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As you work on your page, you may find that the template settings you created (or opened from one of the default templates) aren't quite working like you originally expected. So, you make your adjustments to the print guide, add and adjust a few layers (I cover how to do this in Chapter 6), and you're all set to go. If you're planning on using these settings for future pages or stories, however, you don't want to have to readjust the settings all over again, do you? (Especially because the New Template dialog box doesn't give you the option to add and adjust layer settings.)

Manga Studio provides the option to save a new template at this stage.

1. Choose File1: Save As Template from the main menu.

A window pops up, just like the one used for creating new templates,

2. Enter a descriptive name for your template in the Template Name text

3. Make any final adjustments to the print guide dimensions.

4. (Optional) Add a memo in the Memo text box,

(Or remove them altogether, if you'd like.)

5. Click the OK button, and your template is now saved in the User folder of your page templates, ready to be reused again and again!

Just like when you use an existing template, you can't adjust the physical size of the page. So, if you're working on an 8-x-l0-inch page, it will remain that size when you save your new template.

Manga Studio provides a great organizational tool for those who may be working on a book (or a chapter of a book). Creating a new story allows you to have as many pages as you need in one convenient place. Now, instead of opening an individual page to work on, you can open a story, select your page from a list, add and delete pages as needed, create two-page spreads, and preview how consecutive pages may look when placed together.

To create a new story, follow these steps:


1. From the main menu, choose Flle1^ New1-: Story.

Alternatively, click the New Story Icon on the toolbar (second from the left), or you can press Ctrl+Alt+N (SSi-Option+N on the Mac) on your keyboard.

The New Story dialog box pops up, as shown in Figure 4-3. It's just like the one used for creating a new page (custom pages or page templates), except that there is a new group of settings available called Page Settings:

• Pages: This is where you enter the number of pages you want for your story or chapter. The drop-down list provides a selection of choices, or you can enter your own number.

• Closing Position: This setting depends on how you would like the book to be read. If you're going for an authentic manga style, where the reader reads from right to left, choose Right. If you'd like the reader to read from left to right, choose Left.

• Starting Page: This determines what the starting position for the first page of your book will be. If you'd like the first page to start on the right side, choose Right; for the left side, choose Left.

• Page Structure: This gives you the option of either keeping each page in the story separate (Single) or joining them together by twos, so you can spread your art over two pages (Double).

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2. After you've adjusted your page settings, create or select your page size and print guides.

(Check out the "Setting up a custom page: As you like it" and "Selecting page templates a la carte" sections in this chapter.)

3. Enter the name of your story in the Name text box, located in the Save section at the bottom of the dialog box.

4. Click Uie Location button to select the place on your computer you'd like the flies saved.

5. When that's all set, click the OK button.

A new window appears, containing thumbnails of all the pages you've created for your story. All you need to do now is double-click your mouse on the page (or pages, if it's a two-page spread) you'd like to work on, and it opens in a new window!

What happens if you're working on your story and you realize that you have too many pages (or not enough)? Manga Studio has that covered as well!

1. Choose StoryCInsert Page.

Alternatively, right-click (Control+click on the Mac) a story page and select Insert Page. Or click the Show Menu button on the toolbar and select Insert Page.

The Insert Page window pops up. You can't choose a page size different from what you already selected for your story, but you can choose the number of pages you wish to add.

a. Enter the number of pages you wish to add in the Insert Page combo box (or select a number from the list provided)

b. Select whether you want to add these pages before or after the current page.

2. If you want to delete a page, select Delete Page.

3. When you're done, click the OK button.

From the Story Window, you can adjust the single/double page settings on a page-by-page basis. To do this, click the page you wish to combine or separate and choose either StoryOMatch Pages to combine them or Storyl Unmatch Pages to split them up.

Adding author and page information

Having your pages centrally located in one story file is certainly a convenient means of keeping your story together. But what if you want to include some additional clerical information to the file, such as story file or author name?

To use the Change Story Settings function, follow these steps:

1. Open the story file, and make sure that you are in the Story window.

2. Choose Story; Change Story Settings from the Main menu.

With the Change Story Settings dialog box open (see Figure 44), you can now insert the following information onto the story file.

• Story Info: Inserts the story's title, episode number, and subtitle to the page. Additionally, you can choose the placement of the information (lower left, center, or right) on the page.

• Author Info; Inserts the author's name to the page. Additionally, you can choose to place the author's name on the bottom left, bottom center, or bottom right of the page.

• Page Number. Sets the placement of the page number on the page. You can choose to place it on the bottom left, bottom center, or bottom right of the page.

• Pagination Settings: When selected, the page number is placed and formatted within the print guide of the page.

You can add a prefix or suffix to the page number, set the starting page number, and set its placement on the page (bottom left, bottom center, or bottom right of the basic frame).

• Apply Settings to All Pages: When selected, all the information (and placement of that info on the page) you added to this dialog box will be saved to all the pages in the file. You can choose to save both the content and placement together, just the content, or just the content placement.

Left unchecked, the info and positioning you entered will be saved to the currently selected page.

3. Click OK to add your selected elements to the page.

Manga Studio gives you that ability with the Change Story Settings dialog box. This dialog box gives you the option to add items like the author or story name, page number placement and format, and so on. Even more, you can choose to add that info to only one page, or to all the pages in the story file at once.

For this example, you can use the included story file (labeled, simply enough. Story File), located in the Author/Chapter 4 folder of the CD-ROM.

Figure 4-4: The Change Story Settings dialog box helps you add the title and author name.

Figure 4-4: The Change Story Settings dialog box helps you add the title and author name.

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