Filters as Rulers Using the Parallel Focus and Perspective Line Rulers

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I think the speed line, focus line and vanishing point filters introduced in Chapter 14 are a great way to create special effects or prepare drawing guides when you just want it done quickly. But what if you want something a bit more hands-on?

Manga Studio EX actually provides an alternative version to all three of those filters; the parallel, focus, and perspective line rulers. Each of these perform the same basic function as their respective filters. The big difference is that instead of the computer rendering the lines . .. you do! Even better, you don't have to do anything more than simply draw on the page. The rulers take care of the rest.

For each of these rulers, you can choose to place them on either their own ruler layer or on the image layer you're currently working on. Be sure to check out Chapter 8 for more Information on setting up rulers on your page.

The parallel lines ruler

The idea behind the parallel lines ruler is pretty straight forward: You use it to draw parallel lines. (1 know, it's a big shock.) What's really cool about this function is that you don't need to do anything special after you set the drawing angle for the ruler — you just draw freehand! The ruler takes the lines you draw and automatically straightens them and snaps them to the ruler's angle. It's definitely one of the fastest and simplest means to draw up some speed lines on a page (for example) without having to break out a ruler (or in Manga Studio's case, the Ruler tool).

Follow these steps to use the parallel lines ruler:

1. From the main menu, choose Rulenl Create Parallel Lines Ruler.

The focus lines ruler appears as a series of three lines in the middle of your page.

2. From the Tools palette, select the Object Selector.

3. Click the Parallel Lines ruler and drag out and up or down along the page to rotate the ruler angle.

4. If you created the parallel lines ruler on a ruler layer, select the image layer you'd like to work on from the Layers palette.

5. Select a drawing tool from the Tools palette.

6. Start drawing! (See Figure 15-13.)

Figure 15-13:

Drawing speed lines is a breeze with the parallel lines ruler.

Figure 15-13:

Drawing speed lines is a breeze with the parallel lines ruler.

You can change the ruler angle as you work. Simply switch back to the Object Selector to rotate the ruler to the new direction.

The focus lines ruler

The focus lines filter (see Chapter 8) is a great way to quickly add focus lines to a scene. However, if you're looking to add a bit of personal flair (or you're the type that prefers to not have everything done automatically), you can always use the focus lines ruler.

The focus lines ruler automatically straightens and aligns any lines you draw freehand to a single focal point. All you need to do is set the focal point on the panel (or page) you want to add the focus lines to, and sketch away!

Follow these steps to use the focus lines ruler:

1. From the main menu, choose Ruler: Create Focus Lines Ruler. The focus lines ruler appears in the middle of your page.

2. From the Tools palette, select the Object Selector.

3. Click the focus ruler and drag it to wherever you want it on the page.

4. If you created the focus lines ruler on a ruler layer, select the image layer you'd like to work on from the Layers palette.

5. Select a drawing tool from the Tools palette.

6. Start drawing! (See Figure 15-14.)

As you draw, you should see the lines converge to the focal point of the ruler. Now you can draw lines as large or small, long or short as you'd like for the scene you're working on!

Figure 15-14:

You can draw focus lines however you'd like with the focus lines ruler.

Figure 15-14:

You can draw focus lines however you'd like with the focus lines ruler.

Focus Lines

The perspective ruler

The perspective ruler was probably the single most important item that influenced me to purchase Manga Studio EX, and I'll bet once you use it, you'll wonder how you ever drew digitally without one.

The concept is simple: All you need to do is set the focal point (or points if you're working on two or three-point perspective) on the scene you're working on. Then, you just draw! The ruler will automatically straighten the lines drawn, and snap them to whichever focal point you are drawing towards. (Check out Chapter 16 for suggestions on books on perspective if you're unfamiliar with the topic.)

If the idea of drawing in perspective has ever been a cause of stress for you, this tool will certainly help to make the concept a bit easier to handle. To use the perspective ruler, follow these steps:

1. From the main menu, choose Ruler i Create Focus Lines Ruler.

The Focus Lines Ruler appears in the middle of your page.

2. From the Tools palette, select the Object Selector.

Initially, the ruler defaults to three-point perspective. If you want to reduce it to a one- or two-point perspective, you need to select a ruler line or point with the Object Selector, right-click, and select One-Point Perspective or Two-Point Perspective from the pop-up menu.

3. To move a vanishing point, click it with the Object Selector and drag it to wherever you want it on the page.

If you're unsure which is the vanishing point, look for the ruler point that two lines are converging towards.

4. If you created the perspective lines ruler on a ruler layer, select the image layer you'd like to work on from the Layers palette.

5. Select a drawing tool from the Tools palette.

6. Start drawing! (See Figure 15-15.)

As you draw, the lines drawn automatically snap towards one of the vanishing points! Suddenly, drawing in perspective just became a whole lot easier!

Line Perspective Drawing

Figure 15-15:

You can whip up a perspective drawing in no time with the perspective ruler.

As you switch from one ruler to another, you need to make sure the drawing tool snaps to the ruler. Check the Snap To buttons located at the top of the Page toolbar (see Figure 15-16) and see if the ruler type has its snap function on. If not, simply click the button to activate.

Snap to Perspective Rulers

Snap On/Off

Snap to Parallel Rulers i

Figure 15-16:

Activate the

SnapTo Snapto Rulers function.

Snap to Focus Rulers

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  • Teppo Jansson
    How to draw a fashion figure using the easy draw rulers?
    8 years ago
  • tanta
    What ruler should use for draw perspective?
    8 years ago

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