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.

The Object Selector

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 and sides of a panel ruler. The same idea applies here as well — you use the Object Selector to select and move around the endpoints and sides of your ruler until it matches exactly what you need.

Using the Object Selector is easy enough. All it involves is selecting a side or endpoint with your mouse or stylus and then dragging that selection across the canvas until you're happy with the new shape, as shown in Figure 8-6. Then, repeat with another endpoint or side as necessary.

Figure 8-6:

The Object Selector helps to make specific adjustments to a ruler.

Figure 8-6:

The Object Selector helps to make specific adjustments to a ruler.

The Ruler Manipulator

The Ruler Manipulator is a great all-in-one tool to work with your rulers; you use it to scale, move, or rotate a ruler however you'd like. Actually, you can use this on as many rulers (or an entire ruler layer) as you want, all at once!

To use the Ruler Manipulator, choose Rulers Show Ruler Manipulator from the main menu. Or you can press Ctrl+Shift+1 (one) on your keyboard (3§+Shift+l [one] for the Mac). You should now see the tool as well as a small cross on your workspace, as shown in Figure 8-7.

Figure 8-7:

The Ruler Manipulator tool and focal point.

Figure 8-7:

The Ruler Manipulator tool and focal point.

As you can see from the figure, each part of the Ruler Manipulator performs a specific task for adjusting your rulers.

The cross serves as the focal point for the Ruler Manipulator. All rulers rotate and scale in relation to wherever you place the focal point.

For example, say you're using a ruler to draw focal points on a panel. If you were working on a regular piece of paper, you would draw a small dot, or place a pin in the middle of the panel to use as your focal point for your ruler. Using the Ruler Manipulator's focal point works the same way. Using the focus lines example again, you place the focal point in the middle of the panel and place the ruler upon it just like you would on paper. Then, when you use the Ruler Manipulator, the ruler rotates around the focal point.

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