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Manga Studio 5 Beginner's Guide by Michael Rhodes

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Time for action – breaking down the page

When we're presented with a script, we need to figure out panel breakdowns, even if the writer has given us guidance. Although every page is different, there are some things that are constant. Be sure to work loose and don't get bogged down in details, there's time for that later. Here's the way to transfer a script into a rough layout:

  1. Read the script for the page. Mentally break down what happens on the page in simple declarative sentences. If need be, write this down or add it to the beginning of the page in the script.
  2. Each one of these sentences can be a panel. Ideally, we should have between four and eight sentences. If there are more, then either there's too much happening, or a number of panels are ...

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