Manga Studio EX 4
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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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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.
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 featuresManga 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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Before buying this product I was debating whether to get Photoshop (or whatever they call it now in 2016) but I see they have moved to some sort of subscription model? Yeah...no. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Chelsie Jamerson
I love it well enough. :) I got it even though it's an older program for my Modbook (1st generation) because newer editions weren't compatible with it. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Jessi Baker
This is absurdly worth the money for even a few of the incidental features that come with it; and that's not even counting the painting tools. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Voon
You get what you pay for. Very simple to use. It's straightforward and easy. It gets the job done and that's all that's needed to be said.Published 27 days ago by Maria D.
Helps me with so little knowledge of drawing but have always wanted to. To all you out there that can you are great.Published 28 days ago by Amazon Customer
Product is SOOOOO outdated as to be useless. Couldn't even install it without tech support o how to install a work around. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This software is very impressive. A little outdated, but it's worth getting so many awesome features to create any type of manga or comicPublished 1 month ago by Cathy Walsh
I don't work we'll and was too overdone and complicated to usedPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer