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Manga Studio For Dummies [Kindle Edition]

Doug Hills
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Book Description

Love Manga? The newest features of Manga Studio help you bring your ideas to life! The tools available in the latest version of this powerful program make it easy to turn your computer into your drawing board, and Manga Studio For Dummies makes it easy to get started.

Discover how to use Manga Studio to begin creating comics in manga or Western styles, add color to your creations, and share them with your adoring public. It’s a breeze once you know your way around the program. Manga may have begun in Japan, but Manga Studio For Dummies is written in plain English, and shows you how to:

  • Build and use page templates
  • Rough in your comic with penciling techniques
  • Work 100% digital, or use a combination of digital and traditional tools if you prefer
  • Work with layers, rulers, and panels
  • Add speech bubbles and sound effects text
  • Ink your work and add tones
  • Prepare your creations for print or distribution on the Web

Written by a working digital artist, Manga Studio For Dummies covers both Manga Studio Debut and EX versions. As an added bonus, it even gives you a peek into the world of manga and comics in general. With the help of Manga Studio For Dummies, you just might find yourself among the comic artists whose work populates the Web and gathers thousands of fans!

Note: The Kindle edition of this book does not include any CDs or DVDs.

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From the Back Cover

Covers both Manga Studio Debut and EX versions

Use the newest features of Manga Studio to bring your ideas to life

Manga is magnificent, and with the tools available in the latest version of Manga Studio, it's easy to turn your computer into your drawing board. Here's the fun and easy way® to begin creating comics in manga or Western styles, add color to your creations, and share them with your adoring public.

Discover how to:

  • Build and use page templates

  • Rough in your comic with penciling techniques

  • Work with layers, rulers, and panels

  • Add speech bubbles and sound effects text

  • Ink your work and add tones

About the Author

Doug Hills has been drawing ever since high school. Originally influenced by the superhero comics of the early- to mid-1990s, his style has adapted towards his other favorite genre: manga. Learning and studying techniques from both the East and West, he’s constantly striving to create a style that can truly be called his own.
In recent years, he has taken that love and desire for comics onto the Internet with two webcomics: Place Name Here and Chibi Cheerleaders From Outer Space, which he works on with his wife, Stacey. His webcomic work led him to Ten Ton Studios, where he worked on a story for their book, Anthologica, and eventually became a member of the group.

Product Details

  • File Size: 5047 KB
  • Print Length: 450 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0470129867
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (June 17, 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001B8NW5U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #462,823 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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120 of 122 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Obsolete for MangaStudio 4 July 20, 2009
Presumably this text was published before the release of MangaStudio 4. Consequently, there are way too many illustrations of dialog boxes that no longer exist, and way too many step-by-step guides that are no longer valid. Terms and labels in the book don't match the software.

There was no disclaimer in the description that specified this critical shortcoming.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks Doug, I needed that! January 11, 2008
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Whether you have the intro version of Manga Studio or the Pro version (EX), you will enjoy having this book handy. The cheat sheet alone is worth it..! ~8) As with all the Dummies volumes I possess the editorial staff has done a good job of helping the author outline and bring to clear focus the elements most needed to provide you with the answers to 'those mind numbing puzzles' we who enjoy such things as beating our heads into our keyboard at times, come across in our search to produce the 'COMIC of all comics'... I learned of this book on the Content Paradise Forum, having purchased a couple of e-frontiers products and desiring more input from fellow users of the Manga Studio software. It is only from those that have been working with the software for a bit that you get the nuances that are not normally shown face up,.. and thankfully, Doug had help from others like 'pencilkiller' as well with the main info. Get this book if you have Manga Studio (the debut version or the pro) or even if you are thinking of getting MS! Get this book, it will give you a HUGE head start. Good Job Doug!
One P.S. This software is NOT just for comix! It can be used for book illustration, architectural illustration, and commercial graphics (even logo design!) in combination with other graphics softwares such as PhotoShop or the GIMP, etc., so this book is invaluable in unlocking the 'keys to the kingdom' (so-to-speak)!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good book, but pace felt rushed. May 5, 2008

I have just recently acquired Manga Studio Debut, since I'm running Leopard on my Mac, I can't use Manga Studio EX. In attempting to learn the software more quickly, I picked up a copy of Manga Studio for Dummies. I've had really good luck with Dummies books in the past, so this book got my first try.

First Impressions:

My first impression of the book was that it felt rushed. It tries to cover a good number of topics about the software package, but doesn't really go into depth about any particular feature. In several cases, there is one paragraph that goes over several features, without a good demonstration of the features being covered. Given the fact that this book was a dummies book, I had expected a more grounds up approach. I didn't find that. The approach of the book is really more along the lines of: if you've worked with another graphics editing package, like Photoshop, Illustrator, etc. then use what you already know and here are some of the characteristics of this software that differs.

It's not a bad book, it just did not fulfill the task that I had thought it would.

Issues With The Book:

The legends. Or more specifically, the differentiation between EX features and Debut features. The book is in black and white. The legend indicates that EX features are in grey. I went through the book and only with some effort, was I able to see where the feature sets and coverage for one package and another one began and end. For someone using Manga Studio EX, this isn't a problem. For someone who is using Debut... it downright sucks.


If you are looking for a Manga Studio book for the copy of Manga Studio you just got, this is, at this time, the only English offering out there.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Go digital with Manga Studio January 19, 2008
If you are new to the Manga comic craze or an experienced Manga artist, this book by Doug Hills will show you how easy it is to go digital with Manga Studio. Hills started creating comics by traditional methods and converted to digital over the span of several years. After experimenting with different graphics programs, he finally decided that Manga Studio met his needs the most. He now shares his knowledge of the software as well as some hard-earned experiences gained along the way. He not only has written Manga Studio for Dummies as a training guide for Manga Studio Debut and EX but he also teaches more general information such as comic terminology and storytelling techniques.

For the beginners, Hills starts with the basics of Manga Studio such as the workspace, toolbars and palettes and points out how they differ from their counterparts in other graphics programs. Next, he covers scanning methods for getting your hand-drawn roughs into Manga Studio and how a pen and tablet can be your best friend. The third chapter is a quick-start guide that covers just enough information for you to create your first page in Manga Studio. You learn the basics of the Pencil tool for digitally drawing your roughs and then move on to the Pen, Marker and Fill tools for inking your art. Finally, you learn the Airbrush and Pattern Brush tools and techniques for adding screentones.

Once you are familiar with the basic techniques, Hills dedicates the next chapters to covering each major feature of the software in more detail. If you have used any graphics software, you will probably be familiar with most of the tools and their names. But Hills discusses how each digital tool takes on different characteristics specific to Manga Studio.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great for beginners and advanced professionals!
Published 10 days ago by Dan F. Merrill
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great Product. Function and fit as described. Delivered promptly as promised.
Published 2 months ago by Dr. Robert S. Hoover
1.0 out of 5 stars Obsolete.
NOWHERE in the product information does it mention that this book was written for an older-than-current version of Manga Studio. Read more
Published 4 months ago by D. Sacerdote
1.0 out of 5 stars Completely out of date, and nowhere on the advertised ...
Completely out of date, and nowhere on the advertised material does it mention that this is designed for version 4. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Kai Lynk
2.0 out of 5 stars to Confuse Dummies
The Dummy Series has hit the brick's barely a reference manual...use You Tube.
Published 6 months ago by RWM2
1.0 out of 5 stars obsolete book!
this book is for the first version of manga studio. the windows in manga studio 5 are not the same as in this book. Read more
Published 8 months ago by greatcakerapper
5.0 out of 5 stars simple to understand
Made for people like me who cannot do a thing computer wise and want to learn the program from the ground up.
Published 11 months ago by Jimmy Palmiotti
2.0 out of 5 stars For dummies authors paid by the word?
Like all "for dummies" books I suspect the authors are paid by the word, so rather than be efficient in their teaching they wax on about their personal experiences and... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Keaton Kohl
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Informative!!
Manga Studio was very new to me, and I was struggling to gain a grip on how to use it properly. The "For Dummies" tips and secrets along with the easy to follow... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Ricky Killingsworth
5.0 out of 5 stars Great just what I needed
It is very good and it is just what I needed to help me or should I say assist me with using this program for my personal use.
Published 14 months ago by Alvin Lewis
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