Manga Studio Ex 5 Cookbook

Over 90 hands-on recipes to help you create digital comics from page setup to exporting the final product
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Manga Studio Ex 5 Cookbook

Elizabeth Staley

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

ISBN 139781785881077
Paperback300 pages

Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Creating and Manipulating Pages and Page Templates
Introduction
Setting up and saving a standard-sized comic page file
Adding the story's title to the page
Adding the author's name to the page
Adding page numbers and folio information to the page
Creating a multi-page file
Setting up cover pages
Creating two-page spreads
Applying a framing template
Creating a custom framing template
Creating and using cover templates
Accessing the Page Manager
Rearranging story pages
Deleting story pages
Editing the story information
Editing the basic work settings
Using the Story Editor to enter text
Searching and replacing entered text
Chapter 2: Customizing Brushes
Introduction
Creating a gritty inking brush
Breaking out with a broken glass brush
Creating a cracked detail brush
Making a foliage brush
Creating a cross-hatching brush
Making a fabric trim brush
Making a ruffle brush
Making a brick brush
Blowing up an explosion brush
Creating a feathering texture brush
Chapter 3: Getting a Handle on Vectors
Introduction
Creating a vector layer
Making marks on a vector layer
Adjusting vector lines
Adding control points to the vector line
Deleting control points from the vector line
Scaling and rotating the vector line
Chapter 4: Using the Layer Modes
Introduction
Using the Darken mode
Using the Multiply mode
Using the Color burn mode
Using the Linear burn mode
Using the Subtract mode
Using the Lighten mode
Using the Screen mode
Using the Color dodge mode
Using the Add mode
Using the Overlay mode
Using the Soft light mode
Using the Hard light mode
Using the Difference mode
Chapter 5: Making Selections and Layer Masks
Introduction
Adding a Layer Mask
Editing the Layer Mask
Making a Quick Mask using selection tools
Using the Selection pen
Using the Clear selection tool
Using the Shrink selection tool
Chapter 6: Using New Rulers and Line Tools
Introduction
Using Symmetry ruler
Making action lines with the Scattered stream line tool
Making action lines with the Dark stream line tool
Adding moods with the Gloom stream line tool
Making rain drops with the Rain stream line tool
Making focus lines with the Scattered saturated line tool
Making focus lines with the Dark saturated line tool
Making focus lines with the Dense saturated line tool
Using the Brightness tool
Creating dark flashes with the Burst tool
Chapter 7: Adding and Creating Tones and Materials
Introduction
Adding a screentone to a large area
Using a selection tool to apply a quick tone
Creating and saving custom materials
Drawing a custom fabric pattern
Using Mesh Transformation to apply more realistic fabric patterns
Chapter 8: Playing with Color Palettes
Introduction
Importing a palette from Photoshop
Saving a color set as a material
Turning the color set bar on and off
Turning the command bar on and off
Creating harmonious color schemes using the Intermediate Color palette
Using the Approximate Color palette
Using the Color History palette
Chapter 9: Creating Special Effects
Introduction
Making colored line work
Coloring sparkly magic effects
Creating the look of shiny leather
Creating a colored light effect
Creating laser blasts
Making lightning and electricity
Chapter 10: Using 3D Objects
Introduction
Adding existing 3D objects to a page
Importing a 3D object from another program
Manipulating 3D objects
Adjusting the 3D camera
Using preset poses
Saving custom information as materials
Customizing characters
Chapter 11: Exporting the Finished Product
Introduction
Exporting for printing
Adjusting the image quality and file size
Resizing an image while exporting
Exporting for web display
Exporting pages in a batch (EX only)

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

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Creating and Manipulating Pages and Page Templates
Introduction
Setting up and saving a standard-sized comic page file
Adding the story's title to the page
Adding the author's name to the page
Adding page numbers and folio information to the page
Creating a multi-page file
Setting up cover pages
Creating two-page spreads
Applying a framing template
Creating a custom framing template
Creating and using cover templates
Accessing the Page Manager
Rearranging story pages
Deleting story pages
Editing the story information
Editing the basic work settings
Using the Story Editor to enter text
Searching and replacing entered text
Chapter 2: Customizing Brushes
Introduction
Creating a gritty inking brush
Breaking out with a broken glass brush
Creating a cracked detail brush
Making a foliage brush
Creating a cross-hatching brush
Making a fabric trim brush
Making a ruffle brush
Making a brick brush
Blowing up an explosion brush
Creating a feathering texture brush
Chapter 3: Getting a Handle on Vectors
Introduction
Creating a vector layer
Making marks on a vector layer
Adjusting vector lines
Adding control points to the vector line
Deleting control points from the vector line
Scaling and rotating the vector line
Chapter 4: Using the Layer Modes
Introduction
Using the Darken mode
Using the Multiply mode
Using the Color burn mode
Using the Linear burn mode
Using the Subtract mode
Using the Lighten mode
Using the Screen mode
Using the Color dodge mode
Using the Add mode
Using the Overlay mode
Using the Soft light mode
Using the Hard light mode
Using the Difference mode
Chapter 5: Making Selections and Layer Masks
Introduction
Adding a Layer Mask
Editing the Layer Mask
Making a Quick Mask using selection tools
Using the Selection pen
Using the Clear selection tool
Using the Shrink selection tool
Chapter 6: Using New Rulers and Line Tools
Introduction
Using Symmetry ruler
Making action lines with the Scattered stream line tool
Making action lines with the Dark stream line tool
Adding moods with the Gloom stream line tool
Making rain drops with the Rain stream line tool
Making focus lines with the Scattered saturated line tool
Making focus lines with the Dark saturated line tool
Making focus lines with the Dense saturated line tool
Using the Brightness tool
Creating dark flashes with the Burst tool
Chapter 7: Adding and Creating Tones and Materials
Introduction
Adding a screentone to a large area
Using a selection tool to apply a quick tone
Creating and saving custom materials
Drawing a custom fabric pattern
Using Mesh Transformation to apply more realistic fabric patterns
Chapter 8: Playing with Color Palettes
Introduction
Importing a palette from Photoshop
Saving a color set as a material
Turning the color set bar on and off
Turning the command bar on and off
Creating harmonious color schemes using the Intermediate Color palette
Using the Approximate Color palette
Using the Color History palette
Chapter 9: Creating Special Effects
Introduction
Making colored line work
Coloring sparkly magic effects
Creating the look of shiny leather
Creating a colored light effect
Creating laser blasts
Making lightning and electricity
Chapter 10: Using 3D Objects
Introduction
Adding existing 3D objects to a page
Importing a 3D object from another program
Manipulating 3D objects
Adjusting the 3D camera
Using preset poses
Saving custom information as materials
Customizing characters
Chapter 11: Exporting the Finished Product
Introduction
Exporting for printing
Adjusting the image quality and file size
Resizing an image while exporting
Exporting for web display
Exporting pages in a batch (EX only)

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ISBN 139781785881077
Paperback300 pages
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