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Mastering Manga Studio 5

Book Description

An extensive, fun, and practical guide to streamlining your comic-making workflow using Manga Studio 5

  • Make Manga Studio 5 your own personalized software by creating your own workspace, tools, page layouts, and materials

  • Explore using 3D models, actions, ruler tools, and creating projects to save you time

  • Full of examples, illustrations, and tips with a lighthearted and fun style to make comic creation fun and easy

In Detail

Time is something that almost every artist doesn't have enough of. If you're an illustrator or comic creator you know just how much time and effort it can take to produce one great page. But the features in Manga Studio 5 can make this process a lot more streamlined and give you more time to create!

"Mastering Manga Studio 5" will teach you how to create more comics and illustrations in less time than you ever thought possible. By using the features of Manga Studio 5 like the Story Editor, Custom brushes, actions, materials, and 3D models, you'll learn how to make Manga Studio work for your style and workflow. Go from being a novice Manga Studio user to an expert using the tricks, techniques, and projects in this guide.

Learn how to make and share custom tools, set up left- and right-handed workspaces, make custom materials, alter 3D models, and create custom actions. By putting together a custom story project and making your own tools, automating redundant processes, and converting an inked art into a traditional comic art, you'll learn all about the advanced features of Manga Studio 5.

"Mastering Manga Studio 5" will teach you what you need to know to produce more work in less time.

Table of Contents

  1. Mastering Manga Studio 5
    1. Table of Contents
    2. Mastering Manga Studio 5
    3. Credits
    4. About the Author
    5. About the Reviewers
      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. Reader feedback
      6. Customer support
        1. Downloading the color images of this book
        2. Errata
        3. Piracy
        4. Questions
    8. 1. Getting Familiar with the Story Features
      1. Creating a new file
      2. Creating and saving a custom page template
      3. Navigating and rearranging pages
      4. The Story management menu
      5. Summary
    9. 2. The Right Tools for the Job
      1. The benefits of using custom tools
      2. Making a custom pencil tool
      3. Making a custom inking pen
      4. Paint away with a custom paintbrush
      5. Make a custom text tool
      6. The custom sub tool options explained
        1. Brush size menu
          1. Brush size
          2. Specify by size on screen
          3. Atleast 1 pixel
        2. Ink menu
          1. Opacity
          2. Combine mode
          3. Mix ground color
        3. Anti-aliasing menu
        4. Brush shape menu
          1. Brush tip
          2. Spraying effect
          3. Stroke
          4. Texture
        5. Border of watercolor menu
        6. Erase menu
        7. Correction menu
        8. Starting and Ending menu
        9. Anti-overflow menu
      7. Importing and exporting your tools
      8. Summary
    10. 3. Palettes of a Different Color
      1. Using the preset palettes
        1. Color circle
        2. Color slider
        3. Mix color
        4. Approx. color
        5. Color set
          1. Editing existing color sets
          2. Making new color sets
      2. Summary
    11. 4. Setting up Your Space
      1. Moving things around
      2. Customizing the Command Bar
      3. Left- and right-handed setups
        1. Left-handed setup for regular tablets
        2. Left-handed setup for onscreen drawing tablets
        3. Right-handed setups
      4. Making a coloring workspace
      5. Switching and managing workspaces
      6. Summary
    12. 5. Living in a Material World
      1. Navigating and searching your materials
      2. Editing materials
      3. Creating custom material
        1. Speech balloon
        2. Getting splashy with sound effects
      4. Making plaids
      5. Finishing an image with materials
      6. Summary
    13. 6. It's Only a (3D) Model
      1. Inserting and positioning models in your canvas
        1. Controlling the 3D camera
        2. Positioning the model
      2. Using the character models
      3. Striking a pose
      4. Altering proportions
      5. Importing models
      6. Summary
    14. 7. Ready! Set! Action!
      1. Using existing actions
      2. Creating custom actions
        1. Action sets
        2. Recording an auto action
      3. Easy cel-shading coloring with auto actions
      4. Making line art from a photo
      5. A few last thoughts on actions
        1. Playing part of an action
        2. Setting keyboard shortcuts
        3. Importing and exporting action sets
      6. Summary
    15. 8. Rulers and Speech Balloons
      1. Rulers
        1. Other functions of perspective rulers
        2. The other rulers
        3. Using concentric ruler tools to make word balloons
      2. Text and word balloons
        1. Balloon tails
      3. Summary
    16. 9. Putting It All Together! Drawing and Inking
      1. Creating our file
        1. Using materials to lay out frames
      2. Drawing
        1. Using actions to set up sketching layers
      3. Using 3D elements for sketching
      4. Inking
      5. Summary
    17. 10. Finishing Touches
      1. Screentones
      2. Coloring – the comic book style
        1. Coloring the hair
        2. Coloring the skin
        3. Backgrounds and you
      3. Special effects
        1. Shine
        2. Using photographic patterns
        3. Reflections
      4. Summary
    18. A. Recommended Reading
      1. Helpful websites
      2. Podcasts to listen to while working
      3. Final thoughts
      4. And finally...
    19. Index