Love Manga? The newest features of Manga Studio help you bring your ideas to life! The tools available in the latest version of this powerful program make it easy to turn your computer into your drawing board, and Manga Studio For Dummies makes it easy to get started.
Discover how to use Manga Studio to begin creating comics in manga or Western styles, add color to your creations, and share them with your adoring public. It’s a breeze once you know your way around the program. Manga may have begun in Japan, but Manga Studio For Dummies is written in plain English, and shows you how to:
Build and use page templates
Rough in your comic with penciling techniques
Work 100% digital, or use a combination of digital and traditional tools if you prefer
Work with layers, rulers, and panels
Add speech bubbles and sound effects text
Ink your work and add tones
Prepare your creations for print or distribution on the Web
Written by a working digital artist, Manga Studio For Dummies covers both Manga Studio Debut and EX versions. As an added bonus, it even gives you a peek into the world of manga and comics in general. With the help of Manga Studio For Dummies, you just might find yourself among the comic artists whose work populates the Web and gathers thousands of fans!
Table of Contents
- About the Author
- Author's Acknowledgments
- Publisher's Acknowledgments
I. Welcome to Manga Studio!
1. Getting to Know Manga Studio
1.1. How Manga Studio Differs from Other Drawing Programs
1.1.1. Finding out what Manga Studio can do for you
- 126.96.36.199. Adding a personal touch to line work with custom rulers and guides
- 188.8.131.52. Eliminating shakiness in line work
- 184.108.40.206. Having thousands of screentones at your disposal
- 220.127.116.11. Working with multiple-page story files
- 18.104.22.168. Knowing your page dimensions with print guides (preinstalled and custom)
- 22.214.171.124. Creating custom word balloons (EX only)
- 1.1.2. Knowing what Manga Studio can't do (easily)
- 1.1.1. Finding out what Manga Studio can do for you
- 1.2. Debut versus EX: Which is Right for You?
1.3. Getting to Know Your New Workspace
- 1.3.1. Recognizing the Main toolbar
- 1.3.2. Adjusting your view with the Page toolbar
- 1.3.3. Accessing your core set of tools
- 1.3.4. Exploring various palettes
- 1.1. How Manga Studio Differs from Other Drawing Programs
2. Help for the Beginning (Manga Studio) Artist
- 2.1. Acquiring Useful Tools
2.2. Understanding the Essentials of Comic Creation
- 2.2.1. Basic terminology
- 2.2.2. Storytelling basics: It's harder than it looks
- 2.2.3. A few other odds and ends you might find useful
- 3. Creating Your First Manga Page: A Quick-Start Guide
- 1. Getting to Know Manga Studio
II. Roughing It
4. Your New Page Awaits
- 4.1. Creating a New Page
- 4.2. Creating a New Story
- 4.3. The Save Button: A Vital Tool
5. Importing and Penciling Your Rough Draft
- 5.1. Time to Import Some Art!
- 5.2. What Happened?! (The Image Looks All Wonky)
- 5.3. The Pencil and Eraser Tools: Your New Best Friends
- 5.4. Treat Your Canvas Like You Would in the Real World — and Then Some!
6. Layers, Layers, Layers!
- 6.1. The Benefits of Using Layers
- 6.2. Getting To Know Your Layer Types
- 6.3. Creating a New Layer
- 6.4. Adjusting a Layer's Settings
- 6.5. Using Simple Layer Functions
- 6.6. Organizing Related Layers
7. Panel Layers and Rulers
- 7.1. The Idea Behind Panel Layers
- 7.2. Creating a Panel Layer
- 7.3. Working with Your Panel Layer
- 7.4. Manipulating Your Panel Layers
- 7.5. The Panel Ruler Layer
- 7.6. Manipulating the Panel Rulers
- 7.7. Converting Panel Ruler Layers
8. You Can't Draw a Straight Line without a (Virtual) Ruler
- 8.1. What's the Big Deal about Rulers?
- 8.2. Keeping It Simple: Using the Line and Shape Tools
- 8.3. You Can't Use Rulers until You Make Rulers
- 8.4. Adjusting and Transforming Rulers
- 8.5. Time to Start Drawing with Your Rulers!
9. Working with Selections and Selection Layers
- 9.1. The Basics, or Getting (Re)Acquainted with the Selection Tools
- 9.2. You've Created a Selection — Now What?
- 9.3. A Bit about Selection Layers and Why You'll LOVE Them!
- 9.4. For EX Users: Quick Mask and Quick Select
- 4. Your New Page Awaits
III. Refining and Exporting Your Work
10. Inking Your Work
- 10.1. Why Ink at All?
- 10.2. Scanning in Your Line Art
- 10.3. Creating a New Layer for Inking
- 10.4. Inking in the Lines
- 10.5. Filling Large Areas with Ink
- 10.6. Using Airbrush and Pattern Effects with Your Line Art
11. Tone It Up!
- 11.1. Understanding How Tones Work
- 11.2. Knowing Why to Use Tones
- 11.3. Examining How Tones Work in Manga Studio
- 11.4. Time to Lay Down Some Dots!
- 11.5. Adding Depth to Your Tones
- 11.6. Computones
12. Words Speak Louder than Actions: Adding Text to a Page
- 12.1. Adding Text
- 12.2. Editing Text
- 12.3. Avoiding Formatting Pitfalls
- 12.4. Creating Word Balloons in Manga Studio Debut
- 12.5. Creating Word Balloons in Manga Studio EX
13. Printing and Exporting
- 13.1. Printing Your Work
- 13.2. Exporting Your Work to an External File
- 13.3. Additional Print and Export Settings
- 13.4. Optimal Settings for Your Work
- 10. Inking Your Work
IV. Advanced Tips and Tricks
14. General Tips, Tricks, and Shortcuts
- 14.1. System Preferences Tips
- 14.2. Drawing Tool Tips
- 14.3. Tone Tips
- 14.4. Layer Tips: Coloring Your Work
- 14.5. Using Filters
15. Manga Studio EX Only!
- 15.1. Understanding and Taking Advantage of the Manga Studio EX Palettes
- 15.2. The Gradation Tool
- 15.3. Spicing Up Your Work With Filters
- 15.4. Filters as Rulers: Using the Parallel, Focus, and Perspective Line Rulers
- 15.5. Putting Miscellaneous Functions to Use
- 14. General Tips, Tricks, and Shortcuts
V. The Part of Tens
- 16. Ten (Or So) Books and Web Sites to Check Out
17. Ten Ways to Improve Your Manga Studio Experience
- 17.1. Find the Right Place to Work
- 17.2. Purchase the Right (Digital) Tools for the Job
- 17.3. Create a Comfortable Workspace
- 17.4. Take a Break Now and Then
- 17.5. Don't Overburden Your System
- 17.6. Take Advantage of Manga Studio Tools
- 17.7. Save! Save! Save! And Save Again!
- 17.8. Avoid Perfectionism
- 17.9. If All Else Fails, Try a Different Medium
- 17.10. Have Fun!
- A. About the CD
1. Using Vectors in Manga Studio EX
- What's the Difference between Raster Images and Vector Images?
- Time to Start Making (and Removing) some Vector Art!
- Hate What You See? Don't Erase It — Adjust It!
- Converting a Vector Layer to a Raster Layer (and Vice Versa!)
2. 2DLT and 3DLT Importing
- Converting an Image into Line Art and Tones with 2DLT Importing
- Adding 3-D Objects to Your Page with the 3DLT Import Command
- Exploring Additional 3DLT Settings
- Adjusting 3DLT Objects with Textures
- Adding Motion Settings to a 3DLT Object
- Importing a Complex 3DLT Object: A Human Figure
- 3. Manga in America
- Title: Manga Studio® for Dummies®
- Release date: January 2008
- Publisher(s): For Dummies
- ISBN: 9780470129869