YOUR FEE DBACK & OPINIONS
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?
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!