Roughing the Page

After you have a new page created, the next order of business is to draw! The rest of the figures you see in this chapter demonstrate the type of work you can do in Manga Studio, but this is as good an opportunity as any for you to have fun and let your imagination go crazy.

Before you start laying out your page, you should set up the image layer you'll be drawing on as your Roughs layer. This is a good practice to get into with not only this roughs layer, but later on as you add new layers for inks and other effects.

1. Using your mouse or stylus, make sure that the image layer is highlighted. (It's marked Layer 011 the palette.)

If the Layers palette isn't visible, press F4 on your keyboard.

2. Double-click the image layer on the Layers palette.

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When you do that, the Layer Properties palette opens, if it isn't already visible.

What you want to do now is set the layer up so that you will know later that this is your roughs layer. Changing its name and drawing color will help you when you start inking.

3. When the Layer Properties palette opens, click on the Advanced View button to bring up the additional layer options.

4. Type Roughs in the Layer Name text box.

5. To change the drawing color, select Color from the Display Color radio buttons.

Now when you start drawing on this layer, all the work is the default color. You can always change the color later by clicking the Alternative Color to Black color box and selecting your preferred color.

6. Select Sketch from the Output Attribute radio buttons.

Changing the Output Attribute is useful when you're going to print or export your work. Besides, it's a good habit to get into when it comes to setting up which layers you want to use for sketching and which layers you'll use for your finish work.

The properties should now look like the settings in Figure 3-3. At this stage, you don't need the Layer Properties palette anymore, so feel free to close it, if you'd like the extra screen space.


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7. On the Tools palette, select the Pencil tool.

For the purpose of roughing your page out, the default pencil should suffice. If you'd like to change it, however, just hold down the Pencil tool button for a couple of seconds and a selection of pencils pops up, as shown in Figure 34. Select the pencil you'd like to use from that drop-down list.










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Figure 3-5: Time to start roughing out the page.

Figure 3-5: Time to start roughing out the page.

8. Start drawing!

I'm sure I don't need to go into too much detail in this step. All you need to do is use your drawing tablet or mouse to start roughing out your layout. Figure 3-5 shows what I came up with.

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