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Manga Studio EX 4

by Smith Micro Software Inc.
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  • Manga Studio EX 4 is full of powerful, cutting edge features for Manga and Comic artists:
  • Thousands of screen tones, professional coloring tools, advanced vector tools and image filters, and more
  • Resize with no loss in quality by converting your bitmap drawings to resolution-independent vector images
  • Draw naturally with a pen tablet and recreate the sensation of drawing on paper offering an incredibly natural drawing experience
  • Export from Manga Studio EX 4 to a wide variety of Mac and Windows formats such as BMP, JPEG, PNG, PSD, TGA, EPS, TIFF, PDF and PICT
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Platform: PC/Mac Disc
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B001NK18FM
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.5 x 1.5 inches ; 3.5 ounces
  • Media: Software
  • Release Date: December 22, 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #472 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

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Platform: PC/Mac Disc

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Manga Studio EX 4.0 delivers powerful, cutting edge features for Manga and Comic artists alike. Manga Studio EX 4.0 offers thousands of screen tones, professional coloring tools, built in 2DLT and 3DLT rendering capabilities, advanced vector tools and image filters. Manga Studio EX is the leading comic software worldwide, making it the ideal tool for professional Comic and Manga artists.

Industry standard, intuitive user interface. Click to enlarge.

Manga Studio EX 4.0 offers more versatility and flexibility than any other application when creating manga and comics. Click to enlarge.

Access over 3,000 screen tones to add dimension, depth, and character to your artwork. Click to enlarge.

Customize your projects with a large collection of special effects and features. Click to enlarge.

Choose from an abundance of preset colors or create your own colors and custom color sets. The possibilities are endless! Click to enlarge.

Manga Studio EX 4.0 consists of a suite of advanced creative filters. Click to enlarge.

Choose from large library of built-in word balloons and enter and edit the text for your entire story using the Story Editor in Manga Studio EX. Click to enlarge.

The 2DLT Rendering function in Manga Studio EX allows you to convert images into customizable screen tones with just one mouse click. Click to enlarge.

Use the 3D Line and Tone Rendering feature to convert 3D objects to backgrounds and props for your comics. Click to enlarge.

Save time and increase your productivity with customizable Manga Studio tool palettes. Click to enlarge.

The leading comic and manga creation software worldwide.

  • Choose from over 3,000 screen tones or create your own.

  • Resize with no loss in quality by converting your bitmap drawings to resolution-independent vector images.

  • Export to a wide variety of formats such as BMP, JPEG, PNG, PSD, TGA, EPS (monochrome only), TIFF, PDF and PICT (Mac only).

  • Draw naturally with a pen tablet and recreate the sensation of drawing on paper offering an incredibly natural drawing experience.

  • Simplify your layout and design process with easy to use features such as a variety of built-in rulers that save you time.

  • Color artwork using the integrated tool set enabling you to mix and blend for custom color work.

  • Convert 2D images to line and tone data by using the 2DLT Rendering function.

  • Import 3D objects and easily transform them into tone and line drawings by using the 3DLT Rendering function.

  • Add speed line and focus line effects in seconds to express motion or moods.

  • Work with precision using unlimited layers.

  • Select from a suite of advanced filters to quickly apply distortions and special effects to your artwork.

New and Updated features

Manga Studio EX 4.0 allows you to create professional, ready to publish manga and comics.

NEW! Professional Color Set
Choose from literally millions of colors and create your own color sets. Includes dodge, burn and color blend tools.

UPDATED! Additional Word Balloons
Add word balloons with ease by dragging and dropping any of almost one hundred preset editable word balloons. Freely adjust the font, size, style and spacing of the text and add a curved or straight tail.

NEW! Vector Toolkit
Speed up production using the built-in vector tools such as "Show Center Line" which makes spotting trouble areas in need of smoothing, a breeze.

UPDATED! Additional 3D Objects
Manga Studio EX comes with over 550 built-in 3D Objects. Quickly, position, rotate and adjust them on your page. Convert them to line and tone data and use them as backgrounds and props for your drawings.

NEW! Professional Filter Set
Manga Studio EX now offers a suite of advanced creative filters. Quickly distort images, adjust hue and saturation, or add rain and sparkle effects to your artwork.

UPDATED! More export formats
In addition to the existing BMP, JPEG, PNG, PSD and TGA formats, Manga Studio EX 4.0 now offers the ability to export your artwork as TIFF, EPS (monochrome only), PDF and PICT (Mac only) formats.

NEW! Story Editor
Enter and edit the text for your entire story and distribute across pages using the Story Editor in Manga Studio EX.

NEW! Advanced Text Input
Manga Studio EX now allows you to enter text directly on your page using a standard text tool. You can also quickly add special characters and with support for many characters such as Katakana and Hiragana, Manga Studio EX is better than ever!

NEW! Mesh Transformation
Use the Mesh Transform tool to modify screen tones to better showcase clothing textures by giving them a wrapping appearance.

NEW! Special Rulers
Choose from a variety of rulers, including symmetry rulers, radial line rulers and concentric circle rulers that speed up production.

UPDATED! Extra Pattern Brushes
Choose from 80+ customizable pattern brushes. Adjust the size, color and angle quickly using the sliders to create an almost unlimited number of unique effects.

Note: Register your product within 30 days of purchase and receive the Manga Studio EX Content pack valued at $39.99 for free. This package includes 20 3D models, over 100 background templates and over 100 Power templates. Information regarding registration and how to redeem your content pack are included with your purchase.

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System Requirements
Windows: Windows 7, XP Home Edition (Service Pack 2), Windows XP Professional (Service Pack 2) , Windows XP Tablet PC Edition, Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Ultimate., [XP] Intel Pentium Processor or AMD Processor 500MHz or higher (1.0GHz and more is preferred.); [Vista] Intel Pentium Processor or AMD Processor 800MHz or higher (2.0GHz and more is preferred.), [XP] 256MB RAM minimum (512 MB or more recommended); [Vista] 512MB RAM minimum (1.0 GB RAM or more recommended.), 1.1 GB or more disk space (1.7 GB or more recommended), XGA (1,024 x 768), SXGA (1,280 x 1,024) 16-bit color display, Pen Tablet (recommended): Wacom Bamboo, Graphire, Intuos, Cintiq, PL series etc., Printer (optional): 600 dpi or 1,200 dpi laser printer recommended, Scanner (optional): TWAIN 32 compatible, and CD-ROM Drive.

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112 of 113 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! April 27, 2010
By J. Chan
Platform for Display:PC/Mac Disc|Verified Purchase
I work as a graphic designer for a living, and my typical tools of the trade are illustrator and flash. I've also used photoshop and opencanvas, opencanvas being my usual tool for digital painting. Being that I'm always drawing for others, I never have the time to do any drawing for myself, which includes figure drawing. If I happened to have the extra time to spend on drawing for myself, that time was spent sketching the figure and inking it, which took many hours and usually resulted in me never getting around to getting past the sketch phase.

BUT this program, I've discovered, is a MASSIVE time saver. If I don't want to sketch out a figure (laziness)or am struggling with a perspective, all I have to do is use the 3d model option in this program, tweak it as I please, and then trace over it (for people who aren't used to working in 3d, it may be somewhat frustrating at first to pose a figure yourself. For beginners, the program comes with many preset poses). Of course you won't find any sort of muscle tone on the 3d models (aside from a few arms and legs that cannot be posed), and the anatomy is pretty much anime, so if you want a realistic figure you need to know a thing or two about anatomy. Draw just anime? I's already poifect!

Using a 3d model as an aid, I was able to sketch out an accurate figure in under a half hour. It ordinarily might have taken me two or three hours with constant erasing, considering the difficult perspective I was using. You can also tweak your light source, which aids in shading while using weird perspectives.

And then of course the inking tools are AMAZING! The strokes produced are absolutely beautiful, look real, and it auto corrects, too, which is great if you don't have a very steady hand. This results in very little erasing.
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58 of 60 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Exceptionally good software February 25, 2010
Platform for Display:PC/Mac Disc
This is really terrific stuff. I was impressed by EX3 but this new release blows that out of the water. EX4 is exceptionally feature-rish and powerful.

My only one complaint - that cost it from getting 5-stars (for me anyway) - was the situation with the Manual. Using this software is bordering on taking a University course and to expect us to traverse the package via a PDF manual is ludicrous.

I shot off the PDF Manual to Kinkos and had a double-sided, laser color copy made made within a few hours. And yes, of course that then cost me MORE than I paid for the software itself (the manual is hundreds of pages long) but I have no regrets whatsoever. No books on Manga Studio that I could see - unlike Smith Micro's other packages such as POSER and Anime Studio, which I also own.

Classy, solid software that performs.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Product November 27, 2009
By Rennim
Platform for Display:PC/Mac Disc
This is "better" version from Manga Studio Debut 4. It has more features and is much more professional. Although the price is quite steep if you're serious about art and creating authentic looking manga this is the best tool. Even if its not for a manga, the built in patterns and different pens and brushes is worth the price. It's better than Photoshop because its not at all complicated to understand, but more complicated than Open Canvas, Corel Painter and SAI.
However if you can speak Japanese or is willing to wait for the English version - I recommend IllustStudio. From the same creators but with more tools and 3D imaging added. It's like SAI mixed with Photoshop and Poser. It's a lot less expensive BUT it is geared more towards regular artists rather than mangakas.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressed. Solid product that makes it easy to draw. October 31, 2010
By Steve S
Platform for Display:PC/Mac Disc|Verified Purchase
I was skeptical that this would provide any value beyond Photoshop, as a drawing tool. However, I am pleasantly surprised. There are a number of features that make this quicker and easier to use Photoshop, and some that I just can't find in Photoshop. I find that they make it easier to create art. You don't need to know the in depth underpinnings of Photoshop to get something done.
For example: Page definitions are pre-set up for you. Adding a page to a manga is just a click. A Simple click to change from pencil drawing to ink mode or coloring mode. (although Photoshop has better coloring tools.) Simple drag screen tones to your selection.
Here's a really great idea: Simply drag a preset manga panel layouts to your page. Each panel on the page is set up like a layers folder and auto-clips anything you draw in the layers underneath. It doesn't prevent you from drawing outside the panel, it just auto-clips the final version of what you see.
Another that I find saves me so much time. A simple selection tool transparent pop-up when you make a selection. It lets you easily move, cut, copy, clear the selection without using the keyboard. So instead of crazy ambidextrous maneuvers of keyboard and pen, its right there on the screen for you, just a pen-flick away.
Another that I found I love is the ruler. It's like taking a ruler to a piece of paper and inking those lines that need to be crisp and perfect. It just makes a little more intuitive sense than vector drawing, and frankly is easier to use.
The last feature that I love, because i'm not a great artist, is the auto-correct feature. Turn up the correction modifier as you ink and it straightens out the jitter of you hand as you ink those curves. All of the sudden you have a rock-steady hand on a crazy jittery pen-tablet.
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Published 21 days ago by Paul D. Race
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 25 days ago by travis duarte
3.0 out of 5 stars It's really for good for drawing tablet users but I wished there was...
It's really for good for drawing tablet users but I wished there was updated guide book to show how to use this version of manga studio. Great price if you can afford photoshop.
Published 25 days ago by Ocean
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for digital artists
Have used every software for digital art in existence. This is the best for line art ever. For coloring I do export and use painter, but for roughs and inks it is the best. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Stephen W. Hippleheuser
5.0 out of 5 stars For the price this software does a lot
For the price, this software does a lot. It works for beginners to more advanced. We bought a separate drawing tablet to use with it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sunshine on A Rainy Day
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it.
Manga Studio was something I needed to help start my Manga career, and I still use it today for everything I draw on my computer. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Yuna Valentine
4.0 out of 5 stars comic book creation software
Ex 4 has a lot of good art creation software to work with, while I have only just begun trying to learn it I can still see the potential. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Don Wigboldy
5.0 out of 5 stars More than Just a Comic Book Maker
The Cons (Because I'm a pessimist):

-Sometimes the paintbrush tool runs a little slow [and my computer isn't slow]
-Sometimes the tones load a little slow
-If... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Zoe' Bennett
1.0 out of 5 stars I Had High Hopes
This keeps crashing when I try to open it to install. After I drag it to the application folder, I go to that folder and click the install icon. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Chavs
3.0 out of 5 stars -
Bought it a few years ago, used it once, and havn't since. It seems really nice, but had trouble figuring out most of it and seems like it'd be a lot more useful if I had a tablet... Read more
Published 9 months ago by S. McNamara
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