Window Seat – Manga Studio Brushes

I’ve been struggling for about a week now with the inking brushes in Manga Studio. There’s so much I love about the program, especially the perspective rulers (which you can pry from my cold dead hands), but I’ve had a terrible time using the program’s out-of-the-box brushes. I could SORT OF use them, but the results were always erratic. Half the time a brush or pen would behave the way I expected, and the other half of the time it was like trying to ride a really pissed off horse. The results didn’t really look bad, but they didn’t look great, either. That said, yesterday I stumbled across this guy’s post, and it was a lifesaver.

Here’s a panel from a project I’ve been working on (I wish I’d thought to save a “before I adjusted the brush settings” version, because the difference is pretty dramatic. Oh well, I guess you’ll just have to trust me). I finally feel like what I’m producing looks like MY inking, not MangaStudio’s.

Also, thanks to my friend Karen luk for the head’s up about MS 5. I’m biting my fingernails down to the quick waiting for the EX release! Can’t wait to get my hands on that version.

Manga Studio Pencils

The first page of the short comic I’m working on in Manga Studio EX 4. I’ve been using the pen tool for sketching, as opposed to the pencil tool – I just like the feel of the pen tool more. I love being able to work on different layers! Each layer is assigned its own pen color, which makes it really easy to remember what’s on which layer.

Me and My Kindle: Page 1 - Pencils