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Manga Studio 4 and website

New version also lets you learn how to create manga characters and illustrations online By Ko Maruyama
It has been almost 3 years since I first tried  manga studio 3.0 for the  PC. At that time it had just been ported from Japan's  Comic Studio. Although there were two versions offered by E. frontier, both were extremely  feature rich, and required some experience. Now you can get training and online assistance at manga studio online.

Mango studio EX and manga studio debut are promised to be available for the Mac which makes the software even more attractive. With the software comes 400 pages of documentation that allow you to get deep we gain the software. Although the documentation is fairly good, and anyone that is already illustrating on a computer can go to the steps by themselves, it is nice to have the online support that the new website will provide.






E-frontier and their software titles were purchased by Smith Micro, makers of  StuffIt and other  must-have utilities. While it may seem strange that a company who develops communications software and image OEM  would  also sell and develop this graphic software, Smith micro had the wherewithal to keep the graphics teams in place with their software. now they show their dedication to their end users by creating this new site which will help both new and experienced users.



The newest version of software,  Manga Studio  4 will offer us a larger, more comprehensive suite of screen tones, special effects, and some content that will help us to quickly illustrate our panels.

If you're brand-new to Manga Studio, it will probably help to have some tutorial as an introduction. For those who are using the Debut version there is a "Beginners Assistant" which will dynamically help you  while you get acquainted with the software.

For professionals and serious Manga Studio users, there are additional tools and props. Color correction and over 500 3-D objects will help to populate the frames and pages. Additionally Manga Studio artists have access to Smith micros Content Paradise site. Here's a tip: become a member of Content Paradise, and you can save on your Manga Studio purchases.

The Manga Studio website is still a version 1 website, and I hope to see some of its navigation cleaned up in the near future. Currently you can find videos on that site with tons of the features outlined for you.

For talk about Anime style illustrations and movies, be sure to check out Stephen Schleicher's postings :

http://www.digitalproducer.com/articles/viewarticle.jsp?id=29352 : Cowboy Bebop
http://oceania.digitalmedianet.com/articles/viewarticle.jsp?id=34918 : Fullmetal Alchemist
http://dvd.consumerelectronicsnet.com/articles/viewarticle.jsp?id=31437 : Astroboy Complete

The MSRP for Manga Studio Debut 4 is $49.99. Previous users can upgrade for only $19.99. Manga Studio EX 4 will be available for $299.99, with upgrades from previous versions priced at $129.99. Manga Studio 4 will be available from the Smith Micro web store or at www.smithmicro.com/manga, and from popular resellers such as Amazon.com.


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Ko Maruyama is a freelance animator in Los Angeles.  In addition to working on film and broadcast animations, Ko teaches at Pasadena's Art Center College of Design - focusing on motion design.  When working, writing or testing software allows, you can find him lending a hand in the After Effects board and lurking among the Cinema4D, Visual Effects and Photoshop posts within the DMNForums.
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