PacktLib: Manga Studio 5 Beginner's Guide

Manga Studio 5 Beginner's Guide

Credits

About the Author

About the Reviewers

www.PacktPub.com

Preface

Installing and Setting Up Manga Studio 5

Preparing for installation

Installation of Manga Studio 5

Where are those files?

Starting up Manga Studio for the first time

Time for action – creating a new document dialog box

Summary

Messing Around with Manga Studio 5

The dreaded blank page

Time for action – making our comic book page preset

Making our marks

Time for action - sketching and the digital environment

The marking tools

Creating our first custom pencil

Time for action - duplicating an existing tool

Time for action – modifying the new Sketching Large pencil

Duplicating sub tools

Time for action – duplicating a subtool for our second pencil

Time for action – making a detail pencil, our third pencil

Making a custom sub group

Testing out the pencils

Summary

Formatting Your Stories

Story formats

Making the page presets

Tabs in the canvas area

Modifying older page presets or the character sheet revisited

Time for action – modifying an existing page preset

Using grids for display lettering

Adding content to the material palette

Time for action – making new materials

Summary

Roughing It

What are roughs?

From script to panels

Time for action – breaking down the page

Zoom in and Zoom out

Making our page

Time for action – using layers

Drawing our rough page

Time for action – making our mark on the page

Time for making actions

Time for action – making actions

Time for action – adding existing actions

Filling in the panel contents

Refining the roughs

Time for action – refining the line

Panels in Manga Studio

Time for action – creating and setting up a frame folder layer

Time for action – cutting frames out of the frame folder layer

Time for action – creating an action to create a frame folder layer

Making panels separate frame folders

Time for action – making new frame folders using the cut frame border tool

Time for action – bleeding out to the ends of the page

Summary

Putting Words in My Mouth

The soundtrack of comics

Comic lettering font conventions

Lettering in Manga Studio 5

Time for action – writing the script

Time for action – using the text tool

Time for action – creating a text tool for dialogs and captions

Time for action – lettering our first page

Time for action – making a custom dialog balloon subtool

Time for action – ballooning our dialog

Summary

Pencil Mechanics

The hidden hand of comics

Time for action – preparing our workspace

Making a basic detailing pencil

Time for action – configuring the pencil size and pressure settings

Time for action – configuring ink and anti-aliasing settings

Time for action – configuring brush shape categories and settings

Time for action – configuring correction, starting, and ending settings

Making selections and working with them

Time for action – adding a button to the selection launcher

Time for action – resizing a selection

Rulers and curves

Time for action – setting up our document and tools

Time for action – drawing the straight lines

Time for action – making a curved ruler

Snapping our pencils in a good way

Time for action – snapping pencils to the rulers

Getting some perspective

Time for action – creating a perspective ruler

Interface tweaks to make penciling easier and faster

Time for action – drawing with transparency

Unmasking masks

Time for action – setting up our layer

Time for action – drawing on the mask

Time for action – applying the mask and merging layers

Using reference images

Summary

Ink Slingers

The role of inking

Inking tools in Manga Studio

Time for action – making a technical pen subtool

Time for action – inking basic shapes with the technical pen

Time for action – creating an inking brush with custom pressure settings

Time for action – pressure settings

Time for action – using a Bit Husky brush for fine inking

Time for action – using the airbrush for shading

Time for action – crafting a custom Kirby Krackle tool

Time for action – creating the brush tips

Time for action – adding the brush tips to the materials

Time for action – adding the brush tips to the brush

Inking our page

Setting the tones

Time for action – locating tones in the Material palette

Time for action – preparing artwork for tones

Time for action – inking pencils with tones in mind

Time for action – applying tones to artwork

Time for action – making our own tones

Summary

Coloring the World

Using the color theory for digital works

Examining the color tools

Time for action – using Manga Studio's color wheel

Time for action – shortcuts for switching main and subcolors

Time for action – making a 70s comic color set

Time for action – setting up our file for flats

Time for action – making a flatting brush

Time for action – coloring the flat color layer

Time for action – using the auto select (magic wand) tool

Time for action – tool settings for painting

Time for action – basic painting techniques for comics

Summary

Adding a Third "D"

3D objects in Manga Studio

Dealing with 3D objects

Time for action – placing and manipulating a 3D material

Using a 3D mannequin

Time for action – posing the 3D mannequin

Time for action – making a scene

Manga Studio's 3D features and the future

Summary

Caring about Sharing

Art is just part of the process

Exporting from Manga Studio

Printing our comic

Time for action – setting up printing at home

Time for action – exporting for copy stores

Time for action – exporting for the Web

Getting the word (and pictures) out

Keeping the momentum

Summary

One More Thing

Manga Studio 5 EX

Time for action – starting a story

Time for action – the Page Manager window

Time for action – using the batch import

Time for action – using the batch export on our comic

Time for action – batch processing a story

Summary

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