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    Manga Studio EX4 on sale for $99

    This isn't meant to be spam but I just learned that the program I use to draw my two webcomics ('Brudders' and 'Streams') is on sale for $99 (normally $299). I thought some artists here would be interested. Link here:

    http://news.contentparadise.com/cpnews_mangaex4_99q2/

    Also, I posted a brief article on my website about how a webcomic is created from 'concept-to-final'. Link here:

    http://bit.ly/Ses002

    And just to keep this relevant to Lightwave 3D, Manga Studio EX is capable of directly importing .lwo objects and shading them as 'drawn' elements.

    G.

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    seems to have ended may 15th....back to $299
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    Q - How many polys?
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    Man, sorry about that. Strangely, I got the email from them yesterday.

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    maybe an marketing error...could be a new offer due soon then!
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    Smith-Micro and their affiliates do seem to run sales on their products often, so maybe.

    Anyway, I've been using the program for my webcomics for a few years now and I really like it. The inking and line editing tools are excellent, and the panels, balloon, and tone tools take a lot of the tedium out of the process. If you like to draw comics using a computer, it's definitely worth a look.

    Funny that after all this time I never actually tried the Lightwave object import feature. I'll have to give it a shot tonight.

    G.

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    I had an email last night. Manga Studio EX4 is on sale now at $99 at Content Paradise until 20th June if people are still interested: http://www.contentparadise.com/Produ...ls.aspx?id=685

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    Thanks for posting that; I feel less embarrassed about starting this thread.

    If anybody has questions about this software, feel free to ask.

    G.

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    Q on manga studio

    apart from the hundreds of screen tones, what separates manga studio from other vector drawing apps like corel draw, flash, toon boom, illustrator etc?

    can you freely rotate the paper when using manga studio if your using a wacom pen?
    Last edited by cresshead; 06-17-2011 at 04:34 PM.
    stee+cat
    real name: steve gilbert
    http://www.cresshead.com/

    Q - How many polys?
    A - All of them!

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    stee+cat
    real name: steve gilbert
    http://www.cresshead.com/

    Q - How many polys?
    A - All of them!

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    http://store.smithmicro.com/productdetails.aspx?id=685

    Looks like it ends on June 19, 2011

    Somewhere, over the rainbow....

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    Quote Originally Posted by cresshead View Post
    Q on manga studio

    apart from the hundreds of screen tones, what separates manga studio from other vector drawing apps like corel draw, flash, toon boom, illustrator etc?

    can you freely rotate the paper when using manga studio if your using a wacom pen?
    Yes, it has free canvas rotation. It has numerous tools designed for comics illustration like panel rulers, perspective rulers that constrain drawing to 1, 2, and 3 point perspective,and so on. It also has import for Lightwave objects. It's by far the best digital inking tool I have so far come across. Many of the things it can do can be done in other packges, but often in a slower and less convenient manner.

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    they have a weird thing on the demo...having to go thru a credit card process so before i go do that if i get manga studio can i run it on my quad core AND my tablet pc?...or is it locked to only 1 pc?
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    Q - How many polys?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cresshead View Post
    Q on manga studio

    apart from the hundreds of screen tones, what separates manga studio from other vector drawing apps like corel draw, flash, toon boom, illustrator etc?

    can you freely rotate the paper when using manga studio if your using a wacom pen?
    Everything he said.

    Basically, if you draw comics, Manga Studio has a workflow and specialized tools that reduce the really tedious parts of the process so you can focus on the creative ones. Some examples:

    - Panel layout and editing tools like knife, merging, alignment, spacing, etc. MS lets you define this as vector based ruler layer, and you can convert to separate bitmap layer. It automatically generates a layer mask for you so elements drawn in other layers stay within panel boundaries.

    - Word balloon tool that let you generate shapes procedurally, add and edit tails. It even lets you save your settings to the Materials window so you can reuse favorite balloon styles.

    - Comprehensive color separation tools, which really only means anything if you print using traditional four-color process. With digital presses becoming so common these days, you may not need it. FWIW, I don't color in MS anyway; prefer to use Photoshop for that.

    - Documents can contain multiple pages. I don't take advantage of this because I just do strips, but if you make entire comic books or graphic novels this makes MS work like a multi-page layout program like InDesign.

    Of course if you don't draw comics, none of this will seem all that significant or especially useful. But if you do draw comics, there's really nothing like this in other drawing packages.

    As for drawing tools:

    The sketching tools are basic but that's all you need for sketching. One nice thing is that MS can be made aware of sketch and text layers and will ignore them when filling spaces with ink or tones.

    The brush tools are available as bitmap or vector tools. Bitmaps work as expected but the vector tools are the main reason to use MS4 EX. Vectors are always editable in shape and weight. You edit the shape by grabbing knots directly or brushing with a tool that works a lot like Lightwave's magnet tool. There are also tools that let you adjust thin and thickness using a brush.

    The rulers and guide tools can help a lot for drawing large curves and lines. These are basically bezier tools that you can use to draw paths for your brush strokes (brushes 'stick' to them when you draw near the guides, guiding the direction as you control pressure.) There are also special guide tools to help you draw iconic comics effects like speedlines and powerlines.

    Tones and gradients are pretty cool in MS. Most are procedurally generated and can be changed anytime. In some situations you'll want to use them in combination with mask layers (kinda like layer masks in Photoshop.)

    The custom tool palette is very useful; for example, you can create palettes based on tasks (i.e., sketch, inking, effects, etc.) or projects or styles (i.e., I have different tool palettes for Brudders and Streams because they're drawn differently.)

    And, yes, you can freely rotate the canvas. I think by default, free rotation hidden under the grabber tool, but I keep a copy of the icon in each of the custom tools palette I use. (FYI, the free rotation tool is hidden under the grabber tool in Painter too. In both programs, I made Rotate Canvas the default button since I can always access the Grabber tool by pressing the spacebar.)

    The program works great on a wacom but it really shines on a Tablet PC if you also use the free programs gMote and Modlock. (You can see how I use these in that Manga Studio drawing video I made last year.)

    As a 'general purpose' drawing program, it would be easy to point out Manga Studio's weaknesses but it is in fact a specialty tool and should be viewed as such.

    G.

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    It's not node locked. I run MS on my tablet PC and desktop. Make sure you keep your serial number in a safe place as you may need it for updates and future upgrade.

    G.

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    That's weird about needing a credit card to get a demo. Just to be safe, be sure the demo offer is indeed coming from Smith-Micro or Content Paradise.

    Sorry, I don't mean to make you paranoid; I'm sure the $99 deal is legit as it's currently mentioned on the main Manga Studio product page at the Smith-Micro website. Content Paradise is also featuring the $99 sale:

    http://www.contentparadise.com/produ...ls.aspx?id=685

    BTW, I think the demo is for Debut, which is a 'stripped down' version. I don't know all the differences between Debut and EX but I think Debut lacks the vector tools.

    G.

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