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Manga Studio® for Dummies® by Doug Hills

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Chapter 2. Help for the Beginning (Manga Studio) Artist

In This Chapter

  • Purchasing additional RAM to help your computer while running Manga Studio

  • Purchasing a drawing tablet and/or scanner to help create your art in the program

  • Defining basic comic page terminology

  • Suggesting some storytelling tips

  • Offering additional suggestions for when you feel frustrated with the creative process

This chapter is aimed squarely at the new wave of digital artists out there who pick up this book. Maybe you're the person who always dreamed about drawing comics but didn't know where to begin. Or you could be the person who received this book and a copy of Manga Studio as a gift (if that's the case, Happy birthday/Christmas/Kwanzaa/Chanukah/Festivus/or whatever) and aren't sure where to go from here.

The chapter's broken down into, I'd say, one-third useful computer hardware information to help you use Manga Studio and two-thirds (hopefully) useful suggestions on comics and manga creation and storytelling in general.

Acquiring Useful Tools

I'll take the leap of faith and assume that you already have a computer running some flavor of Windows or Mac OS X (sorry, Linux users! You can always see if the program will run though Wine), or else you probably wouldn't be reading this book.

However, there are a few pieces of hardware, both internal to your computer as well as external, that you may find useful to have. What's more, you don't need to go on a massive spending spree to get them.

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