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What program do you use with the bamboo pen
Andre61 at 12:36PM, March 10, 2011
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What's a good program to use when drawing with your bamboo pen?
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Tim Wellman at 4:23PM, March 10, 2011
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The best program by far is called Manga Studio EX. It uses all vector lines, so everything you draw is editable… move lines, bits of lines, thicken or thin out a section, etc. It also has built-in line smoothing, so your lines can look professional even if you have a shaky hand. You can also adjust the amount of line taper (line tails). And it does all that without anti-aliasing lines so the print quality is razor-sharp.

Other good things, it has non-destructive rotation… if you notice in Photoshop, if you rotate the canvas all the lines get fuzzy and stay fuzzy even if you go back to the original location. MS-EX allows you to rotae the canvas freely, helping you draw lines in at any angle… and click a button, you're back to the original rotation.

The program is designed just for comic art… it uses layers just like Photoshop, and even exports art in layers as psd files if you want.

It also does automatic speedlines and focus lines, you can set up perspective grids and all your lines will follow it, too much more to mention.

The only drawback is it doesn't do colors very well (you'll still need to color in Photoshop). And the other drawback is it has a steep learning curve… there is a ‘Manga Studio For Dummies’ book that is excellent. Lastly, it's not cheap… around $250 retail (but several vendors are selling it for under 100 dollars on eBay). There's a cheap version called Manga Studio Debut, but you don't get vector lines with it.

The other program worth checking out, especially if you do a lot of CG art, is Paint Tool SAI (you can buy it directly from their website for around 50 dollars for the English version). It also does line smoothing, line moving, non-destructive rotating, etc, but it's main drawback for comic print artists is you can't completely turn off anti-aliasing of lines. One plus with it, it does color work very well (if you've ever seen any Japanese CG art… pinups, hentai, game covers, dvd covers for anime, etc., it's almost ALL done using Paint Tool SAI). It's basically a better Photoshop than Photoshop for a fraction of the price.
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Andre61 at 7:44PM, March 10, 2011
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cool! and thank you, I well check it out
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