Manga Studio 5.0.5
We take a look at Smith Micro’s latest additions and revisions to its comic creation tool
We take a look at Smith Micro’s latest additions and revisions to its capable comic creation tool.
The transform filters are brilliant for psychedelic effects or subtly altering objects
Manga Studio neatly combines a powerful but user-friendly drawing package with essential comic book tools, such as the ability to plan panels and add speech bubbles. While there hasn’t been a full update since our review back in issue 102, publisher Smith Micro has been delivering incremental updates.
The latest brings the software up to version 5.0.5, which is a free update if you have either the standard edition or the more expensive EX version, which has pro features that make it easier to create multiple page comic books. One of the most significant new additions is transform filters, such as pinch, fisheye lens, wave and whirlpool. These will be familiar to users of Photoshop, and are as brilliant for creating psychedelic effects as for subtly altering objects or small parts of an image.
In the EX version the story editor can edit lines in batches rather than one at a time, so that you can get an overview of your whole story and keep everything flowing nicely. This is also perfect for when your writer gets back to you with a grand revision of that story you’re working on. The EX version also adds common binding processes, complete with presets, for when you finally take the finished article to the printers.
Manga-specific introductions have included LT conversion of layers, which results in the familiar line and dot fill of the artform while preserving finer details in backgrounds. This works with both 2D backgrounds and those created using the 3D tools in Manga Studio 5, and it can be used with images imported from your computer. Finally, font previews make it easy to choose the right typefaces for the job.
The learning curve is a little too steep if you’re coming from Photoshop, and getting it to run full-screen is a faff. But this is a singular piece of software, and we’re eager for the next instalment.
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