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Manga Studio Ex 5 Cookbook

Book Description

Over 90 hands-on recipes to help you create digital comics from page setup to exporting the final product

About This Book

  • Design creative and custom digital comics with the perfection equivalent of pen-and-paper drawings

  • Explore the latest features from Manga Studio EX 5 such as custom brush effects, layers, masks, 3D objects, panels, and multiple-page story layout

  • A pragmatic manual with engaging recipes and attractive screenshots that make comic creation fun and easy

  • Who This Book Is For

    This book is intended for competent comic artists working on Manga Studio who want to create more attractive comics by using powerful tools and features from software for digital comic creation.

    What You Will Learn

  • Create story files and custom pages for any Web or publishing project

  • Customize brushes for special ink effects, hatching and cross-hatching, and much more

  • Work with vector images in Manga Studio EX 5

  • Use the new Symmetry ruler and the new Line tools to create your illustrations faster and more efficiently

  • Make and save custom screentones, and add them to your comic pages

  • Punch up your illustrations with color palettes and special effects

  • Add 3D models to create or accentuate your comic scenes

  • Finish a project by exporting it for the Web or for a printed collection

  • In Detail

    Manga Studio is a software application for the digital creation of comics and manga. Manga Studio EX 5 has all the features of Manga Studio 5, professional story creation tools, and other special features that make it the ultimate illustration tool for serious comic, manga, and graphic artists. Made specifically for comic artists and illustrators, it has some of the most powerful digital art creation tools available. From digital perspective rulers to a library of screentones, Manga Studio 5 works for the artist with an intuitive, customizable interface and tools. With Manga Studio EX 5, you can create custom page templates, save commonly used designs, make custom brushes, mimic traditional media, pose 3D objects directly on the art canvas, and export all of your comic pages for print or the Web.

    The book starts with everything you need to know to set up custom pages for your comic or Manga project. These recipes will take you all the way through to exporting your illustrations for print or to display them on the Web. You will learn how to create custom brushes that you will use for inking, or for repetitive tasks such as drawing foliage or rubble. Next, you will move on to understanding Layer Modes and Layer Masks. Then, you'll learn how to finish up your illustrations with color, screentones, special effects, and 3D objects. Finally, you will be taught to export your hard work and share it with the world, either through the Web or in print.

    This cookbook will give you just the right recipes to turn on the power of Manga Studio EX 5 and get you creating more illustrations faster and more efficiently.

    Style and approach

    An easy-to-follow, and informative book full of recipes that explore real-world topics for the comic creator. Each recipe is explained with detailed steps and interesting screenshots.

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    Table of Contents

    1. Manga Studio Ex 5 Cookbook
      1. Table of Contents
      2. Manga Studio Ex 5 Cookbook
      3. Credits
      4. Foreword
      5. About the Author
      6. About the Reviewers
      7. www.PacktPub.com
        1. Support files, eBooks, discount offers, and more
          1. Why subscribe?
          2. Free access for Packt account holders
      8. Preface
        1. What this book covers
        2. What you need for this book
        3. Who this book is for
        4. Sections
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
          3. How it works…
          4. There's more…
          5. See also
        5. Conventions
        6. Reader feedback
        7. Customer support
          1. Errata
          2. Piracy
          3. Questions
      9. 1. Creating and Manipulating Pages and Page Templates
        1. Introduction
        2. Setting up and saving a standard-sized comic page file
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works…
          4. See also
        3. Adding the story's title to the page
          1. How to do it...
          2. See also
        4. Adding the author's name to the page
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
          3. See also
        5. Adding page numbers and folio information to the page
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works…
          4. There's more…
            1. Including a folio page number
          5. See also
        6. Creating a multi-page file
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
          3. See also
        7. Setting up cover pages
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
          3. How it works…
          4. See also
        8. Creating two-page spreads
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more…
            1. Creating two-page spreads in existing story files
          5. See also
        9. Applying a framing template
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
          3. How it works…
          4. See also
        10. Creating a custom framing template
          1. How to do it…
          2. How it works…
          3. See also
        11. Creating and using cover templates
          1. How to do it...
          2. How it works…
          3. See also
        12. Accessing the Page Manager
          1. How to do it…
          2. There's more…
            1. Viewing the Page Manager in other orientations
          3. See also
        13. Rearranging story pages
          1. How to do it…
          2. There's more…
            1. Rearranging multiple pages
          3. See also
        14. Deleting story pages
          1. How to do it…
          2. There's more…
            1. Deleting multiple pages
          3. See also
        15. Editing the story information
          1. How to do it…
          2. See also
        16. Editing the basic work settings
          1. How to do it…
          2. See also
        17. Using the Story Editor to enter text
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. See also
        18. Searching and replacing entered text
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. See also
      10. 2. Customizing Brushes
        1. Introduction
        2. Creating a gritty inking brush
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
          3. How it works…
        3. Breaking out with a broken glass brush
          1. How to do it…
          2. How it works…
          3. There's more…
        4. Creating a cracked detail brush
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
          3. How it works…
        5. Making a foliage brush
          1. How to do it…
          2. How it works…
        6. Creating a cross-hatching brush
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
          3. How it works…
        7. Making a fabric trim brush
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
          3. How it works...
          4. See also
        8. Making a ruffle brush
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
          3. How it works…
        9. Making a brick brush
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
          3. How it works…
        10. Blowing up an explosion brush
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
          3. How it works…
          4. See also
        11. Creating a feathering texture brush
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
          3. How it works…
      11. 3. Getting a Handle on Vectors
        1. Introduction
        2. Creating a vector layer
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
          3. There's more…
        3. Making marks on a vector layer
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
          3. How it works…
          4. There's more…
          5. See also
        4. Adjusting vector lines
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
          3. How it works…
          4. There's more…
          5. See also
        5. Adding control points to the vector line
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
          3. How it works…
          4. See also
        6. Deleting control points from the vector line
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more…
          5. See also
        7. Scaling and rotating the vector line
          1. Getting started
          2. How to do it…
          3. How it works…
          4. There's more...
          5. See also
      12. 4. Using the Layer Modes
        1. Introduction
        2. Using the Darken mode
          1. How to do it…
          2. How it works...
        3. Using the Multiply mode
          1. How to do it…
          2. How it works...
        4. Using the Color burn mode
          1. How to do it…
          2. How it works...
        5. Using the Linear burn mode
          1. How to do it…
          2. How it works...
        6. Using the Subtract mode
          1. How to do it…
          2. How it works...
        7. Using the Lighten mode
          1. How to do it…
          2. How it works...
        8. Using the Screen mode
          1. How to do it…
          2. How it works...
        9. Using the Color dodge mode
          1. How to do it…
          2. How it works...
        10. Using the Add mode
          1. How to do it…
          2. How it works...
        11. Using the Overlay mode
          1. How to do it…
          2. How it works...
        12. Using the Soft light mode
          1. How to do it…
          2. How it works...
        13. Using the Hard light mode
          1. How to do it…
          2. How it works...
        14. Using the Difference mode
          1. How to do it…
          2. How it works...
      13. 5. Making Selections and Layer Masks
        1. Introduction
        2. Adding a Layer Mask
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
          3. How it works...
        3. Editing the Layer Mask
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
          3. How it works...
        4. Making a Quick Mask using selection tools
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
          3. How it works...
        5. Using the Selection pen
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
        6. Using the Clear selection tool
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
        7. Using the Shrink selection tool
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
      14. 6. Using New Rulers and Line Tools
        1. Introduction
        2. Using Symmetry ruler
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
          3. There's more…
        3. Making action lines with the Scattered stream line tool
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
          3. How it works...
        4. Making action lines with the Dark stream line tool
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
          3. How it works…
        5. Adding moods with the Gloom stream line tool
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
          3. How it works…
          4. There's more…
        6. Making rain drops with the Rain stream line tool
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
          3. How it works…
        7. Making focus lines with the Scattered saturated line tool
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
          3. How it works…
        8. Making focus lines with the Dark saturated line tool
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
          3. How it works…
        9. Making focus lines with the Dense saturated line tool
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
          3. How it works…
        10. Using the Brightness tool
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
        11. Creating dark flashes with the Burst tool
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
      15. 7. Adding and Creating Tones and Materials
        1. Introduction
        2. Adding a screentone to a large area
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
        3. Using a selection tool to apply a quick tone
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
          3. How it works…
        4. Creating and saving custom materials
          1. How to do it…
          2. How it works…
        5. Drawing a custom fabric pattern
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
        6. Using Mesh Transformation to apply more realistic fabric patterns
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
      16. 8. Playing with Color Palettes
        1. Introduction
        2. Importing a palette from Photoshop
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
          3. There's more…
        3. Saving a color set as a material
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
        4. Turning the color set bar on and off
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
        5. Turning the command bar on and off
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
        6. Creating harmonious color schemes using the Intermediate Color palette
          1. How to do it…
        7. Using the Approximate Color palette
          1. How to do it…
          2. How it works…
        8. Using the Color History palette
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
      17. 9. Creating Special Effects
        1. Introduction
        2. Making colored line work
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
          3. How it works…
        3. Coloring sparkly magic effects
          1. How to do it…
        4. Creating the look of shiny leather
          1. How to do it…
        5. Creating a colored light effect
          1. How to do it…
          2. How it works…
        6. Creating laser blasts
          1. How to do it…
        7. Making lightning and electricity
          1. How to do it…
      18. 10. Using 3D Objects
        1. Introduction
        2. Adding existing 3D objects to a page
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
        3. Importing a 3D object from another program
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
        4. Manipulating 3D objects
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
          3. How it works…
        5. Adjusting the 3D camera
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
        6. Using preset poses
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
        7. Saving custom information as materials
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
        8. Customizing characters
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
          3. How it works…
          4. There's more…
      19. 11. Exporting the Finished Product
        1. Introduction
        2. Exporting for printing
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
        3. Adjusting the image quality and file size
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
          3. How it works…
        4. Resizing an image while exporting
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
        5. Exporting for web display
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
        6. Exporting pages in a batch (EX only)
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
      20. Index