Converting Panel Ruler Lagers

So after you've cut up, merged, squashed, and stretched the panel ruler — and moved it all over the place — everything matches the panels you intended to create. Now what?

You actually have several options for what to do with your panel rulers, and all of them involve the Rasterize function. Rasterizingyour panel rulers allows you to create a series of panel layers, a set of rulers to draw your own borders, or let Manga Studio create the borders for you. What's even better is that you aren't limited to only one choice; you can pick and choose which of the three you want to use. If you want, you can even use all three!

Follow these steps to use the Rasterize function:

1. Make sure the panel ruler layer is selected on the Layers palette.

2. From the main menu, choose Rulers Panel Ruler-I Rasterize.

The Rasterize Panel Ruler dialog box appears, as shown in Figure 7-20. There are three check boxes that you can pick from regarding your panel ruler conversion.

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3. For a simple panel creation, select the Convert Panel Image to Raster Pen Layer check box.

This creates an image layer with panel borders. The panels themselves are transparent, while the area outside the panels are filled with white ink. This helps cut off any of your artwork beyond the panel borders, while not damaging the artwork itself.

• If you 're using Manga Studio EX, you can choose whether you want to create a raster or vector image layer by choosing from the Drawing Target drop-down list.

Manga Studio Debut users can create only raster layers, so there isn't a Drawing Target drop-down list.

* To change the name of the image layer, enter a name in the Layer Name text box.

* To choose the resolution of the image layer, select a value from the Resolution drop-down list.

The resolutions available range from 150 dpi up to the resolution of your page file. Keep in mind that the lower the resolution, the more jagged the borders may turn out if you created non-square panels.

4. To convert the panel ruler layer Into a series of normal rulers, select the Convert Ruler Data to Ruler Layer check box.

This is a good option to use if you're looking to add a bit of personal flair to the panel borders, instead of the generic borders the program creates in Step 3.

5. To create a series of panel layers from the panel rulers, select the Create Panel Layer from Ruler Data check box.

Here's your solution to automatically create all the panel layers you need for your page. All the steps are taken care of here: Not only are the panel layers created, but they're also labeled, masked off, and previewed at the resolution you want, all in one fell swoop.

• To change the name of the panel layers, enter a value in the Panel Layer Name text box.

All of the panels are named the same, but numbered individually to tell them apart. You may need to re-label each panel layer later on in the Layer Properties palette if you need further differentiation.

* To adjust the preview resolution, select a value from the Preview Resolution drop-down list.

• To choose the preview expression mode, select a value from the Expression Mode drop-down list.

Each of the various expression modes are broken down in the "Previewing your panel layer" sidebar earlier in this chapter. If you're not sure which to use, be sure to check out the sidebar.

* If you want to create a panel layer for each panel ruler, select the Convert Each Ruler into Individual Panel Layer radio button.

• If you want to create one panel layer that houses all the individual panels, select the Convert All Rulers into One Panel Layer radio button.

• To set the buffer area (that is, extra drawing space) around the panel layers, enter a value in the Add Margin as Panel Area text box, or you can select the black triangle to the right of the text box and use the slider to adjust to your desired value.

Each of the panel layers created uses the same margin. Remember that each of the panel layers are independent of each other, so you can select as large an area as you'd like to draw on, and they won't interfere with any of the others.

6. Check the Leave Original Layer checkbox if you want to keep the Panel Ruler Layer after it has been rasterized.

This will be useful if you're planning on re-using the Panel Ruler Layer at some point in the future. If you don't need it anymore, de-selecting the checkbox will remove the Panel Ruler Layer after it's been rasterized.

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