Maximizing your undos

I do say earlier in the book to be careful to not become too dependent on the Undo function, as it can result in you tweaking your page more than is probably necessary. That said, it never hurts to maximize the number of undos available, just in case.

To change the number of undos, follow these steps:

1. Choose File1: Preferences; in the Preferences dialog box, click the +■ to expand the Page menu tree and select the Undo menu.

2. Enter a value between 1 and 20 in the Undo Levels text box.

If you're looking to maximize the number of undos, enter 20.

3. Click OK when you're done.

Changing your default layer settings

If you find yourself constantly changing the settings of any new layers you create, it's safe to say you aren't too happy with the default settings. Changing those settings is easy to do in Manga Studio.

To change the default layer settings, follow these steps:

1. Choose File11 Preferences; in the Preferences dialog box, select Layer palette on the left. (See Figure 14-5.)

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2. If you want to simply change the layer type, select a new layer type from its respective drop-down list.

3. To change all of the default layer settings, click the Default Options button.

The Layer Properties dialog box appears, as shown in Figure 14-6.

4. (Optional) Enter a name for the layer in the Layer Name text box.

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5. From the Resolution drop-down list, select the resolution you wish the default layer to use.

You have four options in this list:

• Medium Resolution (300 dpi)

• Maximum Resolution (the page file's resolution up to 1200 dpi)

6. From the Expression Mode drop-down list, select the expression mode of the layer (lbit, 2bit, or Shit).

Check out Chapter fi for an explanation of the various expression modes.

7. Adjust the opacity of the layer by entering a value between 0% and 100% in the Opacity text box.

8. From the Display Color radio buttons, choose whether you want to display the layer in grayscale or color by selecting one option.

9. If you choose to display in color, select your foreground and background colors by clicking the Alternative Color to Black/White color boxes and picking the new color from the Color Settings dialog box.

10. Click the Palette Color box and select the color the layer will appear in the Layers palette from the Color Settings dialog box.

11. From the Output Attribute radio buttons, select whether the layer will be a Sketch or Finish layer.

12. Set whether the layer-specific rulers are created on the image layer or on its own by selecting the Convert to Layer check box.

13. Set whether you want the rulers visible by selecting the Hide check box.

14. If you chose an 8-bit expression mode, select the subtractive method (Does Not Subtract, Threshold, Dither, or Convert to Tone) from the Subtractive Method dialog box.

Check out Chapter 6 for more info on subtractive methods.

15. If you chose the Threshold subtractive method, set its threshold by entering a value between 0 and 255 in the Threshold text box.

16. Click OK when you're done.

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