginning of this chapter, I talk about how layers are a great way to organize your work within Manga Studio. But, what happens if you're working with so many layers that things become well, cluttered If you happen to be using multiple layers for your roughs, inks, tones, rulers, and so on, it can get very confusing to remember which layers are for what (naming your layers can only go so far) or frustrating having to move each related layer around individually (or hide them one at a time...

Your New Page Awaits

Creating a custom page Using an existing page template Creating a custom page template Creating and customizing a story file p Saving your work MM hen I first started drawing comics, I was pretty sure I understood how WW the system worked 1 would draw all my art and word balloons within the borders of my 11-x-l 7-inch piece of bristol board and then send my stack of pages away to be printed. No problem It wasn't until 1 first saw my work in a book that I realized I did something drastically...

General Tips Tricks and Shortcuts

Tweaking the program preferences Adjusting the Drawing tool's advanced settings Creating your own custom brushes Removing tunes with drawing tools Creating custom tone patterns Coloring your work Using the focus line, speed line, and vanishing point filters f you're reading this chapter, odds are you've either worked through all the basics covered earlier this book and you're looking to see what else you can do with Manga Studio. If that's the case, you're gong to be pleased, as I really only...

Saving lour Uork

There's nothing more frustrating than putting a lot of effort into a page and then losing it all because you forgot to save your work. Here's my friendly reminder to save and save and save. Save often. And then save again. To save your new page in Manga Studio, follow these steps 1. From the main menu, choose File'T Save. If this is the first time you're saving this page, the Save As dialog box opens, as shown in Figure 3-18. E duwrM jrc_ icrem liots MAW6A_STUDtO fi fr File Type Manga Stgclo...

Erasing lour Mistakes

As you're working with your inks, a mistake is bound to happen. If this happens while penciling, you grab an eraser and remove the mistake. When inking, however, you have to grab your bottle of correction fluid, cover the mistake, and hope you won't have to fix that mistake again. (Multiple layers of correction fluid can become a problem to ink on after a while.) Being able to use an eraser would be a nice thing when inking, I'm sure. This is where working...

Closely Read Other Manga and Comics

Around, I'd say, 1992,1 picked up a video cassette that covers how to draw comic book characters, hosted by Spawn creator Todd McFarlane. I don't remember too much from that tape, except there's this one statement he makes to the audience. He says that you should study other comics if you want to learn how to draw because it's that exaggerated and surreal style that you want to understand if you want to make it in the business of comics. To a degree, 1 think he's right you should look at other...

Roughing the Page

After you have a new page created, the next order of business is to draw The rest of the figures you see in this chapter demonstrate the type of work you can do in Manga Studio, but this is as good an opportunity as any for you to have fun and let your imagination go crazy. Before you start laying out your page, you should set up the image layer you'll be drawing on as your Roughs layer. This is a good practice to get into with not only this roughs layer, but later on as you add new layers for...

The Books of Scott McCloud

Resources Understanding Comics The invisible Art, Reinventing Comics How Imagination and Technology Are Revolutionizing an Art Form, and Making Comics Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga and Graphic Novels, by Scott McCloud (Harper Paperbacks) Scott McCloud is a very interesting person. Mention his name to other artists and you'll hear the words genius or crackpot, and most certainly controversial. One thing is absolutely certain though he makes you think, and that's why I happen to like him....

Opening a Neut Page

Alter you install the program and enter your serial number, you should see Manga Studio's workspace. The next order of business is to create a new page to start drawing on by following these steps 1. From the main menu, choose file' New11 Page. A New Page dialog box appears, as shown in Figure 3-1. You're presented with a lot of choices for page types, as well as an option to create your own page. I go over pages and page templates in Chapter 4, but for now, you can just pick a basic page...

Color settings

The Advanced Settings dialog box (shown in Figure 13-4) gives you the option to change the color options of your text and imported sketch images, as well as any story information and guides you want included on the page. luwge Output Se*bngt Sketch Image Lai Cokx 0L *r Color Clhfl 0 Cob PaQfi Into OutpJ Soiling PiM& ukle LwrColo TiV < 1, > ' *H war Cofcir Pago 0 Laytf Coin You have three options to choose from for each object type (though some provide only two options) f Layer Color The...

Contents at a Glance

1 Part 1 Welcome to Manga Chapter 1 Getting to Know Manga Chapter 2 Help for the Beginning (Manga Studio) Chapter 3 Creating Your First Manga Page A Quick-Start Part 11 Roughing Chapter 4 Your New Page Chapter 5 Importing and Penciling Your Rough Chapter 6 Layers, Layers, Chapter 7 Panel Layers and Chapter 8 You Can't Draw a Straight Line without a (Virtual) Ruler 137 Chapter 9 Working with Selections and Selection Part 111 Refining and Exporting lour Work 183 Chapter 10 Inking Your Chapter 11...

Deleting and hiding layers

There conies a time when you decide that a drawing just isn't working for you, and you decide to part ways with it. I know it's happened to me I've scrapped entire pages because it was easier to start from scratch than to fight tooth and nail with the abomination that was staring at me. So, you could use the eraser tool and take your time erasing all the lines from the layer or you could just get rid of the layer altogether. I happen to like the latter there's something cathartic about doing a...

Ten Or So Books and Web Sites to Check

Improving your character and technical drawing Looking at comic creation from a different perspective Finding inspiration from the past and present Selling your work through on-demand publishers Displaying your comics on the Web Turning to community Web sites for feedback m f you're an old pro who's been at this whole making comics thing for a M. while, this chapter might be a bit boring or redundant. However, for those of you who are brand new to the concept of drawing manga or have been doing...

Seating

You might find the panel area you assigned isn't large enough to work on. Fortunately, you can adjust the size of the panel layer pretty easily. Follow these steps to scale the panel layer up or down 1. From the Layers palette, select the panel layer you want to adjust. 2. From the main menu, choose Layer Scale Panel Layer. The panel layer displays four adjustment points, as shown in Figure 7-6. 3. With your mouse or stylus, click one of the adjustment points and drag along the canvas to...

Where to Go from Here

If you're raring to go create your first comic, jump ahead to Chapter 3 for a quick run-through of creating a page from start to finish. If you've got stacks of drawings on paper and you want to scan them into Manga Studio, turn to Chapter 5. If you're looking for inspiration or further resources on drawing, flip to Chapter 16. If you'd like to drop me an e-mail, you can head over to my Web site at www. pnhcomics, com and click the Contact Us link. While you're there, you can check out some of...

Words Speak Louder than Actions Adding Text to a Page

Adding text to a panel Explaining the Text tool properties Editing text you've added Finding fonts that you can use on your page Avoiding common text formatting pitfalls Creating word balloons in Manga Studio Debut Creating word balloons in Manga Studio EX Creating custom word balloon templates in Manga Studio EX was once told that if you lay your pages out properly, the reader can follow exactly what's going on without the need for text. That's true, and it's a practice that I think more...

Time to Start Drawing uith Jour Rulersf

You have your rulers all created, adjusted, and ready to go. Now, it's time to start drawing with them Here's where the fun begins. To draw along a ruler, you must first make sure that any lines you draw will snap to it. There are two buttons located on the Page toolbar that you need to make sure are turned on to enable snapping , < ** Snap Clicking the Snap button turns on and off the ability to lock what b- you're drawing to a drawing aid in close proximity. v* Snap to Rulers Clicking the...

Maximizing your undos

I do say earlier in the book to be careful to not become too dependent on the Undo function, as it can result in you tweaking your page more than is probably necessary. That said, it never hurts to maximize the number of undos available, just in case. To change the number of undos, follow these steps 1. Choose File1 Preferences in the Preferences dialog box, click the + to expand the Page menu tree and select the Undo menu. 2. Enter a value between 1 and 20 in the Undo Levels text box. If...

Deleting selections

While the Eraser is an effective tool to use to remove items from a layer, it can be a bit cumbersome when you're looking to erase something specific without ruining the surrounding artwork. Conversely, you may find it too small to work with if you have a large area to remove. That's where you may find using a selection to delete an area useful. Whether it's to select a small specific area or a large one, you'll find it a helpful alternative to quickly removing an offending object from your...

In this part

You have the roughs scanned in, cleaned up, and tweaked exactly how you want them on the page. Now it's time to add the finishing touches to give your work that professional look. Chapter 10 is all about inking, whether you're planning on scanning in your inked work or you're going to use your drawing tablet to add virtual inks to your roughs. Chapter 11 covers how you can add screen tones to your work to give it that extra pop, as well as a few tricks to help add depth and dimensionality to...

Getting to Knout your Neu Workspace

Provided you've installed your program (and if you haven't yet, you probably should), you're now staring at your brand new workspace (shown in Figure 1-1), with no idea where to start. Time to get acquainted with your new workspace. fory View atattinn L y r Rui , Filler Window Harp This is as good a time as any to familiarize yourself with the basic tools, functions, and palettes that you'll be using in Manga Studio. You're going to be using them a lot, so it's best to get to know them. This...

Creating and editing selections on a selection lager

Working on a selection layer is just like working on an image layer. That means that you can draw and erase a selection just like you would if you were laying down some line art. So, there are a number of ways you can lay down and edit a selection area V By using any of the drawing tools (Pen, Pencil, Marker, Airbrush, or Pattern Brush tools) to outline or add effects to a selection area *** By using the Marquee or Lasso tool to select the area, much like you would use on an image layer j** By...

Avoiding Formatting Pitfalls

Creating dialogue on a page that doesn't confuse the reader is a bit trickier. There are several pitfalls when formatting the text for the page. Avoiding the following mistakes will make things easier for both you and the person reading your story is Placing balloons poorly Make sure to place word balloons properly in a panel to give the proper flow to the dialogue. Remember that the reader is reading the balloons from left to right (unless you're formatting...

Conventions Used in This Book

Throughout the book, I present instructions in a consistent, easy-to-follow format to help you navigate through the program. For example, when I explain how to navigate through the main menu, you'll see an C> icon. I use this arrow to define a transition as you go from one menu to another. So when you see something like FileONewCPage, it means when you use your mouse or drawing tablet stylus, you click File, click New, and then click Page as each respective menu pops up. Also, because I cover...

Chapter

Discovering the benefits of inking your work Scanning in your line art Creating a new layer for your line art p Using the Pen and Marker tools p Filling large areas with the Fill tool Using the Join Line tool Adding effects with the Airbrush and Pattern Brush tools a have to admit something When it comes to inking my work traditionally, 4 I've never felt comfortable doing it. The thing 1 always like about penciling is the ability to erase and refine my lines as I go along. Not so with inking...

Panel Layers and Rulers

Explaining panel layers Creating a panel layer Opening, editing, and closing a panel layer Adding masks to a panel layer Using the panel ruler layer to create panels Cutting up, adjusting, and manipulating the panel ruler layer Rasterizing the panel ruler layer I've never owned a very large scanner. So trying to scan an 11-x- 17-inch comic m, page was problematic at best. Usually what I ended up doing (before eventually giving it up and going all digital) was to draw each panel on a separate...

Creating a selection lager

There are three ways you can create a selection layer in Manga Studio v* From the main menu, choose Layer New Layer in the New Layer dialog box that appears, select Selection Layer from the Layer Type dropdown list. V On the Layers palette, click the New Layer button, located next to the Selection header. * If you've created a selection on an image layer, choose SelectionS Convert Selection to Layer on the main menu. I This last option not only creates a new selection layer, but also saves your...

The Panel Ruler Layer

If you're looking for a quick-and-easy means to create panel borders (or even panel layers) in Manga Studio, the panel ruler layer may be just the thing for you. As the name implies, the panel ruler layer creates rulers that you then divide, combine, and adjust to fit what you've roughed out. You can then convert these rulers however you'd like from a new ink layer with fresh clean borders to a series of panel layers all ready for you to open and work on individually. You can create a new panel...

Treat our Camas Like lou Would in the Real World and Then Some

Over the years, I've used many programs while searching for that Holy Grail of drawing the ability to manipulate the canvas as though it were a physical piece of paper on a drawing table. Fortunately, Manga Studio does just that. In fact, it was its ease of moving, rotating, and zooming the canvas that convinced me to initially purchase this program (among other features, but I get to those soon enough). Why would I be excited about something like this Let me explain each of the functions, and...

Importing and Penciling Your Rough Draft

Importing art from a scanner or an image file Adjusting the imported art for the page Drawing digitally with the Pencil tool Choosing the size of your Pencil and Eraser tools Moving around the canvas as you work t's funny when I sat down to write this chapter, 1 couldn't think what to 4 write for the introduction. Then it hit me.,, that's probably the fundamental thing you need before you can start working on a project a place to start. When you don't have a starting point, you've got nothing....

Using Simple Lager Functions

Knowing how to create and adjust layers is only the beginning of what you can do with them. As always, you need to crawl before you can walk, so the following sections show some of the basic functions you can do with your layers. 1 really like to use the Undo button when I'm working on a drawing. The only problem is that Manga Studio allows a limited number of undos. So every now and then, I make a copy of the layer I'm working on as my safety net. Then, if I don't like where the drawing is...

Debut Versus EX Which Is Right for tou

Manga Studio comes in two flavors Debut and EX. Choosing the right version for you comes down to what features you're looking for in a drawing program, what ones you can do without, and (most importantly) how much money you're willing to spend v* Manga Studio Debut is the introductory-level version of the program. There are no bells and whistles to this version of the program it contains all the basic tools you need to create your manga from start to finish. Debut works as a fairly accurate...

About the Author

Doug Hills has been drawing ever since high school. Originally influenced by the superhero comics of the early- to mid-1990s, his style has adapted towards his other favorite genre manga. Learning and studying techniques from both the East and West, he's constantly striving to create a style that can truly be called his own. In recent years, he has taken that love and desire for comics onto the Internet with two webcomics Place Name Here and Chibi Cheerleaders From Outer Space, which he works...

Keeping It Simple Using the Line and Shape Toots

Before you start using the ruler tools, you should first become familiar with the simplest method to create lines and curves in Manga Studio the Line and Shape tools. Okay, okay, I know I just spent a half a page raving about how you don't need to use these tools when you can just create your own rulers. However, learning and understanding how these tools work can help you later when it comes time to create rulers, because you create your virtual rulers using the Line and Shape tools.

Bit about Selection Layers and Why loutt LOVE Them

Normally with drawing programs, if you want to reuse a selection later in the creative process, you simply redraw it with a Selection tool. It can be time-consuming (especially if the selection is particularly intricate), but it works. Hut, what if you could save a selection you think you'll be coming back to later on That's the idea behind selection layers. Unlike creating a selection on an image layer, like you normally would, you draw one on this special layer, which you can then add to,...

Rulers on an image layer

If you're looking to limit the rulers to a particular image layer, thereby keeping them limited to the layer you're working with, you can do that in Manga Studio. You can place them on a localized ruler layer, or you can use them directly on the image layer itself. Both do exactly the same thing it's really a matter of taste regarding which method you like to use. To set up your localized rulers for an image layer, highlight the image layer you want to add rulers to. (If the Layers palette...

If Alt Else Fails Try a Different Medium

Trying something else when you're stuck may sound like familiar advice. You know what you want to draw on the page or in the program. You visualize it perfectly in your mind. The problem is, what you have in your head won't translate to a doodle, let alone a final drawing. I don't know if there's a proper term for this kind of situation, but I like to call it Artist's Block. It's that frustrating, helpless feeling you get when you can't seem to draw anything you want. The feeling can be...

Adding a NeuJ Lager

Using additional layers on a page in Manga Studio is much like putting tracing paper on top of a regular sheet of paper it allows you to work on top of your roughs, while leaving the original art untouched. Refining your work on a new layer not only keeps your various art stages separate, it makes it so that you don't need to go through and erase all the rough pencil work from the finished line art. That saves you some extra time. Follow these steps to add a new layer to your page 1. From the...

Reopening lour Work

I lopefully you remember where you saved your file, because it's pretty hard to reopen it otherwise. At least that's the only hard part of opening a Manga Studio file. If you want to open a file you've recently worked on, you can reach it pretty quickly from the main menu. If you select FileCRecent Files, you'li see a list of the last few files you worked on. Select the file you want, and you're ready to go. To open your Manga Studio file, follow these steps 1. From the main menu, choose File1...

HocV This Book Is Organized

The book is written In such a way that you can read it however you want or need to. Each chapter (and section within each chapter) is set up to be independent of the others. So while 1 may reference other sections of the book that you should check out (and I do that a lot), you can read each section and chapter just as easily as if you read it from cover to cover. 1 broke the book down into six parts, each one covering an essential aspect of knowing and understanding Manga Studio. Seems like a...

Purchase the Right Digital Toots for the

Odds are you may already have the computer that best fits the environment you like working in. If not, and you have some money to invest, look into the right computer for you. If you happen to like working outside, purchase a good laptop that you can take anywhere. If you prefer working at home, a solid desktop machine will be fine. (Or if you already have a laptop, look into a docking station and treat it like a desktop.) The good news with this program is that it doesn't require the absolute...

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...

Grouping layers

Depending on how you do it, grouping your layers is a great way to temporarily merge layers together or add them to a Panel Layer, where you can work on them in an independent space. I explain how Panel Layers work in Chapter 7. A benefit of grouping layers, especially if you're working on an older machine, is that it can save on your system resources. When you're working on a file with lots of layers, it can increase in file size and use more RAM on your system. Grouping the layers is a good...

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...

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...

Time to Lay bouln Some Dots

Dots Manga

One of the best ways to learn how something works is to use them, so how about applying some tones to a drawing tco I've included sample pages you can play around with, in case you don't have a drawing of your own to work on. You can find them in the Author Chapter CK 11 folder of the CD-ROM. While you can use any of them to practice on, I use pageOOl .cpg as an example in the following steps. Open the page you wish to add tones to and then follow these steps 1. On the toolbar, select the Lasso...

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

Rich Tennant

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

Drawing Fight Scenes Comics

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...