Product Review - Manga Studio - 2

Product Review - Manga Studio - 2
There are several features specific to Manga art. You can paint with the many built-in shading and texture patterns, called Tones, specific to the Manga style. The Draw panel and Panel Ruler allow the artist to divide the page into comic style panels as easily as drawing a line with the mouse. Another feature is the Effect Lines such as the Speed and Focus lines for creating story emphasis and character expression distinctive to the Manga style.

Like other graphics programs, Manga Studio has both vector and raster layers for organizing separate parts of the design. However, Manga Studio also has a nice feature for controlling which layers are part of the final design. During the final printing or exporting, the Output Attribute setting for each layer determines whether the contents of that layer is printed or included in the image file. Many Manga artists begin their comics with an initial rough sketch which they use as a guide for the pen work. This layer feature allows the artists to retain the initial rough sketch for future use and only print/output the final artwork. Also, the art can be saved in the Photoshop file format which retains the layers for post production work.

At the e frontier website, you will find a gallery of Manga art, a forum, templates, 2D and 3D content, contests and a newsletter. Manga Studio comes in two versions, Manga Studio Debut 3.0 and Manga Studio EX Professional.

e frontier screen shots used by permission of e frontier America, Inc. and e frontier, Inc. Poser, Shade, Manga Studio, MotionArtist are trademarks or registered trademarks of e frontier America, Inc. and e frontier, Inc.

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