How to Draw Manga Step by Step

Mad About Manga

Learn To Draw Manga Like A Professional Manga Artist. In this course you'll learn how to draw the exact dimensions required and how to balance facial features perfectly so that your characters hold the expressions you desire. Discover exactly how to draw males and female Manga characters, young and old, with perfect eyes, noses, ears and mouths so you can have complete control over your character's personality! In Mad About Manga, you'll learn: The essential rules for Manga text that ensure it's punchy and captivating. Follow my three step drafting technique that produces professional Manga strories with ease. How to use different styles of word baloons to create engaging easy to follow Manga. Vital rules for layout of characters and dialogue for creating Manga that people will enjoy. Learn the 3 components of comic humour and make your Manga hilariously entertaining. Learn the golden rule for connecting with your readers so they'll love your Manga. Continue reading...

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The Tones palette in Manga Studio EX

Manga Studio EX users have almost twice the number of tones available to them compared to Manga Studio Debut. So the folder structure in EX's Tone palette is set up differently from Debut's. f Computones The tone sets here are the same as those you can use with the Computones function, although these are specifically designed to be used like Manga Studio's standard tone sets. Monologue Tones that are really a collection of manga-style thought balloons. Manga artists like to use a different style of word balloon when conveying the inner thoughts of a character, compared to Western-style thought balloons,

Drawings Of Manga People

Manga Backgrounds Drawing

Since well-defined illustrations are fundamental to manga, characters are drawn with thick lines and backgrounds with thin lines. While it doesn't matter what you use to draw manga, keep in mind that drawings done with ballpoint pens and pencils do not show up well when printed. Since ballpoint pens in particular yield thin, monotonic lines and tend to leave rub marks, they are hardly ever used.

Creating Word Balloons in Manga Studio Debut

Manga Studio Word Balloons

First, the bad news Creating word balloons isn't the easiest thing to do in Manga Studio Debut. Fact is, it's a multistep process to create word balloons for your text. (Manga Studio EX really shines here the process of making word balloons is much easier with this version. If you're using Manga Studio EX, skip ahead to the Creating Word Balloons in Manga Studio EX section.) The good news is that this process can give you some artistic freedom to come up with you own style. (If you've created word balloons in Photoshop, the process isn't that much different in Manga Studio Debut. The only difference is for those who use the selection tools in Photoshop, as you won't be using that in Manga Studio.) To create a word balloon in Manga Studio Debut, follow these steps

Creating Word Balloons in Manga Studio EX

You Manga Studio EX users out there have things a lot easier than Debut users, as far as creating word balloons go. In fact, all you need to do is take advantage of the Word Balloon function, and you can use any of EX's prein-stalled balloons. If none of the default templates are to your liking, you can simply create your own, which you can re-use as many times as you want (Or you can create them by hand see the Creating Word Balloons in Manga Studio Debut section, earlier in this chapter.) So, word balloon creation in Manga Studio EX boils down to typing and formatting the text on the Text tab of the Layer Properties palette, and then opening and adjusting the balloon settings on the Word Balloon tab in the Layer Properties palette.

How To Draw Manga Clothes

Draw Manga Faces Turned

Never forget the pleasure of creating and drawing. The essence of improving your manga is to have fun doing it. Hardly anyone can draw a picture without using something as a reference. The same goes for manga. Even the pros study other artists' works and then draw their own. Hardly anyone can draw a picture without using something as a reference. The same goes for manga. Even the pros study other artists' works and then draw their own. In manga the essence of the drawing ultimately comes down to balance. The source of coolness or beauty in a drawing can be found in the composition, sketching, modulation of black-and-white and the like.

The Tones palette in Manga Studio Debut

The Tones palette in Manga Studio Debut. That said, here's a general overview of the types of tones in Manga Studio Debut you're likely to use j** Computones While Manga Studio EX has an additional function devoted to Computones (which I cover in the Computones section, later in the chapter), a collection of those tones has been adapted for use in the main Manga Studio program. Located in the DefaultXComputones folder of the Tones Palette, these tone sets include Monologue Manga artists like to use a different style of word balloon when conveying the inner thoughts of a character, compared to Western-style thought balloons. This is a collection of various manga-styled thought balloons.

HouJ Manga Studio Differs from Other Drawing Programs

Manga Studio Pencils

In many ways, Manga Studio is similar to other drawing programs available, such as Adobe Photoshop or Corel Painter. Each of these programs is good in its own right, but because Manga Studio is first and foremost a comic creation program, it has a few functions that set it apart from other drawing programs and that help make your life as a digital artist easier. The one critique I have about the program is that its name was changed from the original Japanese name of Comic Studio to Manga Studio here in America. I'm not really sure why the name was changed, aside from catching the eye of manga fans and artists. The problem with this name change is that when I talk to my Western-based comic book artist buddies, they think that the program is for the production of manga only. Far from it. So let me reassure you you can use Manga Studio to draw manga, superhero comics, or any other style or genre of sequential art. In the following figure, you can see three different styles of comics, all...

Creating Your First Manga Page A Quick Start Guide

M MJhile the rest of this book is devoted to a detailed look at the ins and ww outs of Manga Studio, sometimes a person just wants to know the absolute basic things needed to create a comic from start to finish. Ask and ye shall receive this chapter is just for you. This chapter is all about starting down your path to manga creation quickly and easily. I go through only the vital information you need to know about Manga Studio, as well as the basic tools you need to get the job done. If you need more detailed information well, that's what the rest of the book is for As I go through the basic steps to create a page, I make sure to point out which chapters in the book you can turn to in order to get a closer look at how certain tools and functions work within Manga Studio. For the purpose of this quick-start guide, I'm using Manga Studio Debut. This is for simplicity's sake, as the goal here is to show a means of creating a page that both versions of the program (Manga Studio EX and...

Understanding and Taking Advantage of the Manga Studio EX Palettes

The basic palette that users of Manga Studio Debut and EX have has been covered throughout the course of this book. However, I'm sure you EX users have noticed an additional group of palettes that I haven't touched on yet. Manga Studio won't let you save your custom material in the Default folder, so you need to be sure you have the User folder selected before you can go any further. You can include other files in this folder by clicking the Show Menu button and selecting Import. You can save any kind of file to the Materials folder even ones that you can't use in Manga Studio For non-Manga Studio files, the native program used to open the item starts up when you double-click it. Manga Studio comes preinstalled with a series of actions. They're all pretty basic, and while I think you may find them useful, I believe the default actions are more useful to give you an idea of what you can do with your own customized actions.

Methods to Becoming a Manga Artist

Female Anatomy Line Drawings

To become a manga artist, entering the new talent competitions sponsored by each of the publishers is a lood kJea, but To become a manga artist, entering the new talent competitions sponsored by each of the publishers is a lood kJea, but Take your work directly to the publisher and have an editor read your manga. Then, ask for some advice. Take your work directly to the publisher and have an editor read your manga. Then, ask for some advice.

Examining How Tones Work in Manga Studio

As I mention in the introduction of this chapter, a major problem with using tones in your work is cost. That's why the advent of digital programs like Manga Studio is so beneficial to the industry The amount of money you save by having an almost infinite supply of tones at your disposal is outstanding. Unlike some programs that use digital tones, the ones in Manga Studio are vector based. Much like the vector layers available to Manga Studio EX users for their ink work, the vector tones allow you to scale as large or as small as you like, without any loss of quality. This is an amazingly important feature, as the tone quality remains consistent regardless of export or print size. This practically eliminates the chances of a moir effect (unwanted patterns that appear in screen tones see the No more moir sidebar later in this chapter.) If you're primarily looking to use Manga Studio for producing webcomics, I still recommend working at the size you'd like your pages to be if they were...

Take Advantage of Manga Studio Tools

There's a reason that Manga Studio comes chock full of tools for you to use it's to help you streamline your work and increase your productivity. It's also nice to use a program that you don't have to necessarily shoehorn into working for you. I happen to like this program because I get to use real-world tools on a digital plane. Sure, Photoshop and Painter have line and curve tools, but they can't create rulers and guides on the fly and treat them like the real thing Add to that the myriad of pens, pencils, airbrushes, and screen tones (and a large number of each type of tool) that Manga Studio places at your disposal. It never hurts to take advantage of the fact that this is a computer program you're working with. If there are ways that Manga Studio can save you time and headaches, by all means, use them

Help for the Beginning Manga Studio Artist

Purchasing additional RAM to help your computer while running Manga Studio Purchasing a drawing tablet and or scanner to help create your art in the program Defining basic comic page terminology Suggesting some storytelling tips Offering additional suggestions for when you feel frustrated with the creative process This chapter is aimed squarely at the new wave of digital artists out there who pick up this book. Maybe you're the person who always dreamed about drawing comics but didn't know where to begin. Or you could be the person who received this book and a copy of Manga Studio as a gift (if that's the case, Happy birth day Chris tmas Kwanzaa Chanukah Festivus or whatever) and aren't sure where to go from here. The chapter's broken down into, I'd say, one-third useful computer hardware information to help you use Manga Studio and two-thirds (hopefully) useful suggestions on comics and manga creation and storytelling in general.

Closely Read Other Manga and Comics

I'm sure you have a least a small collection of your favorite comics and or manga. You've read really good ones multiple times, I bet. The story is really compelling, or the artwork is top-notch, or maybe it's one of the modern classics, where you get the best of both worlds.

Manga Tachikiri

Manga Magasine

Use this size when drawing for the majority of manga magazines. Commercial manga magazines are drawn in B4 size and then reduced to 82 and made into manga magazines. manga paper (for use with a manga magazine) manga magazine Kento paper, art paper, and high-quality 90-kg and 135-kg paper are the types most often used in drawing manga. (135-kg paper is thicker and more durable than 90-kg paper.) the size when made into a manga magazine the size when made into a manga magazine The drawing area (frame) for manga pages is fixed. Manga paper sold commercially has the frame lines printed on the page. Extend the drawing a few centimeters beyond the normal frame to create tachikiri drawings. Manga paper has tachikiri guidelines indicating how far to extend the drawing. Gather two pages of manga paper. Gather two pages of manga paper.

Manga Studio EX Only

Working with the focus line, parallel line, and perspective line rulers Explaining some of the other exclusive Manga Studio EX tools and features. ere's where spending the extra money for Manga Studio EX pays off. W W Fundamentally, there aren't any major differences between Manga Studio Debut and Manga Studio EX. Both versions do an excellent job with exactly what they're intended to do help you digitally produce the finest work you can. In fact, if you compared a page created in Debut and a page created in EX, you wouldn't be able to tell the difference (unless the EX user decided to use a lot of funky effects on the page). I think that the real difference between the two versions boils down to convenience. Both versions can perform the same tasks but Manga Studio EX can perform some of them easier and faster. The advantages that EX has over its little brother Debut ranges from setting the color density of all the drawing tools at once to drawing correctly in perspective simply by...

How To Draw Manga

Girl Face Silhouette Through Window

Important and difficult parts of a manga. Found on page one, they are Some people like to carefully draw the sketches in the rough draft. Sometimes they are drawn with such care that they can be enlarged and used as outlines for the final manga. A 'neemu' is the proposal draft or blueprint for a manga. A 'neemu' is the proposal draft or blueprint for a manga. introductory section of a manga. There are a lot of people who want to draw manga but don't know how to create a rough draft or write a story. So how does one go about creating a rough draft Professional manga artists face the same challenge.

Manga Drawing

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Bracing Manga

Resource Manga For Dummies, by Kensuke Okabayashi (Wiley) Seriously though, Kensuke Okabayashi's book is perfect for the beginning manga artist. He works to include many of the basics of drawing and character design in this book, with many simple tips and instructions to get you started down the path towards creating your own work.

SaOe As Template Onthefty template creation

Manga Studio provides the option to save a new template at this stage. 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. 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. 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 Manga Studio gives you that ability with the Change Story Settings dialog box. This dialog box...

Whoops The Eraser tool

I'd love to meet the artist who can do his or her work without the need for an eraser, because I could certainly learn a thing or two from this superhuman. For the rest us, Manga Studio provides a wide variety of erasers. You access the Eraser tool in two ways While initially, it may look like there's only one size pencil and eraser to work with, you actually have a large selection to choose from Manga Studio comes with a prebuilt selection of pencils and erasers to use, which you can select and tweak however you'd like. Taking into account the myriad options you can adjust, tweak, and modify, you have a near-infinite number of tools at your disposal. Try carrying that number of pencils and erasers around in your toolbox. Size All the tool sizes in Manga Studio are measured in millimeters. You can enter the size you'd like to use in the Size text box, or you can click the black arrow and drag the slider that appears to select your desired size.

Advice on Drawing Pages for Submission to Publishers

Drawing Anime Tracing

The standard size of text in Japanese manga dialogue balloons is 0.5 cm by 0.5 cm(0.5cm is approx. 0.2 in.) per letter with about seven Japanese characters per line. The representative fonts often used in Japanese manga are When the manga is published, the publisher will put it in for you so be sure and write the title in pencil. When the manga is published, the publisher will put it in for you so be sure and write the title in pencil.

Creating your ovOn page templates

Manga Page Template

Say you've looked through the list of page templates but don't see what you need to work with. Or perhaps you've created a custom page but you don't want to change the settings every time you want to create a new page (or worse, forget what your settings originally were ). Fortunately, Manga Studio allows you to design your own template. Now, you can create and come back to your custom page whenever you want, and not worry about having to change any settings

Installing Computones

The installation process for Computones works pretty much the same as when you first installed Manga Studio 1. Place the third Manga Studio EX installation disc into your CD-ROM drive. This step will vary, depending on how you purchased Manga Studio EX (by CD or download) or if you are installing one of the third-party Computones sets. * For the download version of EX on the Mac, double click the Image that says Manga Studio EX 3 Computones Disk 3 , and then double click on the Computones Folder when the image window appears. 3. Double-click the installation program. When the confirmation dialog box appears, click OK (make sure that the Computones program isn't running in Manga Studio EX). The first time you install a Computone set into the computer, the Browse for Folder dialog box appears (shown in Figure 11-15), asking you to specify the destination directory or folder. You can install the Computones anyplace on the system (you aren't limited to the Manga Studio folder), so specify...

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. 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.

Using Airbrush and Pattern Effects With lour Line

So, when I'm working on a program such as Manga Studio, 1 try to take advantage of whatever shortcuts it happens to provide especially during the inking stage. This can be adding hatch marks to a character's jacket, adding a repetitive design to a background, or changing lines on a leather jacket from black to white. Luckily, Manga Studio provides just such an array of tricks and shortcuts.

The Pattern Brush toot

Sometimes I'll find myself looking for a pattern to place in a background of a panel. There's always the option to use one of the hundreds of tone patterns that Manga Studio provides. The problem is, sometimes I'd like it a bit more random and less pattern-y. Holding down the Pattern Brush button on the Tools palette brings up the list of Manga Studio's preinstalled patterns, as shown in Figure 10-13. There are a good number of patterns to choose from, and my description of them won't do any justice.

Creating yow oWn Word balloon template

Manga Dialogue Balloon

Manga Studio EX users have eighteen default word balloons to choose from. It's impressive, until you discover that many of them are variations on a theme Three are considered standard balloons, three are yelling balloons, and so on. There's a chance that you could go through all the word balloon templates provided and find that none of them match what you're looking for So, create your own Much like creating your own patterns and screentones, Manga Studio gives you the option to create your own word balloons. These balloons can be either vector or raster based, each with their own advantages and disadvantages

System Preferences Tips

Manga Leg Anatomy

Here's some good news for those that like to tweak program settings You aren't married to the default system preferences of Manga Studio. You can adjust parts of the program to best suit your needs. These can range from It would take way too many pages to cover every single option in the Preferences dialog box, so instead 1 go over some of what I think are the important performance and comfort tweaks you can set to help make your experience with Manga Studio just that much more enjoyable. By default, Manga Studio has the page display set at a standard quality. However, if you have a strong enough system (and really, you'd need a pretty weak system for this not to work well), you can increase the display quality a bit so that lines don't look quite as jagged as you rotate a page.

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 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.) 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...

Filters as Rulers Using the Parallel Focus and Perspective Line Rulers

Line Perspective Drawing

Manga Studio EX actually provides an alternative version to all three of those filters the parallel, focus, and perspective line rulers. Each of these perform the same basic function as their respective filters. The big difference is that instead of the computer rendering the lines . you do Even better, you don't have to do anything more than simply draw on the page. The rulers take care of the rest. The idea behind the parallel lines ruler is pretty straight forward You use it to draw parallel lines. (1 know, it's a big shock.) What's really cool about this function is that you don't need to do anything special after you set the drawing angle for the ruler you just draw freehand The ruler takes the lines you draw and automatically straightens them and snaps them to the ruler's angle. It's definitely one of the fastest and simplest means to draw up some speed lines on a page (for example) without having to break out a ruler (or in Manga Studio's case, the Ruler tool). The perspective...

Scanning in our Line

Some artists like to get their hands dirty with a good dip pen, India ink, and correction fluid and would rather just scan inked line art into Manga Studio for touch-ups and screentoning. 1 cover the scanning process in more detail in Chapter 5, but here's a quick run-through (and a few suggestions) for scanning your inked art preparing your new ink layer 1, If you haven't already set up your scanner in Manga Studio, choose File1 Import1 Select TWAIN Device and select your scanner in the Select Source dialog box.

Getting to Knout iour Lager Tgpes

Manga Studio provides a selection of layer types to use in your work. You're going to see them a lot over the next few chapters, so now is a good time to get to know them, ** Vector Layer An option available to Manga Studio EX users, this layer is used primarily for inking. Unlike a raster layer, a vector layer can be printed at any size without any loss of image quality. Only the Pen and Marker and (for EX users) Gradation tools can be used on this layer. 1 explain the pros and cons of using vector versus raster layers in Bonus Chapter 1 on the CD.

Exporting Hour Work to an External File

Whether it's to send to friends or family, to post on the World Wide Web, or to colorize in Photoshop, sometimes you need to save your work in a file format that isn't Manga Studio-exclusive. Fortunately, you have that option. 3. If you're a Manga Studio EX user working off of a two-page spread, select which page (or both) you want printed. * Use Layer Set If you have nested Image Layer folders (that is, folders that are stored within other folders), you can maintain that file structure in an exported Photoshop file. You can have as many Layer folders as you want, but Manga Studio lets you export nested folders up to only five layers deep. (Any folders nested deeper are merged into the fifth layer.)

The Three Mrjor Elements Of Mrngr

Scary Dog Manga Characters

LUhat does the theme mean The three major elements in drawing manga are It is a love manga with a touch of comedy At this stage, you introduce the reader to the manga world, set up the situation and location, begin the story there. a manga, but it will be in vain unless the story is The most important elements of manga are the characters. Both the theme and the past story are carried by the character. In manga, it is important to think about the personalities of characters. Even with theme alone, a story will follow. This is the secret fundamental to manga.

Basic Drawing Techniques

How Draw Manga With Night Scene

When you find skillfully managed backgrounds in manga magaanes and the is a good idea to collect them in a saapbook for your own reference when you draw. If drawing manga was exempt any kind of timl factor, then drawing extremely detailed pic would be good howev the reality is that, a cen level of quality must te achieved in a short peib of time. So what do ya need in order to drawi Of course, getting usee drawing fast is impong-' The black is done at 100 darkness in opposition to the numbers 61 and 62 amitoons (net tones) containing a respective darkness of 10 and 20 . By skillfully using the black, sometimes the drawing can be 'sped up' or a sense of power or weightiness can be achieved. This is a strong ally in creating manga.

Optimal Settings or lour Uork

It can be tricky to get your work to look the way you want it to in a Web-compatible format. When I started using Manga Studio and tried to export Manga Studio does a pretty good job optimizing the exported file. Still, you should be mindful of the file size and be prepared to reduce the physical size of the page (while still maintaining quality and legibility, of course) to reduce the number a bit. Web browsers these days can read only a handful of image types. You can export your work to two of those types BMP and JPG (and PNG if you own Manga Studio EX). jfrWiG Taking your reader out of the experience is, I think, the kiss of death for any repeat patronage. While it's extremely important to have a gripping story, you need to keep in mind that comics and manga are a visual medium. So, you need to make sure that the pages you print or have printed for you are as professional-looking as possible. The good news is that Manga Studio tries to make creating the best-quality prints and...

Three Point Perspective Buildings

How Draw Person Holding Camera

In storytelling, it is essential to explain the five Ws who, what, when, where and why. Novelists do this with words. Manga artists, however, can use background illustrations to tell much of the story One of the most important aspects of drawing manga is knowing how to convey a sense of time and place. If you are producing a manga based on historical fact, research the period beforehand so your drawing and dialogue will be accurate. Likewise, if your manga is set in an imaginary world and based on fantasy, it is still to important for the story to have a degree of realism to which the reader can relate. One of the most important aspects of drawing manga is knowing how to convey a sense of time and place. Looking and understanding are manga basics. If possible, avoid explaining the setting with text and convey your messages with visuals. As a general rule, try to use one frame on each page to express the setting. manga page A drawing whose lines converge in two vanishing points is...

Time to Import Some

Maybe you're like me, and you're raring to use your mouse or drawing tablet and start sketching away with the different tools Manga Studio offers. However, you may prefer to get your hands dirty with graphite and or ink, and you'd simply like to know how to import your scanned work into Manga Studio. The following sections show you how to import your work from a scanner or from an electronic art file. If you're new to the world of scanning, it can be a bit tricky to import your image into Manga Studio properly. Here are a few tips to help make sure you get the best-quality scan possible. Doing so will certainly help you when it comes time to ink and or screentone your page. f* Use the Brightness and Contrast to adjust the image optimally. You have the option of using your scanner's settings, or using Manga Studio's Brightness and Contrast filters. Try each of these out to see which will produce the best result. Heck, you may find that using both will help )

The Idea Behind Panel Layers

You can think of a panel layer in Manga Studio as a page within a page. Each panel layer acts as its own page file, with the ability for multiple image layers, just like the main page. Rulers, guides, and other tools that you would use on the main page can all be used within a panel layer.

Understanding the Essentials of Comic Creation

Drawing Fight Scenes Comics

While the following subsections can apply to Manga Studio, they cover the art of manga and comic creation in a more general (and abbreviated) sense. I guess you could call this section Sequential Art 101. Over the course of the book, I throw around a lot of comic terminology. Some terms you may be familiar with, others may be new. I even try to throw in a few terms that I think you should be familiar with in general, as you're going to encounter them as you go along on your artistic career. (And you'll definitely encounter them as you work in Manga Studio.) Manga and Manga and f Screentones Tiny dots that are used in black-and-white artwork to depict shades of gray. (See Figure 2-7.) Screentones are featured quite heavily in manga and some independent comics. Figure 2-7 Screentones are heavily featured in manga. Figure 2-7 Screentones are heavily featured in manga. ** Panels aren't just images in boxes. When I draw (what passes for) comics or manga, 1 tend to not think that I'm...

Importing an image He

Follow these steps to import an existing art file into Manga Studio With Manga Studio Debut, you have the option of importing a JPEG (.JPG) or bitmap (. BMP) image. If you have Manga Studio EX, you can also import PNG (. PNG) and Targa (. TGA) files. If your artwork is not in one of those formats. Manga Studio won't be able to find it

The Benefits of Using Lagers

1 like to think of the layers feature as an all-in-one solution while drawing digitally. Now, I know that people tend to throw the term all-in-one around quite a bit, sometimes incorrectly. In the case of Manga Studio, however, 1 feel it's apropos using the layers feature allows you to have all kinds of drawing space, tools, guides, and so forth all in one convenient place. Manga Studio takes the layers concept one step further than other drawing programs. In addition to pencil, ink, and screentone layers, the program provides layers for many of your drawing aids. You can have masking and selection areas (discussed in Chapter 9), rulers and guides (Chapter 8), individual panels (Chapter 7), perspective and other effect lines and rulers (Chapter 8), and a printing guide (Chapter 1), each on its own layer (See Figure 6-1.) Working with layers in Manga Studio gives you the best option. You can scan in (or digitally draw) your pencil roughs on one layer, change the pencil color to blue...

Terminology you should know

As you work with tones in Manga Studio, there are two terms you should become familiar with lines and density. By default, tones are set at a 45-degree angle. If you look closely, you'll see that the dots form a series of diagonal lines. The term lines refers to the number of those diagonal lines you can fit along one inch. Fifty lines means there are 50 rows of dots that fit within one inch.

Acquiring Useful Tools

Appendix A to this book contains the absolute minimum requirements you need to run Manga Studio on your PC or Mac. It may run a bit sluggishly, but it'll run. So here's what 1 suggest you do to make your Manga Studio experience that much better *** Buy a new computer (Just kidding.) The truth is, you don't need the latest and greatest machine on the market in order to use Manga Studio. Buy more RAM. This is the one piece of equipment that I consider to be the most vital upgrade for your machine. You can have the fastest processor possible in your machine, but it doesn't mean much if you don't have enough RAM. And because you're working primarily in two dimensions (unless you have Manga Studio EX and are planning on using the 3DLT import function see Bonus Chapter 2 on the CD), you really don't need an expensive graphics card. The most important tool to have when working with Manga Studio is your computer. The second most important tool is what you use to create the artwork in the...

The Pencil and Eraser loots lour NevU Best Friends

As a person who likes to consider himself a penciler above all else, I find the Pencil and Eraser tools to be the items I absolutely, positively need to have. They give me the freedom 1 want to just go crazy with my roughs like I would with a traditional pencil and paper. The kicker is, with Manga Studio's Pencil and Eraser tools, 1 don't waste paper as I struggle to figure out exactly what 1 want to draw. (Believe me, that happens more often than not ) However, these tools aren't just for those who have decided to make the total digital leap. If you're still well-grounded in the traditional tools of the trade and primarily use Manga Studio for inking and or screen toning, you'll still find the Pencil and Eraser tools useful. It's a snap to clean up your scan, remove or tighten up a few lines here and there, or strengthen the outline around your characters to help them stick out just a bit more. If you're drawing digitally or just cleaning up your scanned-in artwork, I'm sure the more...

Adding Depth to Jour Tones

To paraphrase an old adage, sometimes it's best to keep things simple. In the case of tones, sometimes it just works, stylistically, to add a simple layer to an object and leave it at that. The Trigun manga, for example, doesn't go too crazy with tones usually, a simple screen or gradient tone is all that you need for a character or background.

Creating your ovOn tone

There's always the possibility that none of the tone patterns that Manga Studio has are what you want. You may be looking for something a bit more unique something that you can call your own. So, make your own pattern It's easy to do in Manga Studio any drawing or picture will work. Simply choose the pattern you wish to create and add it to the program as your own custom tone. Then, you can use and reuse it as often as you like

Customizing your pens and markers

You may find that the pens and markers Manga Studio provides aren't quite to your liking. Maybe the pressure sensitivity is too hard or too soft. Or perhaps you'd like the lines to taper more than they currently do. If you've ever tried to ink digitally, you either need to zoom out far enough to see the entire panel you're working on (which results in jittery lines) or zoom in close enough to focus on detail work (but lose focus of the picture as a whole). I don't know how many times I've had to go back and rework a section of a drawing because I was so focused on one piece that when I zoomed out, I discovered that the line work no longer matched the rest of the panel The folks at Manga Studio must have taken this into account, because they incorporated a means to use two zoom levels at the same time 4. To adjust the amount that Manga Studio corrects a jittery line, select the Correction check box, and enter a value between 0 and 20 in its numeric field.

Advanced Tips and Tricks

Manga Studio Tip

Tm going to assume that most oi you - but not all oi you - understand, that this session on 'masking* has to do viith Manga Studio. f you've already looked through the first three parts of this book, you have a pretty good grasp of what you can do with Manga Studio. Or do you This part is all about the more advanced tips, tricks, and functions in Manga Studio, with a heavy emphasis on the EX version of the program. Chapter 14 covers advanced features of both Manga Studio Debut and EX, while Chapter 15 focuses on the many exclusive EX tools that help make things just that much easier for you. This part shows you what you can really do with Manga Studio

Working with Selections and Selection Layers

Using Quick Select and Quick Mask functions In Manga Studio EX So, I'm sure I'll surprise no one reading this that Manga Studio includes many of the basic selection tools that other drawing programs have. (It's always good to go with what works, right ) However, Manga Studio includes an additional option that not many other art programs offer (if at all) the ability to save or create your selection on a specialized selection layer, which you can then use and reuse as many times as you want In this chapter, I disciiss how to first work with the basic selection tools and functions that Manga Studio provides, as well as go over examples of how to work with them on the page. Then I explain how selection layers work and how you can use them to create new selections or convert existing ones (and then convert them back to selection areas on your page).

Adjusting panel rulers uith the Object Selector tool

You have several means to adjust panel rulers in Manga Studio, and a good amount of them involve the Object Selector tool, located on the Tools palette. Just like if you were using it for regular rulers and guides in the program (see Chapter 8), the Object Selector allows you to select and manipulate the panel If you're looking to take advantage of Manga Studio's automatic functions, which I describe in the following sections, you usually need to first select a whole panel or group panels. You can select an entire panel in two ways

The Basics or Getting ReAcquainted With the Selection Toots

If you're familiar with Photoshop or Painter, you'll find that Manga Studio provides all the same selection tools that those other programs offer. That said, you should still read on, as you'll find that there are additional settings and general tweaks you can do to these tools that you can't do in either of those programs. (I've looked, trust me ) Manga Studio provides three basic tools that you can use to create selections on the page the Marquee tool, the Lasso tool, and the Magic Wand tool. 1 discuss how to use each tool in the following sections.

Limiting the Number of Characters

Manga Dialogue Outline

Manga terminology a person that enters the story is called a character. Essentially, it means the various idiosyncrasies that humans possess. The same goes for manga characters. After the reader sees a few scenes, they understand the character and have feelings for him. Allotting pages from the Script to the Manga

Converting a selection to a panel layer

Square Meter House Floor Plan

The easiest way to create a panel layer is to simply use your selection tool (Lasso or Polyline), create a selection on the page (I explain how to create selections in Chapter 9), and convert it into a panel layer. You can create any size or shape selection, and Manga Studio converts the rectangular size around the selection into a new panel layer. Manga Studio converts the selection into a panel layer. If the selection is a nonrectangular shape, Manga Studio boxes the selection into a rectangle and creates the panel layer from that rectangular area, as shown in Figure 7-2.

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

Dont Overburden lour System

Manga Studio is a pretty robust program that doesn't take up too much of your system resources. However, depending on the machine you're using, that doesn't mean you should overburden the system while working. If you happen to have large amounts of system RAM, it's probably not much of a hassle or problem to run six or seven different programs at once on your computer. If you have a basic 512MR of RAM, though, running that many programs at once is just going to run your poor computer into the ground. Okay maybe not, but it's certainly going to affect your system's performance, especially when you're working in Manga Studio. If you can afford it, look into purchasing additional RAM for your system. You should run with a minimum of 1GB of RAM while working in Manga Studio anyway. If you can't afford any kind of hardware purchasing at this point, try to limit the programs running on your system while working on Manga Studio.

What Happened The Image Looks Alt Wonky

So you imported your image into Manga Studio, but things don't seem right when you view it on the page The image size is completely wrong And why is the color all gone (That is, if your drawing was in color.) Or worse, why can't you see (or only barely see) the pencil work you just scanned in Check out Figure 5-2 which is what I think would be a worst-case scenario.

The SaVe Button A Vital Tool

Saving frequently is the most important thing you can do in Manga Studio, Your computer or program can crash unexpectedly, taking your art along with it. It can be very frustrating to work on an intricate piece of art, forget to save, and then watch it vanish because of a system crash or power outage. So save frequently You'll thank yourself in the long run.

Exporting to an Image File

If you're looking to save a copy of your work to use in another program, or if you want to create a file to send to a professional printer, Manga Studio has that covered. The Export function lets you create a file in many common formats at any size you'd like. Here, you get the option to choose what parts of the page are exported (such as inks, tones, or text), and which are ignored (such as roughs or the print guide). I explain these options in-depth in Chapter 5.

Purchase the Right Digital Toots for the

The good news with this program is that it doesn't require the absolute top-of-the-model system any computer from the last couple of years will work just fine with Manga Studio, with no significant (or very little) drop in performance. So, if you don't have the budget for the latest computer, check out some online auction sites and see what used and or refurbished machines are available.

HocV This Book Is Organized

1 broke the book down into six parts, each one covering an essential aspect of knowing and understanding Manga Studio. Part 1 Welcome to Manga Studio After you know the basics of drawing and refining your page, that's all fine and good, but that can't be all that Manga Studio can do, can it Nope You've only scratched the surface of what this program can do to help you streamline your work and potentially speed things along in the process. The chapters in this part of the book cover tips and tricks for making your work easier and quicker, and using Manga Studio EX-only tools. All For Dummies books include top ten lists. My goal in this part is to include items, ideas, and tips that assist you not only with using Manga Studio, but also to help you as an artist and creator. The part of tens chapters provide you with ten (plus some) great books and online resources, and they discuss ten tips and tricks to make working in Manga Studio quicker, easier, and more fun. The CI ) also includes...

Rulers on an image layer

If you're looking to limit the rulers to a particular image layer, thereby keeping them limited to the layer you're working with, you can do that in Manga Studio. You can place them on a localized ruler layer, or you can use them directly on the image layer itself. Both do exactly the same thing it's really a matter of taste regarding which method you like to use.

Debut Versus EX Which Is Right for tou

Manga Studio comes in two flavors Debut and EX. Choosing the right version for you comes down to what features you're looking for in a drawing program, what ones you can do without, and (most importantly) how much money you're willing to spend v* Manga Studio Debut is the introductory-level version of the program. There are no bells and whistles to this version of the program it contains all the basic tools you need to create your manga from start to finish. Debut works as a fairly accurate simulation of all the traditional tools you would use for producing a comic, all in one convenient package. V Manga Studio EX helps you take advantage of the fact that you are working on a computer. This version provides shortcuts and functions that you simply can't do with traditional tools or even Manga Studio Debut. The EX version also allows you to work with vectors, which let you expand co f you haven't purchased either version yet, be sure to pop the CD-ROM that accompanies this book into...

Using Simple Lager Functions

1 really like to use the Undo button when I'm working on a drawing. The only problem is that Manga Studio allows a limited number of undos. So every now and then, I make a copy of the layer I'm working on as my safety net. Then, if I don't like where the drawing is going, I can scrap that layer and work from the backup layer. Another reason to create a copy (or multiple copies) of a layer is to make duplicates of a character or object that doesn't change much from panel to panel. Or you can use a copy of a layer to thicken up your ink work. As you work with Manga Studio, you might even come up with ways of using copies of layers that no one else has thought of.

Treat our Camas Like lou Would in the Real World and Then Some

Over the years, I've used many programs while searching for that Holy Grail of drawing the ability to manipulate the canvas as though it were a physical piece of paper on a drawing table. Fortunately, Manga Studio does just that. In fact, it was its ease of moving, rotating, and zooming the canvas that convinced me to initially purchase this program (among other features, but I get to those soon enough).

The Panel Ruler Layer

If you're looking for a quick-and-easy means to create panel borders (or even panel layers) in Manga Studio, the panel ruler layer may be just the thing for you. As the name implies, the panel ruler layer creates rulers that you then divide, combine, and adjust to fit what you've roughed out. You can then convert these rulers however you'd like from a new ink layer with fresh clean borders to a series of panel layers all ready for you to open and work on individually.

Words Speak Louder than Actions Adding Text to a Page

Adding text to a panel Explaining the Text tool properties Editing text you've added Finding fonts that you can use on your page Avoiding common text formatting pitfalls Creating word balloons in Manga Studio Debut Creating word balloons in Manga Studio EX Creating custom word balloon templates in Manga Studio EX For the most part, Manga Studio can help you do that. Depending on whether you bought the Debut or EX version, there may be a few more steps involved, but the end result will be the same. This chapter covers all you need to know to create text and word balloons in both Manga Studio Debut and EX versions. 1 first discuss the various kinds of narrative balloons you may want to use, depending on the situation. Then, 1 go over how to add and edit text, using the Text tool. After that, I explain how to create a simple word balloon in Debut and (more easily) In EX. Finally, I'll talk about something that the EX users out there may enjoy the ability to create custom word balloon...

Where to Go from Here

If you're raring to go create your first comic, jump ahead to Chapter 3 for a quick run-through of creating a page from start to finish. If you've got stacks of drawings on paper and you want to scan them into Manga Studio, turn to Chapter 5. If you're looking for inspiration or further resources on drawing, flip to Chapter 16.

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.

General Tips Tricks and Shortcuts

f you're reading this chapter, odds are you've either worked through all the basics covered earlier this book and you're looking to see what else you can do with Manga Studio. If that's the case, you're gong to be pleased, as I really only scratched the surface of what you can do with the program in Chapters 1-13. For users of both Manga Studio Debut and EX, this is a good chapter to start learning some of the more advanced functions and tricks of the program, as it covers everything that both programs can do. Granted, EX users have even more functions to learn than Debut, and 1 cover those in the next chapter. But, everyone has to start somewhere.

Organizing Related Lagers

At the beginning of this chapter, I talk about how layers are a great way to organize your work within Manga Studio. But, what happens if you're working with so many layers that things become well, cluttered If you happen to be using multiple layers for your roughs, inks, tones, rulers, and so on, it can get very confusing to remember which layers are for what (naming your layers can only go so far) or frustrating having to move each related layer around individually (or hide them one at a time just to see how other layers look). Manga Studio provides three ways to help reduce layer clutter and confusion. You can organize layers by placing them in layer folders, by grouping layers, and by merging multiple layers into a single layer. These methods help you to not only keep the layers in their respective places, but also to move them around (or hide show them) as a group. Small things like this can help save you lots of time in the long term.

Knowing Why to Use Tones

Technically, you don't have to use tones if you don't want to. Many independent comics and manga artists rely solely on their inking skills to convey exactly what they want on the page. f* Character emotion In many instances of manga, you can use the background of a panel to set up more than just location. Often you'll see patterns or other types of tones used to help convey a wide range of emotions within a character or group. Figure 11-3 has an example of background tones used to emphasize emotion,

Tone It Up

Discovering what tones are and how they work Finding your tones in Manga Studio J rtists utilize many ways to add texture, detail, and color to a black and while drawing. Some like to use heavier lines in darker areas and thinner lines closer to light. Others may use a more uniform line but then render their texture with extensive and sometimes extremely detailed pen work. Then there are the ones that like to use tones. What are tones, you ask Dots. Lots and lots of tiny dots. Many artists who work in black and white, especially manga artists, swear by tones. The nice thing about Manga Studio is that it takes care of many of these problems at once. The tone sheets that come with the program are digital, which means you now have an infinite supply, saving you a lot of money in the long run. Cutting, pasting, and adding tore effects is easier and a lot less messy. Plus (and this is something I'll argue is most important), if you screw up, just delete the area (or whole layer) and start...


Manga Drawings

Welcome to the beginning of the book. The style of drawing featured here is based on popular Japanese styles of manga and its animated form, anime. Perhaps that is why you picked up this book. These days this art is everywhere on television, in theaters and in many video games. But remember that manga and anime are not so much styles as they are a genre, and my style is offered as merely one among many within the genre.


Anime Character Biting Their Lip

If you really want to emphasize shock or surprise, take the expression to its extreme. This is often called a face fault, and is accompanied by exaggerated features like bulging eyes and a dropped jaw. In manga, a face fault usually results in the character falling on his face.

The Magic Wand toot

Draw Straight Line Without Ruler

The Magic Wand is probably the easiest of all the selection tools to use in Manga Studio. You have only two steps to perform You aren't limited to selecting only the transparent area of the page, either. One of the reasons that all the line work in Manga Studio is aliased (jagged lines instead of smooth lines when you zoom in close) is that it makes selecting them with the Magic Wand significantly easier. So, you can choose to select an area within a piece of line work, or you can pick the line work itself if you want to. Keep in mind that when you want to use the Magic Wand to select an area, you need to make sure that area is fully enclosed. While Manga Studio EX users have the option to set a gap size tolerance (more on that in the following step list), it's still good practice to make sure that the area you want is fully enclosed by a drawing line. Otherwise, you may end up selecting more than you originally planned.

Printing lour Work

In Manga Studio, you can print pages either individually or as a story. For the following steps, I focus on how to print a single page (although I point out options that you use when printing a story) The first dialog box you'll see the first time you print in Manga Studio, is the Printer Setup dialog box you usually see whenever you want to print on your computer). I discuss what 1 feel are the best settings for print in the Optimal Settings for your Work section, later in this chapter, so for now you can click the OK button to exit. (You can always change the printer settings later on by selecting FileCPrint.) If you're a Manga Studio EX user working off of a two-page spread, select which page (or both) you want printed in the Print Page section. 8. If you use Manga Studio EX, select any other special settings you'd like for your page in the Special Settings section If you're using Manga Studio EX, you can optionally click the Print button, which starts the printing process.

Creating speed lines


Probably one of the most identifiable effects in Manga is the use of speed lines to express motion on a static page. Take a look at Figure 14-15 and tell me which of the two images feels more kinetic and dynamic. The Speed Lines filter in Manga Studio helps you to create as many or as few lines as you need for a panel or page. You can create them as simple and uniform or wild and random, all with a few changes to the filter's options. To keep things from looking too uniform, Manga Studio provides the option to randomize the values of the next group of options (Steps 7-11 on this list). If you want to change things up a bit, select the Random check box for the corresponding value and enter a value between 0.0 and 4.0 in its text box.

Lines From Center

Radiating Lines Manga

Illustrations colored in India ink look perfectly black on the page, and are therefore very pleasing to the eye. However, pages done in permanent black felt-tip markers look exactly the same as those colored with India ink once the pages are printed. In fact, permanent felt-tip markers have become the standard in manga, probably because of the hardness of the pens. Use fine-tip pens for the thin lines and thicker pens for the heavier lines. Still, it's a good idea to try to use India ink as well. Of course, it doesn't hurt to become proficient in the use of both India ink and felt-tip markers. I peeked at a friend's manga illustrations and noticed a bunch of Xs here and there on such things as the character's faces and clothing. What are those marks What are grades and what is a grade chart Are manga given grades like those I received in school Don't worry Your manga won't be given grades such as those you received in school Grades are the font size of the...

The Pen tool

Kabura Pen

Probably the most versatile tool for your inking, the pen can provide a wide variety of line strengths to help bring your work to life. Manga Studio provides a preset number of common pens to use. Holding the pen icon down for a couple of seconds brings up a list of all the pens that come preinstalled with Manga Studio, as shown in Figure 10-2. There may be some pens that feel right and others that aren't for you. I provide samples of each pen stroke in Figure 10-3. Try each and see how they feel. The nice thing is you can always erase them later. If you're using Manga Studio EX, you may notice that I'm skipping over some tools, like the Vector pen. I devote Chapter 15 to all the exclusive items that Manga Studio EX has to offer, including an entire section devoted to vectors. Stay tuned

Adding focus tines

Manga Studo Focus Line Anti Aliasing

Focus lines are a staple of manga that help to create the trademark look of the genre. It's a simple effect that you can use in a variety of ways, including expressing motion towards the reader, focusing attention towards an item or person, or (when created with reverse colors) creating effects, such as star-hursts. Check out Figure 14-12 for some examples of focus lines in action.


If you bought Manga Studio EX in a box, you've more than likely installed the first disc of Manga Studio EX (otherwise, it'd be pretty difficult to use the program), as well as the second disc (samples). However, that third disc may have you puzzled. What exactly are Computones Computones are sets of screen and pattern tones that were created by the company Graphic-Sha. Initially created for use in programs such as Photoshop and Paint Shop Pro, these sets can also be used by Manga Studio EX users. It's a great place to look if you don't want to use any of the main tone sets, as there are some types of tones you won't find in Manga Studio's base tones. If you haven't tried using the Computones function, you may find it to be a different experience than working with the base tones, and that isn't a bad thing. Personally I find that there's almost a more natural feel when working with Computones it's like you're working with real sheets of tones, even more so than with the Manga Studio...

System Requirements

Is A PC running Microsoft Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows NT4 (with SP4 or later), Windows Me, or Windows XP. (Manga Studio has some issues with Windows Vista at the time of writing.) tS A minimum of 256MB of RAM (512MB for the Mac). Realistically, you need 1GB (or more) of RAM to run Manga Studio smoothly.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Welcome to Manga Parti Welcome to Manga Chapter 1 Getting to Know Manga Studio 9 How Manga Studio Differs from Other Drawing Programs 9 Finding out what Manga Studio can do for you 10 Knowing what Manga Studio can't do Chapter 2 Help for the Beginning (Manga Studio) Artist 27 Chapter 3 Creating Your First Manga Page A Quick-Start Guide .41 Examining How Tones Work in Manga The Tones palette in Manga Studio The Tones palette in Manga Studio and Manga Studio Creating Word Balloons in Manga Studio Creating Word Balloons in Manga Studio Chapter 15 Manga Studio EX Only 295 of the Manga Studio EX Drawing Closely Read Other Manga and Chapter 17 Ten Ways to Improve Your Manga Take Advantage of Manga Studio Manga Studio EX 3.0 from

Beauty with Bouquet

Woman Body Line Art Design

Curled hair is a hallmark of girls comics (shojo manga). Here, a dozen or so lines twist together to form each tress, and you can see how the delicately curving lines and the varying widths of white space between them combine to give the curls a remarkable feeling of volume. Your Most Cherished Dreams are the Soul of Manga The finished drawing seems too real to be a dream, yet too imaginary to be real, and perhaps in that we can see the very essence of manga.

Draw with IMPACT

Basic Drawing Instruction Picture

This is the perfect starting point for beginning artists to learn how to capture the style and dynamics of Manga art. Over fifty basic lessons, using step-by-step instructions, on how to draw characters and scenes are included, as well as tips for improving your work. Also sidebars on Japanese terms, traditions and character types help you keep your work authentic This is the one book you must have on the hottest art form in comics today ISBN-13 978-1-58180-534-5, ISBN-10 1-58180-534-9, Paperback, 128 pages, 32888 Over 50 quick lessons with step by step instructions for drawing people, creatures, places and backgrounds. Lea Hernandez is one of manga's most popular artists and this book is filled with hundreds of her illustrations that will inspire you to draw your own comics. Perfect for beginning and advanced artists. You'll love drawing the outrageous monsters lurking in Manga Monster Madness. There's no need to fear putting your pencil to paper with 50 easy-to-follow lessons for...

Inking in the Lines

Whether you've scanned in your line art and you're just planning to touch up your art or you're inking totally within the program, Manga Studio has you covered. The program provides most of the common tools for inking a comic. And if they aren't quite to your liking, it's very simple to adjust them however you like.

Rich Tennant Cartoons

Welcome to Manga Studio 50, you either bought a copy of Manga Studio and picked this book up because you aren't exactly sure where to go from here, or maybe you saw this on the bookshelf and would like to know exactly what Manga Studio is. This first part of the book gives you some understanding as to what this program is and what it can do to help you create comics on your computer. Chapter 1 goes over the basics of Manga Studio, including what you can (and can't) do in the program, as well as a breakdown of the new workspace you'll create your art in. Chapter 2 offers a bit of help to the beginning artist, with some suggestions on what you should buy to make your experience with the program a pleasurable one. I also discuss several comic terms that you'll run into as you continue down this potential career path, as well as offer a few suggestions when you start to feel a bit frustrated at the whole creating comics thing. (It'll happen trust me.)

OnDemand Publishing

You see the finished project in front of you in Manga Studio, and you're ready to print it out and distribute it to the masses, either through the mail or possibly at a comic or anime convention. So the next question on your lips is probably, How do I do that The simplest and least expensive option is to create an ashcan comic. All you need to have is a printer, a large stack of paper, a paper cutter, and a stapler. As you can probably surmise, the idea here is to simply print out the pages, trim off the excess, fold them in half, and staple them together. It's a perfect low-cost means of creating a comic for distribution, although it doesn't have the professional look of some contemporary comics and manga. If you're looking for something more professional-looking, you can always contact a local printer and have them print the comics out for you. All you need to do is provide the pages in a high-quality format and the printing company can make the book in any form...

Inking lour Comics

Using Manga Studio to ink your work digitally is great. You don't need to worry about running out of ink, or ruining a pen tip because you forgot to properly clean it, or cursing the high heavens when your cat knocks the ink well all over the page you just finished. (Now you just need to pray the cat doesn't accidentally pull the plug on your computer before you get a chance to save you work.) That's why I suggest checking out Gary Martin's The Art of Comic-Book Inking. While the book is primarily focused on Western-styled inking, there are plenty of basic facts of inking that can work just as easily on your manga work. And while traditional inking tools are used, the tips and suggestions translate quite easily to inking in Manga Studio. Remember, by default the program comes with settings for a variety of real-world pens.

A Start To M

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Online Fomms

Ten Ways to Improve Your Manga Studio Experience Saving time by taking advantage of Manga Studio tools Avoiding overburdening your system Saving your work repeatedly 7he title of this chapter is probably a bit misleading, as only three of the tips actually involve Manga Studio itself. The rest of the chapter cover things you might not think of while working on the computer, ideas and suggestions that will help you feel comfortable both mentally and physically. When you feel comfortable, nine times out of ten you'll feel more creative. And when you feel creative, lots of art gets drawn. So, here are a few ideas that I think will help your Manga Studio (and digital art in general) experience go a bit more smoothly.

Rotation Gallery

Anime Muscle Bear Sumo

We have explored many techniques used by manga and anime artists to create great drawings. I hope my instruction has been of some help to you however, there is only so much one can learn from any book. In the art of drawing manga, the best teacher will be your own eye. Keep looking at real life, for inspiration, and try to recognize how it translates into your own style. Manga, 5 Manga morgue, 67


All Manga Sketches

Chapter 4 - How to Create a Short Story Creating a Short Story Allotting Pages from the Script to the Methods to Becoming a Manga Everyone knows that the best way to improve your drawing ability is to copy your favorite manga however, without intentionally studying and understanding the ins-and-outs of manga and just frantically drawing pages on end as your method of study, you will make slow progress. This book is a technique book like no other, systematically designed to power-up your manga at an incredible speed by thoroughly introducing the secrets, winning tricks of the trade and essentials of drawing manga. Just because you have studied the fundamentals in How to Draw MANGA Volumes 1 and 2 , it does not mean you have reached the end of the road in the 'way of manga'. This book teaches how to apply and practice these fundamentals when creating your own manga. Regardless of your sex or age, from beginners who've just said to themselves, Maybe I should try drawing manga, to those...

Adding Screentones

Manga Screen Tone

As a staple of many of your favorite manga, screentones help give your page that extra pop, for lack of a better term. Tones help to add color (rather, grays) to your black-and-white drawing. These can help add depth to your work and give you the ability to add effects you may not be able to do with inks alone. Pictures are only one half of the equation when it comes to comics and manga. Whether it's for character dialogue or narration, the text of the story can be just as important as the images on the page. (See Figure 3-16.) Most comics and manga like to have their text center-aligned. You can do the same here.

Inking lour Work

When done right, inking can bring out things on a page that the penciler never even thought of doing. Done poorly, inking can instantly ruin even the best pencil work. Fortunately, you can practice your inking as much as you want in Manga Studio, and you don't have to touch the roughs That's because the inks are placed on a different layer than the roughs. (See the preceding section for the steps to create new layers.) If you re the type that prefers to work with markers or Rapidograph-style pens, Manga Studio has that covered as well. If you click the Marker tool button on the Tools palette, you can use its set of markers to ink with. Once again, if you would like to see the selection of markers available to you, hold down on the Marker tool button for a couple of seconds. A drop-down list appears with the list of all the markers at your disposal, as shown in Figure 3-8. Select the marker you want to use and ink away

Using Tones

Resources How to Draw Manga Computones, Volumes 1-5, by Knife Senno (Graphic-Sha) Obviously, a perk to purchasing any of these books is the bonus CD containing additional Computones that Manga Studio EX users can use. That isn't why I'm suggesting you check this series of books out, though. As of this writing, five volumes of How to Draw Manga Computones are out, each covering a basic theme. The books cover the basics of using tones to add flavor to your work, but then delve in deeper to cover how to tone for certain situations. These can include action scenes, interactions with others, emotional expressions, special effects, and so on. The art of toning is much harder than it first seems. It can be a daunting task trying to figure out exactly what to do, or even where to start. The How to Draw Manga Computones series really does help to give you a better idea on how to use tones more than just to add some color to a shirt and pants.

Fitting selections

There are two ways to fill in a selection in Manga Studio If you choose EdiK Fill Selection, the Fill Selection dialog box appears, as shown in Figure 9-15. If you're using Manga Studio Debut, you see only the option to choose the color you wish to fill the selection with (foreground color, background color, or transparent which I guess would be the equivalent to deleting the area). Click the color you want, click OK, and you're done. Manga Studio EX users have an additional option (see the bottom of Figure 9-15), where you can choose exactly what parts of the selection you want to fill in by selecting the respective radio button. The following list describes the available options Manga Studio EX users have an additional function you can use to quickly fill in a selection with the active color you're using. To use this function, either select EditcEill Selection in Drawing Color from the main menu, or you can press C.trl+U on your keyboard (86+U on the Mac). The Fill Selection dialog...

About This Book

To say that Manga Studio is feature rich is a bit of an understatement. If you've used Photoshop before, much of how Manga Studio works will seem somewhat familiar, if not exactly the same. But if the realm of digital art is a brand-new concept to you, you might become overwhelmed at first. Rightly so Manga Studio is a very dense and robust program. Heck, while going over the program for the purposes of this book, I discovered that I had previously used only about 30 to 40 percent of its full potential. j** To help you create your first page in Manga Studio, from beginning to end. M* To explain the differences between Manga Studio Debut and Manga Studio EX and help figure out which version is for you. (If you haven't already bought it, of course.) V To go over both the basic and advanced methods that Manga Studio provides. Above all, I want to show that while Manga Studio is a lot to take in when you first fire it up, after you get used to how the system works and what tools work best...

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