Exporting to an Image File

If you're looking to save a copy of your work to use in another program, or if you want to create a file to send to a professional printer, Manga Studio has that covered. The Export function lets you create a file in many common formats at any size you'd like. Here, you get the option to choose what parts of the page are exported (such as inks, tones, or text), and which are ignored (such as roughs or the print guide). I explain these options in-depth in Chapter 5.

For this example, you can try exporting the page into a Web site-friendly format.

1. From the main menu, choose FlleCExport^ Export Image by Pixel Specification.

Notice in the Export menu that you actually have two ways you can export your file. If you know the exact size in inches or centimeters you'd like to export the file to, you would choose Export Image by Size Specification. But because this exercise is all about exporting for the Web, you'll want to export by pixel size. (I explain why pixels matter with Web applications in Chapter 13.)

You now see the Export Image dialog box, as shown in Figure 3-20.

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2. Enter a width of 700 pixels in the Width text box.

The aspect ratio of the page is locked. This means that regardless of what size you set the width, the height automatically adjusts so that the page retains the same general shape. So when you adjust the width in the text box, the height is automatically adjusted as well.

The average user has her computer monitor set at a resolution of 1024 pixels wide by 768 pixels high, with some still going as low as 800 by 600. Having an image of about 600-750 pixels is a safe size to cover every potential computer resolution you can run into, while still keeping some sense of readability.

3. From the Resolution drop-down list, select 72 dpi.

72 dpi is the resolution that a computer monitor best approximates the physical size of the image. So anything beyond that, even though you'd be shrinking the image down to 700 pixels regardless, is overkill. Stick with 72 dpi if all you need is an image for the World Wide Web.

In the Output area, select the Image Within Print Guide radio button.

Much like when the printer cuts off the trim area of your page for the final product, you want to do the same type of thing for your Web image. It's good to stay in the mindset that what really matters is the area of the page within the print guide and that anything in the trim area is expendable.

5. In the Output Color Depth area, select the RGB Color radio button.

When you're exporting to such a small file, using a monochrome setting results in poor quality line work, and a moiré effect on your screentones (for those unfamiliar with the moiré effect, I discuss that in Chapter 11). Setting the image to RGB adds enough anti-aliasing to keep the integrity and general feel of the line art intact.

6. In the Output Data Settings area, make sure that the Output Finished Image, Output Text, and Output Tone check boxes are the only ones selected.

Any layers you designated as Sketch layers (check out the "Roughing Your Page" section earlier in this chapter to set up your Sketch layers) are ignored when the file is exported, which is exactly what you want — because the only part you're interested in showing off is the final line work, tones, and text.

The rest of the check boxes you see in the dialog box are irrelevant for exporting a Web-ready image, so they can remain unselected. But if you want to find more information on what exactly those other boxes do, you can check out Chapter 13, where 1 go over each and every one of them.

What you see now is the Save As dialog box corresponding to your particular operating system.

8. Enter the name of the file in the File Name text box.

9. Select JPEG from the Save As Type drop-down list.

JPEG files are probably the most well-known and often-used file format on the Web, as they produce a fine combination of image quality and file size. Odds are, every single graphical browser created can read a JPEG file, so you may as well stick with what works.

You're done! You now have a page that is all set for you to upload to your Web site of choice.

Printing a Hard Copt}

It can be. But what if you want to print only the line art, without any screen-tones? Setting up your page for printing gives you the chance to be as specific as you want regarding what is printed and what is ignored. Then, when you're ready to print, you'll know that you're going to get exactly what you want.

For this example, you can set up the page to include the final artwork, the bleed area, and the print guide, should you decide to put together your book yourself or send off to a professional printer.

Follow these steps to set up your page for printing:

1. From the main menu, select Filci Print Setup.

The first thing that appears, at least the first time, is the Printer Setup dialog box. You can go through and change those settings however you want, depending on your printer type and your operating system.

2. Click OK in the Printer Setup dialog box.

The Print Setup dialog box appears, as shown in Figure 3-21. This is where you can get as specific as you want, regarding what is printed and what is left behind.

3. In the Print Size area, select Actual Size radio button.

This is going to depend on dimensions of the page file, but if you want to avoid any potential moiré effect in your screentones (see Chapter 11), it's best to print your work at actual size.

If you're not able to print at the actual size, then you can choose to shrink the image down to fit the page by selecting the Adapt to the Page Format radio button.

4. In the Print area, select the Entire Page radio button.

This makes sure that all the art you've drawn is printed, including the parts that you'll trim off later.

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5. In the Color Depth of Printed Image area, select the Monochrome radio button.

Unlike in the "Exporting to an Image File" section of this chapter, where you switch to RGB to maintain quality during image shrinking, keeping the image in monochrome when printing it works just fine. This helps maintain the sharpness of the line art and tones, without any chance of potential anti-aliasing happening.

6. In the Output Data Settings area, select the check boxes that refer to the parts of your artwork that you want to print.

1 go over this in much more detail in Chapter 13, but basically this section helps you pick and choose what parts of the image you want printed out.

For example, if you wanted to print out only the line art and text, you would check the Output Finished Image and Output Text check boxes, and deselect all of the other ones in this section.

For layers that you have as sketches and finished art, whatever gets printed will depend on how you've designated the layers. Check out the "Roughing Your Page Out" section of this chapter to find out how you can set the layer as Sketch or Finish.

7. In the Page Settings area, select the Output Print Guide check boxes.

Printing the guide can help you later when you trim the bleed off the paper. All the other check boxes are irrelevant for this exercise (although I go over them all In Chapter 13).

8. Click Print.

This brings you back to the Printer dialog box.

9. Click OK in the Printer dialog box.

You're done! Check out your printer, and you should see your page, hot off the press.

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