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Table Of Contents

Introduction
About This Book
Foolish Assumptions
Conventions Used in This Book
How This Book Is Organized
Part I: Welcome to Manga Studio!
Part II: Roughing It
Part III: Refining and Exporting Your Work
Part IV: Advanced Tips and Tricks
Part V: The Part of Tens
Icons Used in This Book
Where to Go from Here
Chapter 1
How Manga Studio Differs from Other Drawing Programs
Finding out what Manga Studio can do for you
Knowing what Manga Studio can’t do (easily)
Debut versus EX: Which Is Right for You?
Getting to Know Your New Workspace
Recognizing the Main toolbar
Adjusting your view with the Page toolbar
Accessing your core set of tools
Exploring various palettes
Acquiring Useful Tools
You can never have too much RAM!
Time to create some art — But with what?
Understanding the Essentials of Comic Creation
Basic terminology
Storytelling basics: It’s harder than it looks
A few other odds and ends you might find useful
Creating Your First Manga Page: A Quick-Start Guide
Opening a New Page
Roughing the Page Out
Adding a New Layer
Erasing Your Mistakes
Readying Your Panels
Adding Screentones
Adding Text
Saving Your Work
Reopening Your Work
Exporting to an Image File
Printing a Hard Copy
Creating a New Page
Setting up a custom page: As you like it
Selecting page templates a la carte
Creating your own page templates
Save As Template: On-the-fly template creation
Creating a New Story
Adding author and page information
The Save Button: A Vital Tool
Time to Import Some Art!
Using your scanner
Importing an image file
What Happened?! (The Image Looks All Wonky)
Adjusting the image layer settings
Adjusting the image size
Regarding color
The Pencil and Eraser Tools: Your New Best Friends
Laying down the line: The Pencil tool
Whoops: The Eraser tool
Pencils and erasers of all shapes and sizes
The Zoom tool
The Hand tool
The Rotate tool
The Benefits of Using Layers
Getting to Know Your Layer Types
Creating a New Layer
Adjusting a Layer’s Settings
The Properties palette
Changing the layer type
Merging layers
The Idea Behind Panel Layers
Creating a Panel Layer
Converting a selection to a panel layer
The Panel Maker tool
Working with Your Panel Layer
Opening a panel layer
Adding layers
Masking off areas
Closing a panel layer
Manipulating Your Panel Layers
Scaling
Moving
Deleting
The Panel Ruler Layer
Manipulating the Panel Rulers
Adjusting panel rulers with the Object Selector tool
Merging panels
Dividing panel rulers evenly
Expanding panels
Deleting points from a panel ruler
Adding points to a panel ruler
Converting Panel Ruler Layers
You Can’t Draw a Straight Line without a (Virtual) Ruler
What’s the Big Deal about Rulers?
Keeping It Simple: Using the Line and Shape Tools
The Line tool
The Shape tool
Drawing a line or shape
You Can’t Use Rulers until You Make Rulers
The ruler layer
Rulers on an image layer
Creating rulers with the Line and Shape tools
Deleting rulers
Adjusting and Transforming Rulers
The Object Selector
The Ruler Manipulator
Keyboard shortcuts
Adding points
Deleting points
Aligning rulers
Time to Start Drawing with Your Rulers!
The Basics, or Getting (Re)Acquainted with the Selection Tools
The Marquee tool
The Lasso tool
The Magic Wand tool
Additional functions
You’ve Created a Selection — Now What?
Filling selections
Pasting screentones into selections
Outlining selections (EX only)
Deleting selections
Transforming selections
A Bit about Selection Layers and Why You’ll LOVE Them!
Creating a selection layer
Creating and editing selections on a selection layer
Converting selection layers to image selections
For EX Users: Quick Mask and Quick Select
Quick Mask
Quick Select
Why Ink at All?
Scanning in Your Line Art
Creating a New Layer for Inking
Inking in the Lines
The Pen tool
The Magic Marker tool
Customizing your pens and markers
Filling Large Areas with Ink
The Fill tool
The Join Line tool
Using Airbrush and Pattern Effects with Your Line Art
The Airbrush tool
The Pattern Brush tool
Understanding How Tones Work
Knowing Why to Use Tones
Time to Lay Down Some Dots!
Adjusting your tones
Deleting tones
Adding Depth to Your Tones
Overlapping tones to add shadows
Adding highlights
Computones
Installing Computones
Applying Computones
Editing Text
Avoiding Formatting Pitfalls
Creating Word Balloons in Manga Studio Debut
Creating Word Balloons in Manga Studio EX
Creating your own word balloon template
Using your custom word balloons
Printing Your Work
Exporting Your Work to an External File
Additional Print and Export Settings
Color settings
Raster settings
Tone settings
Optimal Settings for Your Work
Tips for exporting for the Web
Tips for printing (locally or professionally)
System Preferences Tips
Increasing the display quality
Changing the Drawing tool’s cursor
Maximizing your undos
Changing your default layer settings
Drawing Tool Tips
Adjusting the brush settings
Tweaking the Pattern Brush tool’s advanced options
Brush control
Adding focus lines
Creating speed lines
Inserting vanishing points
The Gray palette
The Materials palette
Custom Tools palette
Actions palette
The Gradation Tool
Spicing Up Your Work with Filters
Rendering filters
Transformation filters
Adjustment filters
Effect filters
Special effect filters
The parallel lines ruler
The focus lines ruler
The perspective ruler
Putting Miscellaneous Functions to Use
Consecutive scanning
Filling and outlining selections
Creating pattern brush material
The Part of Tens
Drawing Manga
Drawing Characters
Inking Your Comics
Drawing Backgrounds
Using Tones
The Books of Scott McCloud
Closely Read Other Manga and Comics
On-Demand Publishing
The Joy of Webcomics
Online Forums
Find the Right Place to Work
Purchase the Right (Digital) Tools for the Job
Create a Comfortable Workspace
Take a Break Now and Then
Don’t Overburden Your System
Take Advantage of Manga Studio Tools
Save! Save! Save! And Save Again!
Avoid Perfectionism
If All Else Fails, Try a Different Medium
Index
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Manga Studio For Dummies

Manga Studio For Dummies

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Love Manga? The newest features of Manga Studio help you bring yourideas to life! The tools available in the latest version of thispowerful program make it easy to turn your computer into yourdrawing board, and Manga Studio For Dummies makes it easy toget started.

Discover how to use Manga Studio to begin creating comics inmanga or Western styles, add color to your creations, and sharethem with your adoring public. It’s a breeze once you knowyour way around the program. Manga may have begun in Japan, butManga Studio For Dummies is written in plain English, andshows you how to:

Build and use page templates Rough in your comic with penciling techniques Work 100% digital, or use a combination of digital andtraditional 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 theWeb

Written by a working digital artist, Manga Studio ForDummies covers both Manga Studio Debut and EX versions. As anadded bonus, it even gives you a peek into the world of manga andcomics in general. With the help of Manga Studio ForDummies, you just might find yourself among the comic artistswhose work populates the Web and gathers thousands of fans!

Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials arenot included as part of eBook file.

Love Manga? The newest features of Manga Studio help you bring yourideas to life! The tools available in the latest version of thispowerful program make it easy to turn your computer into yourdrawing board, and Manga Studio For Dummies makes it easy toget started.

Discover how to use Manga Studio to begin creating comics inmanga or Western styles, add color to your creations, and sharethem with your adoring public. It’s a breeze once you knowyour way around the program. Manga may have begun in Japan, butManga Studio For Dummies is written in plain English, andshows you how to:

Build and use page templates Rough in your comic with penciling techniques Work 100% digital, or use a combination of digital andtraditional 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 theWeb

Written by a working digital artist, Manga Studio ForDummies covers both Manga Studio Debut and EX versions. As anadded bonus, it even gives you a peek into the world of manga andcomics in general. With the help of Manga Studio ForDummies, you just might find yourself among the comic artistswhose work populates the Web and gathers thousands of fans!

Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials arenot included as part of eBook file.

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