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Opening MangaStudio 4; Making a New Story

Opening MangaStudio 4; Making a New Story


    This should be where you first open the program.  Go ahead and make a "new story", which it's Manga Studio's way of keeping all of the pages to your comic in one place, in order; Skipping this will only make working on the next pages you create seem jilted and out of place, and require a bunch of extra saving, making new files, etc. etc. that story mode will let you do easily.  

  Don't worry about the number of pages; You can always Insert a New Page later on the story file screen.  Here are the settings I use in the image provided.

  The double page structure isn't something I've toyed with; I've personally felt most double-page manga/comic scenes were more of a waste of space and paper than not.  Also remember your publishing medium, in this case being the internet, makes viewing a image is wide rather problematic.  I suppose it's a matter of personal taste; Do whatever you like.

  Do, however, remember that ease of reading is a factor for many people; Have you ever heard someone call a book 'light reading'?  This typically, with books, means it's very simply written with a small vocabulary range, which allows for many adults who hate to read to have an easier time; This goes more to writing, but if the reader has to constantly check a dicitionary, they'll stop reading.  If the reader constantly has to tilt their head or squint or whatever to read page after page, they'll stop reading.  Remember; This is a lesiure activity for most.  Don't make it more difficult than it has to be.

  The blue box is where all your art will show when a page is printed or exported.  This means anything outside the box gets cut off.  If you want to resize this area (Though it's a bad idea), do so under the 'Inside Dimensions' section.  

  The bleed width is the white area outside the blue box.  It exists in most forms of printing to allow for a margin so images, text, etc. don't get cut off the page when printed, or cut and put into books, magazines, whatever, later.  Leaving the bleed width alone is a great idea.  If your comic is printed, this will help it look like a professional work; The pages, more than likely, will be resized, meaning this area can be cropped away if it's too big.  However, making images bigger tends to reduce their quality, so I advise you to work in a bigger size (I picked printer-papaer size, as most graphic novels are half this and most comic books are this size) or at the exact size you need.  I haven't tried to blow up an image made in Manga Studio, but with tones, I'm just not sure how well it would look; I imagine most tones would look off as a result of being blown up.

  Lastly, you resolution should be 300 DPI.  I went so far as to expirement with a home printer for the best results; 600DPI, I found, didn't make a visuable difference, there.  It makes the file bigger and your computer run a little slower, so use 300 DPI.  Under no circustamces should you use anything less that 300; If you print these images, they won't look good.  They may not even look good when exported; Stick with 300 DPI (dots per inch).

  Press okay, and let's get ready to make our first page.  You should see a screen with a smaller image of a blank page on it, with blue box, in a screened in area for 'Story'.  Double click this, or go to Insert, and Insert New Page if you don't see one.  This New Page Insert will put a page after the one you have selected, so bear this in mind; If you need to go back and add a page, you can.

  Next, A Page.


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