Awesome. Thanks Ink. I'll try that out as soon as I get home. I figured out the starting and closing position bit, although it took me a few tries, and it never dawned on me that it was defaulting to a Japanese layout. The double page thing completely stumped me though, and there's not exactly a ton of online resources for this program yet. Much appreciated!
Yeah, it's a shame it doesn't get the support it deserves.
Might have helped if they had just kept it "Comic Studio", of course. Beating that dead horse never gets old for me... but it still drives me crazy that some marketing wonk didn't have the damn sense to look at this software from an industry-wide perspective.
^ Right on, Inkthinker. The more I use it, the more I really love Manga Studio. But it's kinda' niche and I fear sometimes that it'll get discontinued (it's already been bought by another company recently).
It's a great general drawing program and should be marketed as such.
Yeah, it's really an excellent little program. It's not the most intuitive software, but I find it much more naturalistic and easier to draw with than Photoshop.
Not to mention it's $50 for the debut version, which is pretty much a steal in the overpriced world of art software.
I just got version 4 and it seems to fix the majority of the quirks version 3 had.
^ I didn't even realize that was out! I'm always afraid to upgrade. Do you recommend it Dash? Anything stand out?
EDIT: Son of #^&%. The upgrade is Widows only.
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Ugh. Looks like I'm out of luck. The double page spread option appears to be EX only, not Debut...
I just saw that 4 was out.... cheap to upgrade, too, relatively speaking ($129 to upgrade from EX3 to EX4).
Tempting, very tempting. Yeah, Dash, give us the rundown. What's so hot about the new version? I see on their site they got a wrap transform? Is it like the CS transform now, then? How's the painting?
manga studio 4
I just thought I'd chime in on this, I just got 4 ex. I think the new things that they added are worth the upgrade; I had 3 ex and to me this is what 3 should have been. The warp is just like cs4, it's really easy to use if you're familiar with any of the adobe suite. The sketching/drawing in it feels a lot more natural, I tried going back to Photoshop for a quick sketch, but I couldn't do it. They also have a bunch of new rulers and things, such as perspective and basically a french curve; they may have been in 3, but I never took the time to find them lol. From what I can tell, the color is going to be good for flatting, but for me, I am going to stick to ps for full-on coloring/painting.
In all honesty, if you're striving to be a comics artist, I'd pick this up. This is essentially the do-it-all program for us. Not only because of the sketching/drawing abilities, I also laid out a 8 page story for Downshift complete with panels in a span of 5 minutes. I recommend it
What I like about 4 is the addition of inches,opening a second window doesn't open up in the full width of the progra, and there's import/export of .tif's.
The fact it doesn't lose preassure sensitivity on my Vista laptop when I undo is a plus, too.
i still need to try inking and coloring with it.