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Dig­i­tal manga?

Just en­quir­ing about manga mag­a­zines. I was won­der­ing if you do any is­sues that con­tain com­puter-gen­er­ated manga? Al­ton, via email Claire replies All of our manga edi­tions have imagery that’s cre­ated us­ing com­put­ers and soft­ware such as Pho­to­shop. They also fea­ture tra­di­tional art ad­vice. Our most re­cent spe­cial manga edi­tion is avail­able here: http://ifxm.ag/manga-artist3.

Can’t read the mag!

I love your mag­a­zine, but why is the text so small? Some­times I find it re­ally hard to read – es­pe­cially the hand-writ­ten stuff – and I have to squint to be able to read it. I know this makes me sound like a right old fart, but it has to be said! Dar­ren, via email Claire replies Dar­ren, I’m so sorry that your eyes have been hurt­ing while read­ing our mag­a­zine! We’re al­ways think­ing of ways to im­prove the mag­a­zine, so we’ll take a look at how and where we could make things more read­able, if nec­es­sary. Do other read­ers agree? Or do you have any other nig­gles to tell us about? Drop me a line!

Can’t open brushes

Most ev­ery month your mag­a­zine shares some ut­terly won­der­ful brushes, but I can al­most never use them.

Like I ex­pect many of your read­ers, I mostly use Manga Stu­dio (or Clip Stu­dio Paint as it’s now known) for my own dig­i­tal work, which doesn’t na­tively han­dle Pho­to­shop brushes. So I have to load the brushes in­di­vid­u­ally into Sketch­book (the only rea­son I still own it) and cre­ate a stamp to then make my own brush. Al­ter­na­tively, I’ll try and use an .Abr viewer. Hav­ing said this, I did down­load one viewer at Source Forge, and my com­puter al­most im­me­di­ately crashed.

I’m sure a lot of your com­mu­nity would ap­pre­ci­ate it as much as I would if ImagineFX could pro­vide in up­com­ing is­sues, as part of its re­sources, a safe, proven .Abr viewer so we too could share and try out the brushes that you reg­u­larly sup­ply. Tom, via email

Claire replies Great idea, but it’s the ‘safe, proven…’ bit of your let­ter that we’re un­able to help with. We can­not sup­ply third-party soft­ware in case some­thing goes wrong with it, or it isn’t com­pat­i­ble with cer­tain op­er­at­ing sys­tems, and so on. It’s a tough one! Per­haps other read­ers who do a sim­i­lar thing to you can share how they do this?

In­dex please!

I’ve been buy­ing your won­der­ful mag­a­zine for years, but wouldn’t it be great if they could be used as a live re­source rather than an im­pres­sive pile of mag­a­zines stuck on my shelves to be en­joyed ran­domly, which is pretty much what hap­pens in my case.

Imag­ine a sce­nario where it’s pos­si­ble to ac­cess the Con­tents pages of ev­ery ImagineFX avail­able dig­i­tally, and search them by key­word? Then peo­ple like me, who still favour the print ver­sion, could look for top­ics of in­ter­est in the Data­base of Con­tents and go di­rectly to their print edi­tion(s), or buy miss­ing is­sues that fea­ture the con­tent that they’re in­ter­ested in. For dig­i­tal ver­sions, per­haps the search would cre­ate Book­marks au­to­mat­i­cally.

Of course, your read­ers may al­ready have this kind of fea­ture, which makes me look a bit daft, but I can live with that! Max, via email Claire replies Hello Max, this is an­other great idea. We would dearly love to cre­ate a search­able in­dex for our edi­tions – it would help us here in the of­fice as well! Alas, we just don’t have the re­sources to get this sorted. I even asked our apps team if they could cre­ate some­thing within our mag­a­zine con­tainer app for our dig­i­tal edi­tions. Again, it’s just not some­thing that we can sup­ply at present.

I’ll add it to the big list of things I’d like to get done in 2017. Thanks for writ­ing in.

Tom’s ex­pe­ri­enc­ing trou­ble get­ting our artists’ cus­tom brushes to run prop­erly on his home com­puter.

Learn how to paint all things manga, in our re­cent spe­cial is­sue!

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