Creating speed lines

Probably one of the most identifiable effects in Manga is the use of speed lines to express motion on a static page. Take a look at Figure 14-15 and tell me which of the two images feels more kinetic and dynamic.

Figure 14-15:

Speed lines can make the difference between a static page and a dynamic one.

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Artwork courtesy of e frontier.

Figure 14-15:

Speed lines can make the difference between a static page and a dynamic one.

Artwork courtesy of e frontier.

The Speed Lines filter in Manga Studio helps you to create as many or as few lines as you need for a panel or page. You can create them as simple and uniform or wild and random, all with a few changes to the filter's options.

Follow these steps to use the Speed Lines filter:

1. From the Main menu, choose Layers New Layer.

This is the layer your speed lines will be placed on.

2. In the New Layer dialog box, type a name In the Name text box and select the highest-resolution raster layer relative to your page's resolution.

(Check out Chapter 4 for a more In-depth explanation on how to create a new image layer.)

3. From the Tools palette, select the Rectangular Marquee tool.

4. Using your mouse or stylus, click and drag a selection over the panel you'd like to add speed lines to.

5. Open the Layer Properties dialog box by choosing the appropriate commands from the inain menu.

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6. From the Preview drop-down list, select the quality (High Quality, Mid Quality, or Low Quality) you'd like to preview the speed lines on the page.

7. In the Lines text box, set the number of speed lines generated by entering a value between 1 and 300,

To keep things from looking too uniform, Manga Studio provides the option to randomize the values of the next group of options (Steps 7-11 on this list). If you want to change things up a bit, select the Random check box for the corresponding value and enter a value between 0.0 and 4.0 in its text box.

8. In the Length text box, enter a value between 1 mm and 600 mm to adjust the length of the speed lines.

9. In the Width text box, enter a value between 0 mm and 10 mm to adjust the width of the speed lines.

10. In the Angle text box, enter a value between 0 and 359.9 degrees to adjust the angle at which the speed lines are drawn.

11. In the Curve text box, enter a value between -100% and 100% (the default value is set to 0) to adjust the curve of the speed lines.

12. In the Distance text box, enter a value between 0 nun and 50 mm to set the gap between lines.

13. In the Shift text box, enter a value between 0 nun and 150 nun to randomly adjust the starting points of the speed lines.

14. Select either the Start Point, Center, or End Point radio button to adjust the alignment of the speed lines and click the Align button to reset the lines.

15. Select the Start and for End check box(es) to taper either the start points or end points (or both) of the speed lines.

16. From the Drawing/Back ground Color drop-down list, select the color of the speed lines.

These are the options you have for a drawing color:

• Transparent

• Transparent on a Black Background

• Transparent on a White Background

17. Select the Clear Layer check box if you want to delete everything oil the current layer, replacing it with the speed lines.

This is useful if you happen to rough out how you'd like the speed lines to look, for example.

18. Select the Perform Oversampllng check box to minimize the aliasing (jagged edges) on the speed lines.

This option adds a slight dithering effect to the speed lines. This doesn't perform a true anti-aliasing effect that you would see in Photoshop.

19. Click OK to add the speed lines to your new layer.

If you aren't happy with how the lines are initially generated in the preview, click the Generate button (located below the Preview Quality drop-down list) to create a new set of speed lines.

You can quickly set and adjust the position of the speed lines using the Move tools (see Figure 14-17), located at the top of the Speed Lines dialog box.

is The Grab tool, much like the one on the Tools palette, allows you to quickly adjust the position of the canvas on the screen.

i* The Move tool sets the focal point on the page. In this case, the focal point is the center-most speed line. So, moving the focal point sets where you want the middle of the line set to lay.

V The Draw Position tool allows you to draw where you want the speed lines to rest (depending on the alignment option — Start Point, Center, or End Point —you selected). (Check out Figure 14-18 for an example.)

Figure 14-17:

The Move tools.

Figure 14-18:

The Draw Position tool helps you quickly set where the speed lines

Figure 14-18:

The Draw Position tool helps you quickly set where the speed lines

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