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Getting Started with Manga Studio - Using Screen Tones

This tutorial provides a very brief step-by-step walkthrough of a few of Manga Studio's features.Getting Started with Manga Studio 3.0

This section provides a very brief step-by-step walkthrough of a few of Manga Studio's features. Before beginning be sure that Manga Studio is installed on your computer. After running Manga Studio the first thing you will need to do is to create a new Page or Story Layout. To create a single page layout, choose File > New > Page.

Select the Page Templates tab, and click OK to use the default size A4 page size.

The Page window appears showing a blank page, as well as several other palettes. You will notice that Manga Studio 3.0 has a standard user interface similar to other paint programs, with a Tools Palette on the left and a Layers Palette on the right. To show or hide a palette, select it from the Window Menu.

To navigate around the Page Window, use the Hand Tool:

To zoom in, click an area of the page with the Zoom Tool. Hold Alt (Win) or Command (Mac) while using the Zoom tool to zoom out.

Start drawing a rough sketch with the Pencil tool, located centrally in the Tools palette. Although a graphics tablet is not absolutely required for using Manga Studio, you'll want to use one if you decide to do any significant amount of drawing in the program.

The next step after making a rough sketch is to ink your drawing. It is best to create a new layer each time you begin a new piece of your drawing or a new step in the drawing process. Text and Tone layers are created automatically when adding text or tones, but most other layers need to be added explicitly.

To create a new layer for inking, select Layer menu > New Layer. A dialog opens asking you to enter a name for the new layer and choose the layer type.

Raster layers are appropriate for sketches and ink drawings, so after entering a name for the new layer click OK to accept the default Raster layer settings. The name of your new layer appears in the Layers Palette and is highlighted to show that it is selected.

Select the Pen Tool from the Tools Palette for inking your drawing:

If you make a mistake, simply use the Eraser Tool from the Tools Palette. To change the width of the Eraser or any other tool, right click it in the Tools Palette and select a different width.

Once you have an inked drawing you are satisfied with, it's time to add tones. First select the area of your drawing you wish to tone using the Lasso Selection Tool:

If the Lasso Tool (pictured above-left) is not visible on the Tools Palette, right-click the Polyline Marquee Tool (pictured above-right) to display a context menu allowing you to select the Lasso Tool.

Now trace the area you wish to tone. A marquee line shows the selected area.

In the Tone Palette, browse through the folders to find an appropriate tone. Click and drag a tone to the drawing area to paste it onto the selected area.

If the pattern of pasted tone is too small or too large, it may be necessary to change the scale of the tone. To do so, click the Tones tab in the Layer Properties Palette and adjust the Scale value in the lower half of the palette. Click OK to apply the change.

Before editing other areas of your drawing, clear the selection by choosing Selection menu > Clear Selection.

Tones will give life to your drawing, adding a sense of depth and lighting. Notice the difference in the image on the right after a simple 10% graytone and black fill have been used to show color and shadows.

Next we add a pattern tone to her dress, a dot pattern tone behind her to give a shadow effect, and some final shading touches to the chair.