Printing lour Work

If you're looking to sell your comic book but you don't have the money to get it printed professionally don't worry about it! You can just as easily use your own printer to create your comic book.

If you check out any comic or anime convention, you almost always find a small press or self-publisher section. The artists there sell their goods on nothing more than a stack of 8.5-x-l 1-inch paper and a few staples. This is probably the simplest and cheapest way you can sell your comic in a physical form.

in Manga Studio, you can print pages either individually or as a story. For the following steps, I focus on how to print a single page (although I point out options that you use when printing a story):

1. From the main menu, choose File1: Print Setup.

The first dialog box you'll see the first time you print in Manga Studio, is the Printer Setup dialog box you usually see whenever you want to print on your computer). I discuss what 1 feel are the best settings for print in the "Optimal Settings for your Work" section, later in this chapter, so for now you can click the OK button to exit. (You can always change the printer settings later on by selecting FileCPrint.)

You should now see the Print Setup dialog box, as shown in Figure 13-1.

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

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 print each page separately, or you can select the Dual Page option button to print both pages together on a single page.

Keep in mind that if you choose to print the whole spread on one page, it will be smaller, and you may need to set the paper to print horizontally (Landscape mode).

Choose the print size of the page by selecting one of the option buttons in the Print Size section:

• Actual Size: The size of the page in centimeters. Any part of the page outside of the paper size is cut off.

• Adapt to the Page Format: The image resizes to fit inside the paper.

• Actual Pixels: The size of the page in pixels, relative to the paper size. Any part of the page outside of the paper size is cut off.

• Spread (EX only): Both pages of a two-page spread will be printed on one piece of paper. The spread is adjusted to fit the paper.

If you're printing from a story file, the option is different. Instead of a Spread radio button, you have a dropdown list, where you can choose to either print two pages (Spread) or four pages (4 pages) per piece of paper. The pages will be adjusted so that any two-page spreads will be printed concurrently on the same page.

• Free Size (EX only): This option allows you to set what part of the page is printed on the paper. This is useful if the page happens to be a bit larger than the paper size.

When selected, you simply move and resize the paper (click and drag a corner of the page to resize, as shown in Figure 13-2) until it is at the size you want, and the page is positioned properly.

• Dual Page (EX only): How this option works depends on if you're printing a two-page spread or a story.

Story files are printed two pages per piece of paper. Each page in the story is treated individually, so two-page spreads (EX only) may be split up, depending on their placement in the story. (For example, a spread on pages two and three would be split up.) If you want to ensure spreads are printed on the same paper, select the Spread option instead.

If you're printing from an individual two-page spread file, each half of the spread is printed on its own page.

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With the Free Size option (EX only), you can size and position the paper however you'd like.

4. Select how much of the page you waut printed by selecting one of the following option buttons in the Print Area section;

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

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

* Entire Page: Everything drawn on the page is printed.

* Circumscribed Rectangle: Anything you select with the Rectangular Marquee tool is printed. Anything beyond the selection is ignored. If you haven't selected anything, this option is unavailable.

5. Select an option in the Color Depth of Printed image secUoti.

You really have only two choices here: You can select either the Monochrome or the RGB Color option buttons. (If you aren't familiar with the term RGB, 1 suggest doing a search on the Internet for color theory. You'll find much more in-depth information on the subject than 1 can provide in this book).

Choosing one or the other really depends on if you have color on the page. If your work is completely black and white, you can choose either option, as the result will look the same. (Although, if you want to have any extra items in color — print guide, page number, author and title, and so on — you would want to select RGB.) On the other hand, unless you want to produce a grayscale version of your work, you need to select the RGB Color radio button ior any color to be printed on the paper.

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

You can select 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. (Flip to Chapter 6 for the details on layers.)

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 5 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 is printed. This option is available only if you're planning on printing the entire page.

• 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) is printed.

• Output Grid: The Grid Layer overlays the artwork when printed.

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

• Output Page Number. If you're printing a page within a story file, the page number is printed in an area of your choosing on the paper.

• Output Title/Episode/Author: If you're working from a story file and fill in the requisite information, the title, episode number, and author are printed in an area of your choosing on the paper.

8. If you use Manga Studio EX, select any other special settings you'd like for your page in the Special Settings section:

• Rotate 90 Degrees: The paper the page is printed on is rotated 90 degrees from vertical (Portrait mode) to horizontal (Landscape mode). The artwork's orientation remains the same. (That is, it stays vertical.)

• Page Format/Split and Print: If you're looking to print a page that's larger than the paper available, you can choose to have the image span over more than one page (up to four pages). Simply select the Page Format check box and select the number of pages you want to use from the Split and Print drop-down list.

If you're printing a story file, only the Split and Print drop-down list is shown.

Click OK to exit.

If you're using Manga Studio EX, you can optionally click the Print button, which starts the printing process.

When you're happy with the page settings, choose File1: Print from the main menu.

This brings you back to the Printer Setup dialog box you saw back in Step 1. If you made changes to the printer setup back then, you can simply click the OK button to begin printing. If you didn't and aren't sure what are the best settings, check out the "Optimal Settings for Your Work" section, later in this chapter.

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