Putting Miscellaneous Functions to

These are the hodgepodge functions that, while not exactly fitting into a specific category, continue the convenience theme that Manga Studio EX provides you. They might not seem like much, but when you're working towards a deadline, you may find these small things can help build up some extra time that you can devote to other things.

Consecutive scanning

The consecutive scanning function in Manga Studio EX allows you to do pretty much what you'd expect it to do, considering its title: It allows you to scan in several pages of work at once. What's really nice about this function is that instead of scanning the pages into separate page files, they're all combined into pages of a story file.

Considering all the other functions that you get in this program, the idea of consecutive scanning might seem like a small thing to crow about. However, those of you who have a large stack of pages you need scanned in are going to find this very useful to use. It's certainly a great way to quickly build up a story file.

Follow these steps to use the Consecutive Scanning function:

1. From the main menu, choose Filer1, imports Consecutive Scanning.

2. When the New Story dialog box appears, enter all the necessary information for your story.

I go over the New Story options in greater detail In Chapter 4.

3. When the Consecutive Scanning dialog box appears (see Figure 15-17), enter the number of pages you plan on scanning in the Page text box.

Figure 15-17:

Consecutive Scanning dialog box.

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4. Assign the page alignment of the scanned pages (Left Page, Right Page, or All Pages) from the Page drop-down list.

5. To set the image options for all the scanned pages, select the Sets the First Page by Opening It check box.

It's a confusing name for a check box, to be sure. The idea here is that when selected, the Import Image dialog box appears for the first scanned page. This is your opportunity to adjust the initial settings for the page. (Check out Chapter 5 for an extensive explanation on how to import images from a scanner).

When those settings are made, all subsequent scans in this group have the same settings. This way, if all the pages are essentially the same, you don't need to go through and adjust the options for each individual scan.

6. Select whether you want a normal or 2DLT scan from the Import Method after Scan section.

If you're unfamiliar with 2DLT importing, check out Bonus Chapter 2 on the CD, where 1 go over how it works in detail,

7. Click OK when done.

8. When the scanning program for your scanner starts up, follow its directions to scan your work into the program.

When you've scanned your work into the program, your story file is chock full of manga goodness!

Fitting and outlining selections

Something familiar to Photoshop users is the ability to take a selection and fill it in or draw an outline around it. What's unique to Manga Studio, at least for filling selections, is the ability to choose exactly what is filled in.

After you create a selection, fill it by following these steps:

1. From the main menu, choose Edit1 " Fill Selection.

The Fill Selection dialog box appears, as shown in Figure 15-18.

2. Choose the fill color (black, white, or transparent) by clicking its respective color box.

3. Choose how you want to fill the selection.

You can choose by selecting one of the following radio buttons:

• Fill All: The entire selection is filled in.

• Fill Closed Area: Only areas that are completely closed (that is, an ellipse or rectangle) are filled in within the selection.

• Protect Transparent Area: Only areas of the selection that aren't transparent are filled in.

• Draw in Transparent Area: Only the transparent area of a selection is filled in.

• Draw in Transparent and Closed Area: Only areas that are either completely enclosed or are transparent are filled in.

4. Click OK when you're happy with the settings.

If you simply want to fill in the selection with the current color you're working with, choose EditOFill Selection with Drawing Color.

Figure 15-18:

Choose how you want a selection filled.

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To outline a selection you created, follow these steps:

1. From the main menu, choose Edit*: Outline Selection.

The Outline Selection dialog box appears, as shown in Figure 15-19.

2. Select the drawing color for the outline (black, white, or transparent) by clicking on its respective color box.

3. Choose how you want the outline drawn.

You have three options you can choose among by selecting its respective radio button:

• Draw Outside: The outline is drawn on the outside of the selection border.

• Draw on the Border: The outline is drawn in the middle of the selection border.

• Draw Inside: The outline is drawn on the inside border.

4. Choose the outline's width by entering a value between 0.1 mm and 10.0 mm in the Line Width text box.

5. When you're happy with the settings, click OK.

Figure 15-19:

The Outline Selection dialog box helps you setup exactly how you want the selection outlined.

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Creating pattern brush material

Creating your own pattern brush is much like creating your own tone pattern (which I cover in Chapter 14). The main difference here is that unlike the tone pattern, you can work with your custom brush pattern like you would with any other drawing tool. So, you now get the freedom to come up with a much more random pattern than you would with a pattern tone.

Creating a new pattern brush is quite easy:

1. Either import an image you'd like to use or draw your own image.

2. Select the Rectangular Marquee tool from the Tools palette.

3. Using your mouse or stylus, click and drag a selection around the image. (See Figure 15-20.)

4. From the main menu, choose Edit1! Save Pattern as Brush Material.

5. When the Save Pattern as Brush Material dialog box appears, enter a name for your new pattern in the Name text box.

6. If you'd like this pattern to become listed as an option for the Pattern Brush, select Create a New Tool Options from Brush Material check box.

Not selecting the check box places your new pattern in the Brush pattern repository, which you can access from the Pattern Brush Tool Options palette.

7. Click OK when you're done.

Now when you use the Pattern Brush, you can draw up your new pattern however you'd like. Because the Pattern brush is pressure sensitive, the pattern image becomes as large or as small as you want, depending on how hard you press on the tablet, (Check out Figure 15-21 to see what 1 mean.)

Figure 15-20:

To create your pattern brush, select the image or drawing with the Rectangular Marquee tool.

Figure 15-21:

Your image has now become a pattern you can use over and over again!

The expression mode of the layer you used to create the image for the pattern brush is the expression mode for your pattern. So, a drawing made on a 2-bit layer becomes a 2-bit pattern.

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