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Image Heavy! So if you have an old or slow PC this tutorial may not be for you. It may cause lag or a crash. Just so you know.

This tutorial set will cover text and how to do comic style wavy text with a white outline. Panels dones with the panel ruler so when you draw in the panel nothing goes outside said panel without the need for selection tool. Screentones, custom tones and other ways to tone. Inking if I get far enough. And 3D materials for setting up scenes.

FIRST STEP: MAKE YOUR DPI 1200!!! You can change those at any point using layers alone! I'll elaborate more later.

In the below image. Hide beginners mode. Open the Navigation window, Colour, Layers and Tool Options in the Window Tab.

Where I have marked red go to the tab called Rulers. Left click and the option shown will appear. Choose Panel Ruler Layer.

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In the image below, use the two tools pointed to, to cut and adjust your panels.

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When you are ready, like shown in the below image, Right Click, go to rasterize. When asked if you wish to keep original you MUST click yes for it to work properly. It should auto hide itself. If not click the Eye Icon. You should now have an evenly lined panel. Now because we left the original panel ruler everything we draw in our layers will be done within those borders. Very handy for heavy inking and big tones.

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I have already inked but I will walk you through regardless. Click New Layer shown below.

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For inking you want RASTER just like a photoshop layer. And 2 bit black and white. If you choose 8 you will end up with screentone strokes or dither or lumpy threshold. Choose this with 1200 dpi because we want the smoothest possible strokes.

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Now in the image below in tool options panel>> Correction corrects your strokes. Hovering over the icons next to it should tell you other correction methods you may find useful. Clicking on the box with the dot and draging can change the pen size which is handy for quickly changing size. Or you can specify with a certain number. The numbers are in cm though so be weary.

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Now for inking long white hair like mine and the jaw line or arms with one smooth set line width I used a Vector layer. It has some really handy features. I really suggest watching this video for more and better info on vector layers and why they are good to ink with…

Next is Tones

Go to Window and open Properties. Then New layer, set to 1200 dpi, Gray 8bit, Convert to Tone as shown below. Now everything you colour is a screentone. This is just one of many ways to tone.

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Why properties? Well there is a tab called Tones. This tab controls the size and just about everything to do with the screentones, even moving them around. If you use material tones on this layer you can rescale them to any size you want and change the dot size etc but I will get to that shortly. For now we'll stick to this tutorial.

Now with your layer prepared go to the colour panel. Where you see all those greys from black to almost white, this is what we will be using. Skin is usually done in 15% grey. Click them and their percent should show up where I marked in red below. For me, mine are off by a surprising amount so I typed in the percent I wanted and hit enter.

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You may notice while zoomed in that you have screentones. This is because of the layer settings we set up. To change the dot size if you aren't happy with it, click the tone tab on the properties windy and play with the settings. The changes are instant. When you're satisfied hit ok and continue to tone.

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This part is quite important. I want to use gradient for the eyes so I am using magic wand. BUT in tool options choose browse multiple layers. This way I don't have to go back and find that inking layer. Set the expand till it is just on the center of your line art. I've marked this in red below. Once you're select your aread. Hold shift if you wish to add multiple sections like me as I have done so below.

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Select gradient tool. In tool options click tone and adjust the settings. Remember, the higher the number the smaller the dots. This is also why I said 1200dpi because it allows a wide range of tone sizes.

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Make some light dubs with eraser or select transparent square over white so you don't go over your inking. Or you can leave it in this zoned out look if you choose. It's your work. This is also you you set up gradient tones for clothing. Same process. One thing. If you find your gradient is pale, click undo then select black because it will gradient from colour selected to white or transparent. So if you have 15% still selected it will go from pale grey to white. That is all you have to do to fix that, just like when using gradient in photoshop, it goes by currently selected colours.

Ctrl+D to deselect or Selection menu, Clear Selection or the first icon that may show when you use select tool if you have it enabled.

This is the basic's of screentoning in manga studio. If you open through window tab the Materials Panel you can select and drag tones into active areas and go to properties tone to adjust the size as shown below. Took me years to find out how to rescale the materials in the tone library. Of course, neaten and clean

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That's all I have to share for now. Next tutorial I will discuss how to use the 3D material for setting up a scene for your characters.

One tip before I go, lower the opacity on super dark tones, erasing is easier when you can actually see it lol and then restore to 100% opacity. Should be an easier way since I know some tones can be to dark to see where your line art is.

Check out the other tutorials on the youtube channel I linked to. Very insightful info on their channel about manga studio.

Hopefully this is helpful, drop a comment if it's not or you have issues.

A tutorial for Manga studio. Getting started help with screentoning.
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UbiquitousEyechosis Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I just got this program and it's a little challenging transitioning from the previous program I was running ^w^ Your tutorials are very helpful!

Question: How can I select an area and move what I have selected to another spot on the image?
Example: I want to copy one eye and move it to the other side to get a pair of perfect eyes because the first one came out so well. It's a little redundant to have to do the same thing twice, ya know.
DraconianRain Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad you've found it helpful and please don't hesitate to ask more questions. Please consider reading this tutorial as well incase it answers more beginner questions  Manga Studio EX Tutorial: From Sketch to FinishFull page tutorial for a very lovely friend :iconjennycah:. I feel terribly guilty for not being around lately and for not being around to teach her the ropes of this wonderful program. I am going to use bullet points T3T<3 Make it easier if I have to refer back in the tutorial.
 The set up. Click the sideways arrow and hide the beginners assistant. If you want this program to work it's best you'll have to use it the way it's meant to be used. The beginners assistant is fine when you are beginning but when you want to get more serious then this is the tutorial you need. Image below shows where said arrow is. 
With this closed now go to window as marked in red.
Below are the windows you will need opened. So in the window tab enable, Tool Options, Navigator, Colour and Layers. 
I already have my story prepared but I will walk through it anyway. Go to File>>

First of all I lost the use of my desktop PC and I haven't installed MSEX4 on this laptop, so I can't double check these methods but if I remember correctly you shouldn't have any issues doing this. There's three ways to tackle this problem (Method 3 is the one you really want).

Method 1 [Recommended method]:
If drawing front on use the symmetry tool for a quick perfect symmetrical eyes and face. You can add a new layer above what you drew, add a symmetry ruler to that new layer and redraw a perfectly mirrored pair of eyes. Use mesh warp if you want to skew the angle of the opposite eye. It saves time and requires less editing to do it this way. Most beginners forget to use this tool. I also highly recommend using the kaleidoscope symmetry tool for drawing lace.
Method 2:
Select the eye on it's layer. Ctrl + C to copy the eye or go to the Edit Menu>> Copy. Usually using Ctrl +V pastes it to a new layer of it's own, if not you will need to do it manually by adding a new layer and pasting it to that layer. After making sure it's on it's own layer use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift + T to free transform. If you want to use it from edit menu go to Edit>> Move and Transform>> Free Transform. Now grab the opposite side and pull it over like the page of a book. This will flip the eye. You'll have to guess the size to make it even but it usually works well and the fastest with the least amount of hassle. Main reason I recommend this over just simply using flip horizontal is because we don't always draw perfectly horizontal with our eyes and we usually have to end up using the transform tool in the end. This way it's already enabled and ready to rotate or resize.
Method 3:
Copy and paste onto it's own layer. Make sure it's on it's own layer. Move or hold ctrl and left mouse click and drag to move it over to where you want it. Go to Edit>> Move and Transform>> Flip Horizontal. And then move around into whatever position. You can use Ctrl+ T for a quick transform and rotate.

Hope that helps. If you have any more trouble please don't hesitate to ask. If you get confused or lost with using the layers feel free to comment here or send me a note any time ^w^ Best of luck :heart:
UbiquitousEyechosis Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank. You. So. Much.  :tighthug:
You can bet I'll be asking you more questions in the future!  ;)
DraconianRain Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome ^w^ :heart: I'm really glad I could help you out. hug 

Best of luck and I hope you'll enjoy using Manga Studio. 
KatyGarnham Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I don't use a tablet- I can't afford one- can you do a tutorial on how to use pictures from google in manga studios to make a manga person?

Like you get a picture of a manga girl- import it trace it, use it to make your own comic? If you could that would be so helpful- as I am stuck xxx [link]
DraconianRain Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can't do that because that is stealing copyrighted art and is also against DA rules as well as illegal to trace others intellectual property for your own comic. It is a legal issue so no, I won't.

All of the things in this tutorial is possible by mouse using the vector layers. If you're stuck on how to draw manga characters, there are plenty of tutorials here on DA for beginners that teach you how to make your own original works.
KatyGarnham Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I understand- thanks! x
DraconianRain Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good luck and you're welcome
Jennycah Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
seriously you are good at tutorials <3<3<3
uhk thank you I'll be using this for sure
DraconianRain Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
no problems <3 This tutorial should be all you need for your first few months on manga studio until you get around to needing the other features. Just hope you have a lot of fun <3
bunbunberry Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for this!! ^_^ <3 Hopefully now i can get through MS and not get all confused hehe <3
DraconianRain Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
8D yay <3 I hope so too <3
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