Exporting Hour Work to an External File

Whether it's to send to friends or family, to post on the World Wide Web, or to colorize in Photoshop, sometimes you need to save your work in a file format that isn't Manga Studio-exclusive. Fortunately, you have that option.

Using the Export function, you can export your work to one of several common image file formats, including the Photoshop PSD file. Even more, you can choose to export by either physical size (in centimeters) and resolution or by pixel size. Each has its own advantages over the other, depending on the medium you're looking to use the image. The good news is that both methods of exporting files are practically identical to work with.

To export a page or story to a file, follow these steps:

1. From the main menu, choose either File1 ¡ Export1: Export by Pixel Specification or File1 "Export1: Export by Size Specification.

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2. Enter the size of the page you waul to export In the Output Image Size section.

This section has several text boxes that you can use to set the size of the Image, either in pixels or in centimeters. Three of them (Width, Height, and Pixel Ratio to Original) are locked to each other; so, you can adjust the value of any one of them, and the other two adjust automatically.

The only one that's independent of the others is the Resolution dropdown list. When exporting by size specification, choosing the right resolution depends on what you're planning on doing with the file. Check out the "Optimal Settings for Your Work" section, later in this chapter, to find out which resolution is best for you.

When exporting by pixel size, the resolution you choose actually doesn't matter, as a file exported at 72 dpi is the same size as one exported at 1200 dpi. So, you can ignore the Resolution drop-down list if you want.

3. If you're a Manga Studio EX user working off of a two-page spread, select which page (or both) you want printed.

If you want to print out that wild two-page battle scene you concocted, you can select the Left Page or Right Page option button to export each page separately, or you can select the Dual Page option button to export both pages together on a single page.

You should keep in mind that if you choose to export the whole spread on one page, it will be smaller, and you may need to rotate the image.

4. Select how much of the page you want exported in the Output Area section:

• Image within Print Guide: Only the main image is exported. Anything beyond artwork from the bleed area and beyond is ignored.

• Include Bleed: The image up to the edge of the bleed is exported. Anything drawn beyond the bleed is ignored.

• Entire Page: Everything drawn on the page is exported.

• Selection Only: Anything you select with the Rectangular Marquee tool is exported. Anything beyond the selection is ignored. If you haven't selected anything, this option is unavailable.

5. Select an option in the Output Color Depth section.

You really have only two choices here: RGB Color and Monochrome. Select one or the other from their respective radio buttons.

If you're planning on exporting the page as a JPG or PNG file for the Web, I highly suggest selecting RGB Color. This will produce much better-quality inks and screentones (or gray colors) on a smaller-sized page than if you select Monochrome.

6. Select what parts of the page you want printed in the Output Data Settings section.

You can select your output settings by not only layer type, but also by output attribute. This is where it's good you set your drawing layers to be either Finish or Sketch (if you read Chapter 6, that is).

You have the following options to choose from. (Keep in mind that you can select multiple options in this section.)

• Output Sketch Image: Any image layers where the output attribute is set to Sketch.

• Output Sketch: Any sketch layers you imported onto the page. (See Chapter 4 if you aren't sure what I mean.)

• Output Finished Image: Any image layers where the output attribute is set to Finish.

• Output Text: Any text layers on the page.

• Output Tone: Any tone layers on the page.

EX users can also fine-tune the Raster and Tone Settings, which are explained in further detail in the "Additional Print and Export Settings" section of the chapter.

7. Select any additional information you'd like printed in the Page Settings section:

* Output Print Guide: The area of the Print Guide that delineates the bleed area and page edge will be included on the exported page. This option is available only if you're planning on printing the entire page. (It is grayed out otherwise.)

* Output Basic Frame: The area of the print guide that designates the safe area of the page (the area that is safest from being trimmed when prepping for the final book).

* Output Grid: The Grid Layer overlays the artwork when exported.

* Output Pagination: If you're exporting a page within a story file, the user-formatted page number is exported. (Check out Chapter 4 for more information on how to paginate your story.)

* Output Page Number: If you're exporting a story file, the page number appears in the image.

* Output Title/Episode/Author: If you're working from a story file and fill in the requisite information, the title, episode number, and author appear in the image.

8. If you're planning on saving the page as a Photoshop (PSD) file, select how you want your page saved in the Photoshop File Export Settings section:

* Export Merged Layer Only: Only layers that have been merged are exported.

* Use Layer Set: If you have nested Image Layer folders (that is, folders that are stored within other folders), you can maintain that file structure in an exported Photoshop file. You can have as many Layer folders as you want, but Manga Studio lets you export nested folders up to only five layers deep. (Any folders nested deeper are merged into the fifth layer.)

This feature is good only for users of Photoshop CS or later; earlier versions don't support nested folders and treat them (and image layers within them) as image layers and place them within the top-most layer folder.

9. Click OK when you're done.

10. When the Save As dialog box appears, enter a name for your page in the File Name text box.

11. Choose the type of file you want created from the Save As Type dropdown list.

You can export the page as a BMP, JPG, or PSD file. (EX users can also export as a PNG or TGA file.) For more information about which file type to choose, see the "Optimal Settings for Your Work" section, later in this chapter.

12. Click OK when done.

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