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 users. It's a great place to look if you don't want to use any of the main tone sets, as there are some types of tones you won't find in Manga Studio's base tones.

If you haven't tried using the Computones function, you may find it to be a different experience than working with the base tones, and that isn't a bad thing. Personally I find that there's almost a more natural feel when working with Computones — it's like you're working with real sheets of tones, even more so than with the Manga Studio tones.

^ ± In addition to the Computones that come with the program, you can pur-

chase additional sets. At the time of this writing, the only way to purchase ffjyi them is to buy any of the How To Draw Manga: Computones books (published ^S^y by Graphic-Sha). Each of those books comes with a CD-ROM that contains - 100 or so additional Computones.

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