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Manga Studio 5 Beginner's Guide

Book Description

An extensive and fun guide to let your imagination on loose using Manga Studio 5

In Detail

Using Manga Studio 5 to create comics is an enriching experience. Instead of using graphite and ink, we can get creative with digital marking tools. Once you've got to grips with the basic use of these tools, creating comics digitally is just as expressive and fun as creating them on paper.

Manga Studio 5 Beginner's Guide is for beginner and experienced comic artists who are new to Manga Studio. The book delves into the methods of creating a comic, from an idea, character, script, and rough layouts, all the way to the finished art. No matter what character you are creating—superheroes, sci-fi, fantasy, real world, or Manga—Manga Studio 5 Beginner's Guide will be your go-to book for creating comics.

What You Will Learn

  • Create your own story in Manga Studio 5
  • Learn how to create pages to make them presentable on the Web and on paper
  • Identify ways to make your comics ""sound"" as good as they look by using software that complements speech balloons created by Manga
  • Master different ways to color your comics
  • Use the 3D posable figures in Manga Studio 5 to augment your own knowledge of anatomy to draw characters in action poses
  • Discover ways to compose a page to direct the reader's attention where you want it to be
  • Downloading the example code for this book. You can download the example code files for all Packt books you have purchased from your account at http://www.PacktPub.com. If you purchased this book elsewhere, you can visit http://www.PacktPub.com/support and register to have the files e-mailed directly to you.

    Table of Contents

    1. Manga Studio 5 Beginner's Guide
      1. Table of Contents
      2. Manga Studio 5 Beginner's Guide
      3. Credits
      4. About the Author
      5. About the Reviewers
      6. www.PacktPub.com
        1. Support files, eBooks, discount offers and more
          1. Why Subscribe?
          2. Free Access for Packt account holders
      7. Preface
        1. What this book covers
        2. What you need for this book
        3. Who this book is for
        4. Conventions
        5. Time for action – heading
          1. What just happened?
          2. Pop quiz – heading
          3. Have a go hero – heading
        6. Reader feedback
        7. Customer support
          1. Downloading the example files
          2. Downloading the color images of this book
          3. Errata
          4. Piracy
          5. Questions
      8. 1. Installing and Setting Up Manga Studio 5
        1. Preparing for installation
          1. Computer requirements
          2. Monitor
          3. Tablets or input devices
          4. Workspace
        2. Installation of Manga Studio 5
        3. Where are those files?
        4. Starting up Manga Studio for the first time
          1. Not your morning serial
          2. Palettes, toolbars, and documents
          3. The main Manga Studio 5 toolbar
            1. Palettes
            2. That new document template smell!
        5. Time for action – creating a new document dialog box
          1. What just happened?
          2. Have a go hero – creating a new document Dialog Box
          3. From your hand into the computer
            1. The Wacom tablet control panel
            2. Manga Studio 5 Stylus settings
          4. From a blank document to a finished page
          5. Pop Quiz
        6. Summary
      9. 2. Messing Around with Manga Studio 5
        1. The dreaded blank page
        2. Time for action – making our comic book page preset
          1. What just happened?
        3. Making our marks
        4. Time for action - sketching and the digital environment
          1. What just happened?
        5. The marking tools
          1. Inside a marking tool
        6. Creating our first custom pencil
          1. Creating our custom marking tool
        7. Time for action - duplicating an existing tool
          1. What just happened?
        8. Time for action – modifying the new Sketching Large pencil
          1. What just happened?
          2. Drawing with our new pencil tool
        9. Duplicating sub tools
          1. Differences between Revert and Register
        10. Time for action – duplicating a subtool for our second pencil
          1. What just happened?
          2. Creating a details pencil
        11. Time for action – making a detail pencil, our third pencil
          1. What just happened?
          2. What about the brush category settings?
        12. Making a custom sub group
          1. Making folders and saving files
        13. Testing out the pencils
          1. Pop quiz
        14. Summary
      10. 3. Formatting Your Stories
        1. Story formats
          1. Comic strip
          2. Comic book
          3. Graphic novels
          4. Publishing
        2. Making the page presets
          1. The comic strip
          2. The double-decker comic strip
          3. The comic book and graphic novel
          4. Settings for the new document dialog box
        3. Tabs in the canvas area
        4. Modifying older page presets or the character sheet revisited
        5. Time for action – modifying an existing page preset
          1. What just happened?
        6. Using grids for display lettering
          1. Using text for the first time in Manga Studio
        7. Adding content to the material palette
        8. Time for action – making new materials
          1. What just happened?
          2. Have a go hero – making new materials
          3. Pop quiz
        9. Summary
      11. 4. Roughing It
        1. What are roughs?
        2. From script to panels
        3. Time for action – breaking down the page
          1. What just happened?
          2. Examining a page breakdown for the sample story
        4. Zoom in and Zoom out
        5. Making our page
          1. Life with layers
          2. Know your buttons
        6. Time for action – using layers
          1. What just happened?
          2. Layer properties
        7. Drawing our rough page
        8. Time for action – making our mark on the page
          1. What just happened?
          2. Using the layer color effect
        9. Time for making actions
        10. Time for action – making actions
          1. What just happened?
        11. Time for action – adding existing actions
          1. What just happened?
          2. Have a go hero – adding existing actions
        12. Filling in the panel contents
        13. Refining the roughs
        14. Time for action – refining the line
          1. What just happened?
          2. The process so far
        15. Panels in Manga Studio
        16. Time for action – creating and setting up a frame folder layer
          1. What just happened?
          2. Using the cut frame border tool to make panels
        17. Time for action – cutting frames out of the frame folder layer
          1. What just happened?
          2. Setting up panels in separate folders
        18. Time for action – creating an action to create a frame folder layer
          1. What just happened?
          2. Have a go hero – creating an action to create a frame folder layer
        19. Making panels separate frame folders
        20. Time for action – making new frame folders using the cut frame border tool
          1. What just happened?
        21. Time for action – bleeding out to the ends of the page
          1. Pop quiz
        22. Summary
      12. 5. Putting Words in My Mouth
        1. The soundtrack of comics
          1. Got to get them all
          2. Font formats
        2. Comic lettering font conventions
          1. Categories of comic fonts
        3. Lettering in Manga Studio 5
          1. Preparing our page for lettering
        4. Time for action – writing the script
          1. What just happened?
          2. The text tool
        5. Time for action – using the text tool
          1. What just happened?
          2. Text tool settings
            1. Font category
            2. Text category
            3. Settings of editing category
        6. Time for action – creating a text tool for dialogs and captions
          1. What just happened?
          2. Putting down text on the page
        7. Time for action – lettering our first page
          1. What just happened?
          2. Adding dialog balloons and caption boxes
        8. Time for action – making a custom dialog balloon subtool
          1. What just happened?
            1. Making dialog balloons on the page
        9. Time for action – ballooning our dialog
          1. What just happened?
          2. Have a go hero – ballooning our dialog
          3. Pop quiz
        10. Summary
      13. 6. Pencil Mechanics
        1. The hidden hand of comics
        2. Time for action – preparing our workspace
          1. What just happened?
        3. Making a basic detailing pencil
          1. Basic pencil settings
        4. Time for action – configuring the pencil size and pressure settings
          1. What just happened?
        5. Time for action – configuring ink and anti-aliasing settings
          1. What just happened?
          2. Establishing a look for the pencil tool
        6. Time for action – configuring brush shape categories and settings
          1. What just happened?
        7. Time for action – configuring correction, starting, and ending settings
          1. What just happened?
          2. Have a go hero – the selection tools
        8. Making selections and working with them
          1. Resizing panel artwork and the selection launcher
        9. Time for action – adding a button to the selection launcher
          1. What just happened?
        10. Time for action – resizing a selection
          1. What just happened?
        11. Rulers and curves
          1. What good are rulers?
            1. Rulers in Manga Studio
          2. Creating an abstract design ruler
        12. Time for action – setting up our document and tools
          1. What just happened?
            1. Creating lines and curves for the design
        13. Time for action – drawing the straight lines
          1. What just happened?
            1. Types of curves in Manga Studio
        14. Time for action – making a curved ruler
          1. What just happened?
          2. Have a go hero – making a curved ruler
        15. Snapping our pencils in a good way
        16. Time for action – snapping pencils to the rulers
          1. What just happened?
        17. Getting some perspective
        18. Time for action – creating a perspective ruler
          1. What just happened?
          2. Managing perspective and other rulers
        19. Interface tweaks to make penciling easier and faster
          1. Drawing with transparency and other digital benefits
        20. Time for action – drawing with transparency
          1. What just happened?
          2. Layering our pencils
        21. Unmasking masks
        22. Time for action – setting up our layer
          1. What just happened?
        23. Time for action – drawing on the mask
          1. What just happened?
        24. Time for action – applying the mask and merging layers
          1. What just happened?
        25. Using reference images
          1. Pop quiz
        26. Summary
      14. 7. Ink Slingers
        1. The role of inking
          1. It's all about the lines
        2. Inking tools in Manga Studio
          1. Markers
        3. Time for action – making a technical pen subtool
          1. What just happened?
        4. Time for action – inking basic shapes with the technical pen
          1. What just happened?
          2. Have a go hero
          3. Pens
        5. Time for action – creating an inking brush with custom pressure settings
          1. What just happened?
          2. Time for action – pressure settings
            1. What just happened?
            2. Have a go hero – pressure settings
            3. Brushes
          3. Time for action – using a Bit Husky brush for fine inking
            1. What just happened?
            2. Airbrushes
          4. Time for action – using the airbrush for shading
            1. What just happened?
            2. Have a go hero
            3. Decoration
            4. Making a Kirby Krackle tool
          5. Time for action – crafting a custom Kirby Krackle tool
            1. What just happened?
          6. Time for action – creating the brush tips
            1. What just happened?
          7. Time for action – adding the brush tips to the materials
            1. What just happened?
          8. Time for action – adding the brush tips to the brush
            1. What just happened?
          9. Inking our page
          10. Setting the tones
            1. What's so great about tones?
          11. Time for action – locating tones in the Material palette
          12. Time for action – preparing artwork for tones
          13. Time for action – inking pencils with tones in mind
          14. Time for action – applying tones to artwork
          15. Time for action – making our own tones
            1. What just happened?
            2. Pop quiz
          16. Summary
      15. 8. Coloring the World
        1. Using the color theory for digital works
          1. Coloring in comics is a history
        2. Examining the color tools
          1. Color choosers
            1. Manga Studio's color wheel
        3. Time for action – using Manga Studio's color wheel
          1. What just happened?
        4. Time for action – shortcuts for switching main and subcolors
          1. What just happened?
          2. Have a go hero
            1. The approximate and intermediate color palettes
            2. Color sets
        5. Time for action – making a 70s comic color set
          1. What just happened?
            1. The eyedropper tool
            2. Looking at colors IRL
          2. Using the color marking tools
            1. A process for coloring comics
        6. Time for action – setting up our file for flats
          1. What just happened?
        7. Time for action – making a flatting brush
          1. What just happened?
            1. Coloring our flats
              1. Making use of overflow protection
        8. Time for action – coloring the flat color layer
          1. What just happened?
            1. Laying down the flat colors
        9. Time for action – using the auto select (magic wand) tool
          1. What just happened?
          2. Have a go hero
            1. Painting our comic
        10. Time for action – tool settings for painting
        11. Time for action – basic painting techniques for comics
          1. What just happened?
          2. Have a go hero
          3. Pop quiz
        12. Summary
      16. 9. Adding a Third "D"
        1. 3D objects in Manga Studio
          1. A basic primer in 3D
          2. 3D in Manga Studio 5
        2. Dealing with 3D objects
        3. Time for action – placing and manipulating a 3D material
          1. What just happened?
          2. Have a go hero
        4. Using a 3D mannequin
        5. Time for action – posing the 3D mannequin
          1. What just happened?
          2. Have a go hero – posing the 3D mannequin
        6. Time for action – making a scene
          1. What just happened?
          2. Have a go hero – making a scene
        7. Manga Studio's 3D features and the future
          1. Pop quiz
        8. Summary
      17. 10. Caring about Sharing
        1. Art is just part of the process
        2. Exporting from Manga Studio
          1. Paper or pixels
          2. Proofing and reviewing the work
            1. Tips and hints about spelling and grammar
        3. Printing our comic
          1. Using our home printer
        4. Time for action – setting up printing at home
          1. What just happened?
            1. Using a copy store
        5. Time for action – exporting for copy stores
          1. What just happened?
          2. Going for print on demand
          3. Web comics and other Internet graphics
        6. Time for action – exporting for the Web
          1. What just happened?
            1. Other ways to display
              1. CBZ and CBR
              2. PDF
              3. ePub
          2. Applications other than Manga Studio
        7. Getting the word (and pictures) out
        8. Keeping the momentum
          1. Pop quiz
        9. Summary
      18. 11. One More Thing
        1. Manga Studio 5 EX
          1. Stories
        2. Time for action – starting a story
          1. What just happened?
        3. Time for action – the Page Manager window
          1. What just happened?
          2. Have a go hero – story properties
          3. Batch operations
            1. Import
        4. Time for action – using the batch import
          1. What just happened?
          2. Have a go hero – using the batch import
            1. Export
        5. Time for action – using the batch export on our comic
          1. What just happened?
            1. Process
        6. Time for action – batch processing a story
          1. What just happened?
          2. Have a go hero – batch processing a story
            1. Wrapping up the Story menu
          3. Pop quiz
        7. Summary
      19. A. Pop Quiz Answers
        1. Chapter 1, Installing and Setting Up Manga Studio 5
          1. Pop quiz
        2. Chapter 2, Messing Around with Manga Studio
          1. Pop quiz
        3. Chapter 3, Formatting Your Stories
          1. Pop quiz
        4. Chapter 4, Roughing It
          1. Pop quiz
        5. Chapter 5, Putting Words in My Mouth
          1. Pop quiz
        6. Chapter 6, Pencil Mechanics
          1. Pop quiz
        7. Chapter 7, Ink Slingers
          1. Pop quiz
        8. Chapter 8, Coloring the World
          1. Pop quiz
        9. Chapter 9, Adding a Third "D"
          1. Pop quiz
        10. Chapter 10, Caring about Sharing
          1. Pop quiz
        11. Chapter 11, One More Thing
          1. Pop quiz
      20. Index