Manga Studio 5 Beginner's Guide
By Michael Rhodes
Publisher: Packt Publishing
Final Release Date: April 2014
Pages: 400

In Detail

Using Manga Studio 5 to create comics is an enriching experience. Instead of using graphite and ink, we can get creative with digital marking tools. Once you've got to grips with the basic use of these tools, creating comics digitally is just as expressive and fun as creating them on paper.

Manga Studio 5 Beginner's Guide is for beginner and experienced comic artists who are new to Manga Studio. The book delves into the methods of creating a comic, from an idea, character, script, and rough layouts, all the way to the finished art. No matter what character you are creating—superheroes, sci-fi, fantasy, real world, or Manga—Manga Studio 5 Beginner's Guide will be your go-to book for creating comics.


Using a step-by-step approach, this book will lead you through the process of building up complex, multi-page comic/Manga art, along with industry insights along the way.

Who this book is for

"Manga Studio Beginner's Guide" is for beginners in comic creation. The more you know about how comics are made, the better you will be, but it's not essential to get the most out of this book. Even if you're a professional comic artist, this book will get you up to speed on using Manga Studio 5.

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Great Book bot only for Beginners

By JeffW.

from Shreveport, LA

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  • Accurate
  • Concise
  • Easy to understand
  • Helpful examples
  • Well-written


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    Comments about oreilly Manga Studio 5 Beginner's Guide:

    This is a great book and while I don't consider myself a Manga Studio "beginner", I'm no expert either. I was able to pick up a few new tricks from this book. It's incredibly thorough in it's explanation of the various tools, modes, and options. I really wish I could have read it a few years ago while I was trying to teach myself Manga Studio. I really would have saved myself a lot of time and sped up the learning process quite a bit.

    First things first: The cover. While I mean no disrespect to the Illustrator I feel it's a poor representation of what Manga Studio can do. I think a stronger graphic would have been one graphic in various stages of completion. That would get the message across that you can do it all with Manga Studio. Imagine a generic hero or heroine in a 4 or 5 panels. The first panel would be a rough pencil sketch, then a panel for black and white inks, then one for colors and the last could be a fully painted version. All done with Manga Studio's wide array of tools.

    On to the good stuff: The book is written in a casual, approachable manner that makes the vast array of tools and options less intimidating. The book is broken into chapters that break down a series of comic pages into real world steps. Application over theory. Through downloadable content the author supplies test pages for practice on inking, penciling, coloring, lettering, everything you would need. Sometimes learning new software can be frustrating because of the blank page in front of you and no direction on where to take it. Nothing helps you learn faster than a task to accomplish. The various chapters focus on a specific step to creating your comic page. Chapters on setting up your workspace, pencilling, inking, coloring, lettering, exporting, and printing. All written in easy to understand terms and step by step instructions. Almost every action has a summary following it entitled "What Just Happened?" to summarize what was just covered. Many aspects of comic book creation are covered that have little to do with Manga Studio, which I still found interesting. Topics like story creation and a brief history of printing color in comic books are a fun read. I even leaned where the terms "lower case" and "upper case" originated. Neato! One of my favorite features in this book were the post chapter pop quizzes. It's something I've never seen in any other instructional book I've read. It's a good way to make sure what you are reading is really sinking in.

    I highly recommend this book to anyone just starting out with Manga Studio or anyone who uses it and wants to learn more about it. Who knows, you may even learn a few tricks to speed up your workflow. i know I did!

    -Jeff Welborn

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