Professional Manga: Digital Storytelling with Manga Studio EX

Professional Manga: Digital Storytelling with Manga Studio EX

Steve Horton

Language: English

Pages: 256

ISBN: 0240810287

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Combine high-end manga storytelling theory and advice with the tools for digital creation in Manga Studio, guided by expert professional manga-ka.

You'll discover manga storytelling techniques, from speed lines to technology, from toning to big sound effects. Steve Horton and Jeong Mo Yang then show you how best to accomplish these techniques using the leading manga art creation program, Manga Studio EX. Every ounce of theory is backed up with step-by-step manga illustrations and Manga Studio screenshots that show how these illustrations were created.

See the techniques in action in The Other Side of the Tracks, a new manga short story in the book centerfold which demonstrates at least one example from every technique described. You can also follow the continuing story as a webmanga available at

And there's more! The companion CD includes trial version of Manga Studio EX along with high-resolution image files from the book.

Smith Micro has also included a coupon for $100 off the full version of Manga Studio EX.

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them yourself based on TokyoPop’s measurements. (All of the Other Side of the Tracks art at the center of this book is drawn using TokyoPop measurements.) Note that this is considered 1.5ϫ TokyoPop’s standard size. After the pencil and ink stage, TokyoPop requires the art be reduced to standard size for toning and lettering. That standard size is 114 mm ϫ 176 mm safety zone, 127 mm ϫ 189 mm trim and 133 mm ϫ 195 mm bleed. Of course, you can always do the entire process at standard size, but

the “safety zone”.) Finally, put .166 for Bleed Width to create the correct bleed size. ONE VS. MULTIPLE VOLUMES Before even starting on your manga, you may want to consider whether you believe the story will span multiple volumes. TokyoPop, when pitching at the professional, non-contest level, –bon at around 180 asks you to outline your story as a three-volume series. That’s three tanko pages each, for a total of 540 pages of story! That’s a lot of room to tell a manga story and make it as epic

that you know you’ll be able to hit. Be realistic, especially if this is your first 180-page manga. Remember to account for break time and time to recover if you get sick or other problems arise. Once all the negotiation is played out, the publisher will present a contract to you and your agent. If you’re part of a team, the publisher will either have you all as co-authors, or one person will be the main author and the other creators will be work-for-hire for them. These subcontracts are put

Open the Layer Properties window if it’s not already open. Open the tones tab at the top of the window. This will allow you to make changes to the tone type. Change the angle to “90” in the View Settings and increase Repeat Size so the gradient takes up the entire page. Once you are done, click OK. 32 CHAPTER 3 Shading and Textures Step 07 We only want the background tone to be the background and not cover the entire page, so we need to hide the background gradient layer by clicking the eye

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