Manga Studio Debut 4 (Win/Mac)
- Manga Studio Debut 4 is an all-in-one solution for stunning, ready-to-publish manga and comics
- Sketch original art with a mouse or tablet, scan in existing art, or import artwork or graphics to get started
- Invigorate your artwork using color, express motion using speed lines, apply dimension with screen tones and add dialog through built-in word balloons
- Export professional quality manga from Manga Studio Debut 4 to various Mac and Windows file formats such as JPG, BMP, PSD, TGA, PNG, TIFF and PICT
- Dynamic help offers instant access to information about tool palettes and menu options--getting started has never been easier
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Manga Studio Debut 4 is your all-in-one solution for stunning ready-to-publish manga and ics. Quickly and easily create manga and ics with Manga Studio's drawing tools filters and special effects. Get started immediately using dynamic help and the Beginner's Assistant. Draw naturally with a pen tablet and bring your artwork to life using the integrated color set. Express motion and moods with speed lines and focus lines while adding dialog with built-in word balloons. Choose from thousands of screen tones and add dimension to your drawings. Manga Studio helps you create professional manga and ics from start to finish!Features:Sketch scan or import your artwork directly into Manga Studio!Includes dynamic help and a Beginner's Assistant that groups together monly used tool palettes.Digital inking: Create panels and ink your drawings with precision.Select from over 2300 professional-grade screen tones to add dimension depth and character to your art.Customize your projects with advanced shading tools and pattern brushes.Choose from over 100 pre-designed word balloons to add dialog to your characters.Add focus and speed line effects in seconds to express motion or moods.Color your Comics and Manga using the integrated color palette.Output high quality Manga and Comics for print or web.Post your Manga and Comics to your blog or social working sites!System Requirements:Windows: XP Home (SP 2) Pro (SP 2) Tablet PC; Vista Home Basic Home Premium Business Ultimate [XP] 500MHz or faster [Vista] 800MHz or faster; [XP] 256 MB RAM [Vista] 512 MB RAM; 1.1 GB hard disk space; XGA (1024 x 768) SXGA (1280 x 1024) 16-bit color display; Pen Tablet (remended) Wa FAVO Bamboo Intuos Cintiq PL series etc.; TWAIN 32 flatbed scanner (optional); CD-ROM Drive. Macintosh: OS X 10.4.11 or higher or OS X 10.5.3 or higher; Intel Processors and PowerPC G5 G4 processor 867MHz or faster; 1 GB RAM; 1.1 GB hard disk space; WXGA (1280 800) SXGA (1280 1024) 24-bit color display
Manga Studio Debut 4.0 is your all-in-one solution for stunning, ready-to-publish manga and comics. Invigorate your artwork using color, express motion using speed lines, apply dimension with screen tones and add dialog through built-in word balloons. Manga Studio helps you create professional manga and comics from start to finish!
Fun, easy to use interface. Click to enlarge.
The Beginner's Assistant groups together commonly used tool palettes. Click to enlarge.
Draw using a suite of familiar tools including pencils, pens, brushes and selection tools. Click to enlarge.
Choose from thousands of screen tones to add dimension and character to your art. Click to enlarge.
Invigorate your artwork using color. Click to enlarge.
Customize your projects with a large collection of special effects and features. Click to enlarge.
Complete artistic control
Sketch original art with a mouse or tablet, scan in existing art, or import artwork or graphics to get started. It's easy with Manga Studio Debut!
Design with attention to detail
Choose from over 2,300 professional-grade screen tones to add dimension, depth and character to your art.
Invigorate your drawings
Easily color and fill your manga or comic using the integrated color set, advanced shading tools, and pattern brushes.
Bring your Characters to Life
Pre-designed word balloons allow you to quickly add dialog to your creations.
Apply special effects
Add focus and speed line effects in seconds to express moods or motion.
Publish your work
Output professional quality manga for print or web in various file formats. Manga Studio Debut exports JPG, BMP, PSD, TGA*, PNG*, TIFF* and PICT* files.
*Mac-only publishing format.
Get fast results
Perform complicated tasks with a single mouse click. Double your productivity by reusing design elements in a flash!
New and Updated FeaturesManga Studio Debut 4.0 provides a fun, straightforward way for you to start creating your own comics today.
New--Beginner's Assistant and dynamic help
With Manga Studio's built-in Beginner's Assistant interface, commonly used tool palettes are grouped together. Dynamic help offers instant access to information about tool palettes and menu options. Getting started has never been easier.
Color your artwork using the integrated color set. Choose from preset colors or create your own and add custom effects to your artwork.
New--Built-in 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--Advanced Text Input
Manga Studio Debut 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 Debut is better than ever!
Updated--More Screen Tones and Patterns
Choose from over 2,300 screen tones, a variety of special effects and comprehensive pen and brush tools, including over 80 customizable pattern brushes. Create and customize virtually unlimited combinations of patterns to create unique effects.
Updated--Additional preset page templates
Choose from over 160 built-in page templates for your page or story, or add your own customized pages and save them as templates.
Note: Register your product within 30 days of purchase and receive the Manga Studio Debut Content pack valued at $19.99 for free. This package includes 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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Manga Studio 4 is for comic artists that want to make simple black and white comic pages with drag-and-drop speech bubbles and dotty comic-style backdrops. It's very helpful, making comics a breeze to create. It has an auto-smoothing inking brush that corrects your linework. However it lacks in the color eyedropper and brush options, the programmer didn't really do much with the painting and color tools. The main focus is inking characters and building frames, speech bubbles and visual sound effects.
If you are searching for a full-color palette, great brushes, and the excellent auto-smoothing ink brush (auto-smoothing is optional!) to use for full illustration and paintings PLUS upgraded comic features that Manga 4 provides. I would highly recommend Clip Studio Paint (aka. Manga Studio 5) which has been updated to be better suited for full-color illustration work. Manga 5's painting tools and brushes are closely related to Paint Tool SAI, but Manga has less picture-altering features than Photoshop.
One of the standard pieces of equipment you might want to add to your wish list is the Wacom Bamboo Create Pen Tablet, an awesome tablet that is hands-on and will make your work come alive. You can sketch with your mouse, but a tablet will give you much more control and will help you work with ease. I'm definitely an amateur, but like the results I see when I'm working with Manga. I have a friend who uses also Manga Studio software and she too likes to experiment and comes up with some very nice work. It's pretty intuitive and the learning curve isn't steep.
The basic attributes of the software are listed on this page, but if you really want to know what you can do, or want to know if can can manage something specific, the best place to head for is YouTube where you can see any number of tutorials. There are some awesome tutorials out there and if you search around you'll find something that suits your needs. For example, you can find anything from creating a script to create your own comic book to working with a tablet. Just make sure you're looking at a video specifically working with Manga Studio Debut 4 and not the EX 4. The software isn't perfect, but once you work with it, you'll be hooked.
So what's Debut missing? Vector drawing. At least with Debut the vector drawing isn't exposed to the user, but EX 4 has the ability to do vector layers and I feel that Debut should actually have vector support available but it doesn't. Debut doesn't have the perspective rulers or advanced kind of manga effects that EX 4 does. I don't care too much for the effects, but the perspective ruler -- being able to layout 2- and 3-point perspective and then draw within that space -- is really useful. If you've ever tried to do perspective drawing, and you might for backgrounds, you'll know that it's time consuming. This difference is just silly: You can only change keyboard shortcuts in Manga Studio EX 4.
So, I do realize it's not the tool that makes the art, it's the artist, and it shouldn't matter what tool I use. I could draw a comic in MS-Paint, GIMP, or Paint.NET, I'm sure it would all just work fine. A lot of the differences I mention between Debut and EX 4 are "nice to haves." At it's core, Debut allows you to do everything you'll need to draw a comic/manga. You can layout an entire comic, pencil it, ink it, and even publish from the software, but I still get a bit of buyer's remorse when I see Debut and EX 4 compared side by side. If you're going for Debut, you may want to think a bit, and spend the extra money and get a fully featured version of Manga Studio. At least you'll know that you have all the software's features available to you.
However, there are a couple of things to look out for... My friend and I have both installed this and there is a couple of technical difficulties surrounding color. Sometimes, even if you select a certain color, it will still appear black and white. We haven't really figured this out. Also, when using the small sub windows to try and pull out bubbles for text, my program will crash. I'm not sure why. I would just use caution when downloading this software, just in case for mess ups like this, but there are other ways to navigate and get the things I need out of this program, so it's not completely unusable or anything.
Overall, it's really good for a really nice price! Just be sure you look at what it has to offer and decide if it's good for you.