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Manga Studio Ex 5 Cookbook by Elizabeth Staley

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Coloring sparkly magic effects

Magic effects are useful in a variety of comics, from fantasy to magical girls. Here's one way to make sparkly blasts of magic fly from your character's fingertips!

How to do it…

Follow these steps to make some magic:

  1. Start with a canvas or drawing to add your effect to. In the following screenshot, we are working on an A4-sized, 350 dpi color canvas. A hand has been drawn on it to provide a reference point for the magic effect.
    How to do it…
  2. Make a new raster layer above or below your line art, if applicable.
  3. Select the Airbrush(B) tool and then the Hard subtool. Rough out the general shape of the magic energy. As shown in this screenshot, ...

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