Using the Materials Catalog or quick reference

Manga Studio comes preinstalled with thousands of tones and patterns to use. (That number is even larger if you own Manga Studio EX.) So, it can be a bit daunting to find the right type of tone for your work. Fortunately, the hunting process is easier than you may think.

The Materials Catalog that comes with the program in electronic form contains every single tone and pattern type available to Manga Studio Debut and EX users. It also covers all the default and EX-exclusive Computones, as well as all of the 2DLT and 3DLT materials that EX users can work with. (I go over 2DLT and 3DLT in Bonus Chapter 2 on the CD.)

To access the Materials Catalog, simply choose Helpci Materials Catalog from the main menu. The catalog is in PDF format, so make sure you have a PDF reader installed (such as Adobe Acrobat Reader or Foxit Reader),

In Chapter 1,1 say that one of the things that Manga Studio doesn't do easily is color work. Note that I don't say it's impossible to do; it's just not easy. Actually, coloring your work in Manga Studio can be a fun little exercise to practice. It certainly proves to be a useful trick to know if you really want to add color to your page but don't have access to a program better suited to digital coloring, such as Photoshop. Just expect to have many, many layers if you're planning on using lots of different colors, because each color has to be on its own layer.

If you're looking for an alternative to working in black and white, it's a nice alternative to work with color layers. How in-depth you'd like to go with colors on your page (and, subsequently, how many layers you're willing to work with) is up to you.

While it'll look best at the final (inked) stage of your work, you can add your color layers at any time of your creative process. If you're still roughing things out, you may find it to be a good time to test out what colors will work.

To add some color to your page, follow these steps:

1. From the main menu, choose Layers New Layer. The New Layer dialog box appears.

2. Enter an easily identifiable name in the Layer Name text box.

The default layer type (raster) and resolution (high) will work just fine, so leave those as they are.

3. Select the type of Expression Mode you want for the layer from its respective drop-down list.

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The expression mode you choose is a matter of personal preference, as all of the layers will work in color. Personally, I like to use a Gray (8bit) layer with the "Does Not Subtract Colors" Subtractive Method, as it produces solid colors without any dithering,

5. Open the Layer Properties palette (F7 on your keyboard).

6. Click the Color radio button.

7. Click the Alternative Color to Black color box. (On an 8-bit layer, it says Alternative Color to Gray.)

The Color Settings dialog box appears.

8. Select the color you want to work with and click OK.

9. From the Tools palette, select a drawing tool (Pen, Marker, Fill, and so on).

10. Start drawing in the color on the canvas.

11. Repeat Steps 1-11 for each additional color you want to include.

If you are on a black-and-white (2-bit) layer and want to cut down on the number of potential color layers, use the background color as well as the foreground color. Click the Alternative Color to White color box and pick your secondary color. Then, just switch between the foreground and background colors as you work.

For a quick way to add shadows and highlights, create a simple black-and-white image layer. Then, adjust the opacity from the Layer Properties palette until the blacks and whites are at the level of transparency you want to work at.

If you want to stick with screentones in your work, there's nothing stopping you from coloring them. Simply select the Color radio button on the Layer Properties palette of the tone you want to colorize and click the Tone Color box to select the color you want. It's a cool way to add a pop-art or old-school-color newsprint look to your work!

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