Product Review - Manga Studio

Product Review - Manga Studio
What is Manga? Just ask any school aged person and chances are he or she will be a fan or a budding Manga artist. To put it simply, Manga is a Japanese-style comic that has been around for some time and has become one of the most popular comic or tone styles adopted by many artists. Proof of its popularity can be found in print and on the web. There are numerous sites dedicated to Manga from sites teaching Manga drawing to artists publishing their own Manga comics. Manga Studio is a software for Manga artists and hobbyists. It has many features you would expect to find in any graphics software as well as many features specific to Manga.

Starting a new comic in Manga Studio is easy. The program has many page layout templates that you can use as is or customize as needed. You can start with a one page comic or a multi-page comic in the New Story dialog box. You have the option to create your comic entirely in Manga Studio or scan a previous comic into the workspace for digital enhancement. Digital artists who have used other graphics and illustration programs such as AdobeR PhotoshopR or IllustratorR, will recognize the same tool and palette system in Manga Studio with a few additional tools and palettes specific to Manga.

You will find several freehand drawing tools including the Pen, Pencil, Airbrush, Magic Marker, Pattern Brush, Shape Tools, Eraser and Fill tool. Manga Studio has some very nice features to help you draw your comics. You can use your mouse or a pen tablet and each tool has preset properties that simulate traditional drawing tools. For example, the Pen tool has several presets that vary in the type of lines they produce (G, Maru, Kabura, School, Brush, Gray Use). You can customize each tool to control the thickness, opacity, degree of flow and smoothness. One nice feature is the Correction setting which controls the smoothness of the line for those artists with shaky hands. The Text tool works much the same as in other programs. You can choose from any font installed on your computer and customize the size, formatting and alignment. You can even create vertical text and use word balloons.


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