Manga Studio: Drawing & Importing Images Part I

By Rio

From here onwards, there are two ways to proceed:

A. Importing your work into Manga Studio (i.e. a scanned page, artwork drawn in another program, etc.), or
B. Drawing straight into Manga Studio using the built-in Pencil, Pen, and Brush tools

If you'd like to go straight to drawing, head to Part II, otherwise read on:

A. Importing Images
The first thing you will need is your already-drawn artwork. It could be pencil sketches or an inked piece. If it’s just pencil sketches, you will have to take an extra step to produce a finished inked work using Manga Studio. With those in hand, let’s start importing...

With your page(s) open, click on File, Import and then select one of the following:

Image File…
Select TWAIN device…

TWAIN refers to your scanner. Select TWAIN if you want to scan your image or choose Select TWAIN device if you have more than one scanner connected to your computer (i.e. flatbed scanner, 4-in-1 printer, etc.)

When you select your scanner, it will bring up a new window as seen above. Choose the appropriate settings under the Main tab and hit Preview. This will bring up a preview of the scan on the right.

Drag and drop your mouse or move your mouse over the boxes surrounding the image in the preview area to select what part of the page you want scanned. After you’ve done that, hit OK at the bottom and it will now scan your selection into Manga Studio and onto your page.

If your scan becomes washed out as seen above, go to Bitmap Technique in the Import Images window and change the setting from Threshold to Dither. If the result doesn’t clearly show the image as seen below, play around with the settings in the Import Images window until your scan turns out well.

Also, don’t forget to name the layer under Layer Name.

Now, we’re going to adjust the size of the image. Since our example is a full-page spread; meaning the whole page is the panel; it will be adjusted to fill most of the page. If your scan will fit a smaller panel, adjust yours accordingly.

To adjust the imported image, you can use the Scale setting seen in the Import Images window below. Move the slider up or down or type in a number into the field. You can also use your mouse by clicking on one of the boxes surrounding the drawing and dragging and dropping it to a size you like.

NOTE: Try to keep the main points of your image and text within the boundaries of the central box.

Traditionally, anything beyond may be cut off when it goes to the printing presses. Computers printers too have a boundary they may not print beyond so keep the focus centralized.

Click the down arrow under “Layer Type” to switch between Raster Layer and Sketch Layer. Sketch Layer will keep the original look of the imported file. For example, this background will remain in color if left under Sketch Layer. To turn it to black and white, choose Raster Layer.

Fiddle with the remaining options to get different results. Under Subtractive Method, choose Threshold for a stark black and white contrast (shown below) or choose Dither or Diffusion for a more subtle and smooth effect. Click on the Move and Transform tab for scaling options. Adjust the numbers in the text boxes or click the image and drag and drop to resize the imported file. Hit Auto Adjust… for more pre-made size options.

Hit the down arrow next to Position and choose one of the four options. These will automatically resize your imported image. Make further adjustments by choosing the alignment by clicking on Up, Down, Left or Right under Direction. When you’re satisfied with the results, hit the OK button to get back to the page or hit Cancel to get back to the page without adding the imported image.

Note: At the top of Move and Transform tab are some arrows. The right-most arrow flips the image horizontally while the arrow to the left flips it vertically. The other two arrows undo and redo your actions.

That's all there is to importing images. Let's move on to drawing!

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