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Manga Studio 5

by Smith Micro Software Inc.
Windows 7, Mac OS X
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (226 customer reviews) 75 answered questions

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Product Features

  • Add power and flexibility to your design process. Specifically designed for professionals, Manga Studio combines a multitude of cutting-edge features that makes it the most powerful manga and comic drawing tool in the market.
  • Save valuable time and effort. Speed up your workflow! With Manga Studio?s powerful feature set and intuitive, standard interface, you will quickly create and enhance your comic projects faster than if created by hand.
  • Create professional level art from start to finish. Designed specifically for illustrating manga and comic art, Manga Studio?s specialized features provide a complete solution for creating standard black and white manga and comics.
  • Draw naturally with a Tablet - Sketch, scan or import your inked artwork directly. Create original sketches using your mouse or draw naturally with a Pen Tablet.
  • Screen tones & Patterns - Screen tones add dimension, depth and character to your artwork. Choose from tones of screen tones in Manga Studio.

System Requirements

  • Platform:    Windows 7, Mac OS X
  • Media: DVD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

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Manga Studio 5 + Wacom Intuos Pen and Touch Small Tablet
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.2 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00ANH074Y
  • Item model number: ALA31002327
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: December 11, 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (226 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Product Description

Manga Studio, The #1 Comic & Manga Software Worldwide, is the most efficient and advanced all-in-one solution for drawing, laying out, illustrating and publishing manga and comics.

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Manga Studio 5
Manga Studio 5
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The #1 comic and manga software worldwide

Manga Studio 5 is your all-in-one solution for stunning, ready-to-publish manga and comics. Quickly and easily create manga and comics with Manga Studio’s drawing tools, filters and special effects. Get started immediately with the intuitive user interface. Draw naturally with a Pen Tablet and Invigorate your artwork using the integrated color features. Express motion and moods with speed lines and focus lines while adding dialog with built-in word balloons. Choose from tons of screen tones and add dimension to your drawings. Manga Studio helps you create professional manga and comics from start to finish!


Amazing New Effects and Tools - Amazing updates to Manga Studio make it comparable to other popular graphic applications such as Photoshop and Painter. Manga Studio 5 provides several advancements over Manga Studio 4 to help you create a much more professional and polished look.


Set up a Personal Work Flow - Manga Studio 5 was written with artists' workflow at the very top of the priority list. All of the most used tools - pens, pencils, erasers, rulers, pattern brushes and selection tools are all right at your fingertips. Customize your own brush shapes, canvas textures, paint expressions and more and then save those as your personal settings.

Power Coloring Tools
Power Coloring Tools
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Color your Artwork - Manga Studio is your all in one manga and comic creation solution. Save time and money by no longer having to use other applications to professionally color your artwork.

More Power and Control
More Power and Control
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3D Options - New support for 3D objects and figures allows for reference and background materials. Manipulate 3D objects directly on the screen or use preset poses. Drag and Drop other 3D objects on the canvas.

Draw Naturally
Draw Naturally
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Pencil and Ink Options - Manga Studio offers more versatility and flexibility than any other application when creating manga and comics. Create original sketches using your mouse or draw naturally with a Pen Tablet. Use scans of your existing paper artwork or import images or photos for use in your manga and comic creations.

Maximum Flexibility
Maximum Flexibility
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Vector Toolkit - Speed up production using the built-in vector tools. Ability to view the centerline of vectors makes spotting trouble areas in need of smoothing a breeze

Simulate Real Brushes
Simulate Real Brushes
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Paint Brushes Created Just the Way You Like - New dedicated air brush allows you to have multiple air brush effects. Use the tone brush to create a wider array of visual effects. Easily create and share your own brush pattern as well.

Reuse your Artwork
Reuse your Artwork
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Import Your Manga Studio 4 Page Files - Manga Studio 5 allows you to import your Manga Studio 4 Debut and 4 EX .CPG page files.

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
112 of 118 people found the following review helpful
By Eric
Manga Studio is simply the best drawing software on the market. After using Photoshop for more than twenty years, it was surprising to find how much better MS5 is for hand drawn tablet art.

I was comfortable using Photoshop and it took me a long time to come around to using Manga Studio because at face value I couldn't see how much of a difference there would be between using one over the other. I was completely wrong. Without trying it for yourself it's hard to express how much more efficient and advanced Manga Studio is for the digital drawing artist compared to Photoshop when it comes to creating hand drawn illustration. Everything in this program has been made specifically for the drawing/painting digital artist, and the interface is so much faster than any other program.

The first thing that got my attention about Manga Studio and will be of particular interest for the beginning digital artist is the line drawing stabalization feature. So what does this mean? It means that you can have the program straighten the little squiggles of your wrist as you are drawing so that every line and curve you draw looks perfect, and it does it as you draw. Most of the time you really don't need to set this very high, but it allows you to really bust out a drawing and not have to focus so much on how steady your hand is, which isn't always easy when you using a tablet.

I STRONGLY RECOMMEND YOU LEARN THE 3D TOOLS. I can't tell you how powerful this can be when setting up complex scenes and perspective shots. There is a learning curve, but it's not as tough as you might think. I use the free models available from the Sketchup warehouse whenever I need machinery, cars, military or specific landmark buildings etc.
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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth every dollar spent February 10, 2013
By Meruri
Manga Studio 5 has become a complete replacement of Photoshop except for when I'm vectoring.

If you're a student, I recommend that you go to their student discount to get around 40% off. Go to Smith Micro Campus Store, if Manga Studio 5 is not listed, just add one of the student discounts to your cart. Then go to add Manga Studio 5 to your cart and remove the thing you added previously from the cart.

The GUI has completely changed and is more intuitive that Manga Studio 4's interface.

Notable features
- Sharp inking with anti-alias (if you recall, in Manga Studio 4, the inking looked too sharp)
- Stabilizing, your pen strokes are automatically smoothed out if you have shaky hands.
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44 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic New Version January 8, 2013
By Erik M
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As an illustrator I've always steered clear of older versions of Manga Studio due to the odd interface, lack of painting features and primary focus on inking (although it's always done that really well). But Manga Studio 5 is a really nice re-design to the software. The interface is now more in line with common industry tool and panel workspaces, plus they added really nice new coloring and painting features. You can most certainly still do comic pages, but now there's more value in the software for other skills sets.

The brush engine is top-notch and the pressure sensitivity with a Wacom tablet is aces. Drawing and painting is lag-free and a delight (the software does have 64-bit and multi-core support). Some of the new painting modes allow for color mixing right on the canvas much in the same way that Painter would. I love the 3D pose materials - when a particular drawing doesn't feel right, bring in a 3D model, adjust the figure to the pose that you need for your drawing reference, add a new layer and draw. The software really feels like a blend between Painter and Sketchbook Pro. This is not photo editing or compositing software - you definitely won't want the software unless you digitally draw and paint.

One small word of warning though for those who have the newer Macbook Pros - the software is not Retina display ready and does look pixelated when using the display at higher resolutions. Hopefully that'll be addressed in a future update.
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33 of 39 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Software, But Critical Glitches May 5, 2013
By Daniel
Format:DVD-ROM|Verified Purchase
Smith Micro software is usually fairly easy to use and gets the job done. This is no exception.

Of course, one flaw most of Smith Micro's software has is its glitch with Wacom Cintiqs. On both Anime Studio and Manga Studio 5, the software inexplicably zooms into the canvas, making it impossible to do anything. This could be solved in the preferences by switching the tablet compatibility from WINTAB to the 'exterior screen' bubble, however the program errors and disables the option. Smith Micro suggests it's the Cintiq drivers fault. It's not. It's their software and I hope they update it soon.

Otherwise, great product!
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