Spicing Up lour Work With Fitters

Are you feeling avant-garde? Do you want to really go wild with special effects? Manga Studio EX has that covered, with a series of rendering, transformation, and other effect filters that you can add to a scene or panel to really give it an extra level of pop.

Because there are so many filters to work with and because there's only so much space in this chapter, this section is intended to give you just a taste of the various effects filters at your disposal.

Rendering fitters

Both Manga Studio Debut and EX come with the speed line, focus line, and vanishing point filters. Manga Studio EX boasts one additional rendering filter: clouds.

The clouds filter produces a random cloud effect on an 8-bit gray layer (see Figure 15-9), which can be good for a background or pattern effect in a scene. To use the Cloud filter, choose FilterCRenderOCloud Pattern from the main menu, and the program takes care of the rest.

No two renderings will be the same, so if you don't like how one rendering comes out, simply undo and try it again.

If you want to produce a darker cloud effect, run the Cloud filter over the same selection a few times. The more filters you add to the image, the darker it becomes.

Figure 15-9;

The clouds filter produces clouds (to the surprise of no one, I'm sure).

Figure 15-9;

The clouds filter produces clouds (to the surprise of no one, I'm sure).

Transformation fitters

You use the transformation filters to take your image and really mess with it. You can pull, twist, and distort the image however you'd like, as shown in Figure 15-10. If you're looking to create a really crazy effect on your page, these filters may do just the trick.

Waveform Spiral ZigZag

Normal Polar Wave

Figure 15-10:

You can create some zany effects with the transformation filters.

Normal Polar Wave

Waveform Spiral ZigZag

To use a transformation filter, select FflterOTransform from the main menu, and select the filter you wish to apply.

These are the transformation filters available to you:

IP* Polar Coordinates: Depending on the option you choose, the image is distorted into a circular shape. This is done by either by taking the rectangular coordinates of the image and converting them into polar coordinates (and vice versa) or by projecting the image as though they were on a sphere. The Polar Coordinates dialog box gives you options on how to apply the filter:

• Convert From X and Y Coordinates to Polar Coordinates: Converts the linear (x,y) coordinates of the image, into polar (north and south) coordinates, as though the image was on a globe.

• From Polar Coordinates to Rectangular Coordinates: Converts the polar (north, south) coordinates of the image, into to linear (x,y) coordinates,

• Project on a Sphere: Converts the image into a spherical shape.

Wave: Produces a watery wave effect on the image. When the Wave dialog box appears, you have the following options to adjust:

• Set the angle of the wave effect by entering a value between 0 and 180 degrees In the Direction text box.

• Set the amplitude (the strength of waves generated) can be by entering a value between 0.1 and 200.0 percent in the Amplitude text box.

• Set the number of waves generated by entering a value from 1.0 and 20.0 in the Number of Waves text box.

is Waveforms: Produces a ruffling effect by applying horizontal and vertical waves to the image. When the Waveforms dialog box appears, you have the following options to adjust:

• Set the type of waveforms created (Sine Wave, Triangular Waveform, or Rectangular Wave) by choosing their respective Waveforms radio button.

• Set the number of waves generated by entering a value from 1 and 20 in the Number of Waves text box.

• Set the wavelength of the vertical and horizontal waves by entering a value between 0,1 % and 100.0 % in their respective Wavelength text boxes.

• Set the vertical and horizontal wave amplitude (strength) by entering a value between 0.1 % and 100,0 % in their respective Amplitude text boxes.

• Set the size of the horizontal waves by entering a value between 0.0% and 100.0 % in the Horizontal Scale text box.

• Set the size of the vertical waves by entering a value between 0.0% and 100.0 % in the Vertical Scale text box.

• Set how the filter will treat the edge of the image (Rewind, which reverses the image, or Repeat to fill in the edge color, which repeats the image) by selecting one of their respective Processing Outside the Area radio buttons.

[f you're not happy with the way the effect looks, you can always try regenerating it by clicking the Regenerate button. Click OK to apply the effect.

is Spiral: Distorts the image with a spiral effect. When the Spiral dialog box appears, you have the following options to adjust:

• Set the amount that the image will be distorted by entering a value between -900 and 900 in the Skew text box, A positive value distorts the image clockwise, while a negative value distorts the image counter-clockwise.

• Set the amount of the image that will be distorted by entering a value between 0.1 (large amount) and 4.0 (small amount) in the Pull text box.

ts Zigzag: Adds a zigzag distortion to the image. When the Zigzag dialog box appears, you have the following options to adjust:

• Set the amount that the Zigzag effect rotates on the image by entering a value between 0.0 degrees and 180 degrees in the Rotate text box.

• Set the number of zigzag waves generated by entering a value between 0.1 and 30.0 degrees in the Number of Waves text box.

Adjustment filters

Best suited to 8-bit gray layers, the adjustment filters help adjust the light levels of an image, as well as clean up and fine-tune the line work of a drawing.

To use an adjustment filter, choose Filter Mmage Adjustments from the main menu, and then select the filter you wish to apply.

You have the following adjustment filters to work with:

is Brightness and Contrast: Adjusts the brightness and contrast of the image. When the Brightness & Contrast dialog box appears, you can enter a value of -100 to 100 in the Brightness and Contrast text boxes. You can have the program automatically adjust the brightness and contrast by clicking the Auto Adjust button, and can preview the effect on the image at any time by selecting the Preview checkbox.

is Tone Curve: Adjusts the brightness and contrast of image by setting its contrast density curve (which is a fancy way of saying a graphical line you can fine-tune the brightness and contrast with). When the Tone Curve dialog box appears, you can use your mouse or stylus to adjust the contrast density curve by clicking and dragging anywhere on the graph line (which creates a control box you use to adjust the graph — you can add as many of these as you'd like). You can reset the graph at any time by pressing the Reset button, and can preview the effect on the image by selecting the Preview checkbox.

f Adjust Levels: Fine-tunes the brightness and contrast of the image by adjusting its histogram levels (the amount of shadow, midtones, and highlights in an image). When the Adjust Levels dialog box appears, you set the shadows, midtones, and highlights of the image by clicking and dragging the left, center, and right triangles (respectively), located at the bottom of the histogram graph. Moving any of the triangles to the right will darken the image, while moving them to the left will lighten it.

Additionally, you can set the general brightness of the image layer by clicking and dragging the triangles located at the bottom of the brightness map (which is below the histogram graph). Moving the triangles to the right will lighten the layer, while moving them to the left will darken it.

You can have the computer automatically set the levels by clicking the Auto Adjust button, and you can preview the effect on the image at any time by selecting the preview checkbox. Click OK to apply the filter, v* Bitmap: Converts an image into a bitmap image, similar to changing the layer type. (See Chapter 6.) When the Bitmap dialog box appears, you can change the image by choosing Threshold, Dither, or Diffusion from the Type (normally labeled Expression Mode elsewhere) drop-down list. If you set a Threshold Type, you can enter a Threshold value of 0 to 255 in its text box. You can preview the effect on the image at any time by selecting the preview check box.

V Dust Cleaner: Helps remove any dirt that may have scanned in with an image. When the Dust Cleaner dialog box appears, you have the following options to adjust (note that you can preview the filter at any time by selecting the Preview check box.):

• Set the maximum size of the dust to remove by entering a value between 0.0 mm and 2.0 mm in the Size text box.

• Set the color of the dust particles to remove (black, white, or transparent) by selecting their respective Dust Color box.

• Set the color the dust will be converted to (black, white or transparent) by selecting their respective Category Color box.

f* Line Smoother: Helps smooth out any shaky or wobbly lines on an image. When the Line Smoother dialog box appears, you can adjust the following options:

• Set the amount of smoothing you want applied to the image by selecting the Smoothing check box (it's selected by default), and entering a value between 1 and 5 in the Intensity text box.

• To fill in gaps between lines, select the Join Line check box (it's selected by default).

The following options will differ, depending on the type of layer you're working on:

• For Raster Layers: Set the maximum gap size by entering a value between 0.10 mm and 5.00 mm in the Join Line text box. You can then set the Reference (the lines that will be joined) and Drawing Color (the color of the join line drawn) by selecting black, white, or transparent from their respective color boxes.

• For Vector Layers: Set the strength of the join line function by entering a value between 1 and 20 in the Intensity text box.

If you're working on a Vector Layer, you can choose to have the entire line smoothed out as a whole, or only the ends by selecting the Correct Entire Line check box.

K* Line Width Correction: Adjusts the thickness of the lines in the image. When the Line Width Correction dialog box appears, you can select from one of the following options by clicking on its respective radio button:

• To widen the lines, select Widen to the Specified Width, and enter a value between 0.00 mm and 2.00 mm in its text box.

• To thin out the lines, select Narrow to the Specified Width, and enter a value between 0.00 mm and 2.00 mm in its text box.

• For Vector Layers, you can enlarge the lines by a certain magnification, select Expand to the Specified Magnification, and enter a value between 1.00 and 5.00 in its text box.

• For Vector Layers, you can shrink the lines by a certain magnification, select Reduce to the Specified Magnification, and enter a value between 1.00 and 5.00 in its text box.

• For Vector Layers, you can set all the lines to a specific width, select Set Constant Line Width and enter a value between 0.1 mm and 10.0 mm in its text box.

If you are working on a Vector Layer you can adjust the lines as a whole (as opposed to only a portion of them) by selecting the Correct Entire Line check box.

Effect filters

The effect filters perform a much more subtle effect on an image than the transformation filters do, although you can used effect filters to distort the image just the same. Examples of these effects can be seen in Figure 15-11.

To use an effect filter, choose Filters Effects from the main menu, and select the effect you wish to apply. You have six filters to choose from:

f Mosaic: Adds a pixelated effect to the image. When the Mosaic dialog box appears, you can set the size of the mosaic blocks by entering a value from 0.1 mm to 99.0 mm in the Mosaic Block text box.

m* Blur/Blur More: Softens a raster layer image. The amount of blurring depends on which of the two functions you choose. There are no dialog boxes for either of these functions.

V Gaussian Blur: Adds a customized softening to a raster layer image. When the Gaussian Blur dialog box appears, you can set a blurring range from 0.1 mm to 10.0 mm in the Range text box. You can also adjust the preview quality (before the filter is applied) by selecting High or Low Quality from the Preview Quality drop-down list.

V Sharpen/Sharpen More: Sharpens a raster layer image. The amount sharpened depends on which of the two functions you choose. There are no dialog boxes for either of these functions.

v* Posterize: Reduces the number of gray colors in an image. When the Posterize dialog box appears, you can set the amount of posterization by entering a value from 2 to 20 in the Posterization Level text box.

v Invert: Inverts the foreground and background colors of the image. Transparent areas aren't affected by this filter. There is no dialog box for this function.

Normal

Sharpen More

Sharpen

Blur More

Gaussian Blur

Mosaic

Normal

Figure 15-11:

You can create subtle effects on an image using the effects filters.

Blur More

Gaussian Blur

Sharpen More

Mosaic

Sharpen

Invert

Posterize

Special effect filters

Special effect filters perform additional enhancements to your image or line art.

To use a special effect filter, select Filters Special Effects from the main menu, and select the filter you wish to apply. You have two filters to choose from:

v* SHD: You use the SHD, or Super High Density Filter, to beef up the quality of a lower-resolution image by either applying a diffusion, dither, or threshold effect to the line work. This helps to smooth out the jagged lines that appear in a low-resolution image or line art. See Figure 15-12 for an example — the image in the top-left corner is a low-resolution image that's jagged; the bottom-right corner shows how the image appears after applying the SHD filter.

When the SHD dialog box appears, you can set the resolution of the image (150dpi to the maximum resolution of the image) by selecting from the Resolution drop-down list. You can also set the Expression mode of the image by selecting Threshold, Dither, or Diffusion from the Type drop-down list (if you select Threshold, you can enter a threshold value between 0 and 255 in its respective text box).

2DLT: This filter performs 2DIT effects to turn a scanned image into line art and tones. Check out Bonus Chapter 2 on the CD for a more in-depth discussion on how 2DLT works.

Figure 15-12:

The SHD filter helps smooth out the jagged lines of a low-resolution image.

Figure 15-12:

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