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 potential.
I think that's actually a great feature of the program; you can use as much or as little as you'd like and still produce the same quality pages. It just depends on what you're looking to do with the program. Still, if you're new to this process, you might not know where to begin so that you can create those quality pages.
I had a few goals in mind while writing this book:
j** To help you create your first page in Manga Studio, from beginning to end.
*** To show how you can work either 100 percent digital or use a combination of digital and traditional tools.
(** To explain how the various features in the program work and how they can help save you some time and energy.
M* To explain the differences between Manga Studio Debut and Manga Studio EX and help figure out which version is for you. (If you haven't already bought it, of course.)
V To go over both the basic and advanced methods that Manga Studio provides.
Above all, I want to show that while Manga Studio is a lot to take in when you first fire it up, after you get used to how the system works and what tools work best for you, it becomes as intuitive as working with traditional tools. Plus you get to save a few trees. And that's not a bad thing, now is it?
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