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    Questions about Manga Studio

    I'm thinking of ordering Manga Studio EX4 on Friday when I get my financial aid installment, but I was wondering a couple of things. Is it the equivalent of Adobe Illustrator in some respects? I have Photoshop version 6, but I don't have Illustrator. I thought I remembered reading online somewhere that Manga Studio is similar to Adobe Illustrator, with vector capabilities.

    My other question is will my system be compatible? I bought a Toshiba laptop about a year ago, it is Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit with AMD Sempron SI-42, 2 GB ram, and 250 GB hard drive.

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    I use MS EX4 for all of my comic-book style illustration work.

    No, Manga Studio isn't like Illustrator--but it does have some vector / perspective line / etc. tools that are very handy. To me, Illustrator is a design program that can be used to draw (though that's less true with each version, as Adobe adds more art-friendly tools). Manga Studio is a ground-up drawing program for people who *draw*.

    The very best thing to do for your own sake is to pick up the 30-day trial version and just wear it out! Use that 30 days to push everything the software can do, always thinking of what YOU are gonna use it for. Nothing else will satisfy your own questions and give you a better answer than that!

    The link for the trial is here: Manga Studio Trial

    No matter what I say about how it's worked for me, your own experiences with it will be your best answer. If you're interested in what other people are doing with it, all of the black and white artwork (including the pencils, which are Manga Studio EX4 as well) in my portfolio is done with MS EX4. Check out the link in my signature if you think that'll help you out.

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    Thanks Fred!

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    depending on what you need it for i would purchase the debut version over ex4, i got the debut version on amazon a while ago for 25$ not sure what it is now the debut version is much cheaper but you dont get vector tools, which i dont really care for in manga studio, no 3-d tools, but you can use sketch up for free, and no symetry mode but you can always copy and paste and reverse a side if you want symmetry, i think its the best program out there for line work, ive used, photoshop, painter, sai, artrage, sketchbook pro, illustrator, and flash, all of them pale in comparison in my opinion over how nice if line work you can get from manga studio. im attaching 2 pics to show how you can get very differntline work in the same program hope this helps

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    Thanks Mikeorion22, but the vector tools are what I need the most from Manga Studio, to make my dialogue and dialogue balloons.

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    Maybe you could get the Debut version of MS and use Inkscape for the vector objects and import them?

    http://inkscape.org/

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    Quote Originally Posted by vapsman88 View Post
    Maybe you could get the Debut version of MS and use Inkscape for the vector objects and import them?

    http://inkscape.org/

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    Thanks for the tip, but that's too complicated for me. I would rather have vector capabilites in Manga Studio.

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    The vector facilities in MS EX are very good and worth having if you can afford the extra. Debut is also minus a few rulers which are the best in the whole universe.

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    why do you need the vector tools for lettering and word bubbles?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeorion22 View Post
    why do you need the vector tools for lettering and word bubbles?
    Yeah, unless you're doing something that I can't think of, you don't need vectors for the bubbles and lettering. It all goes to print the same.

    Ace, you might be overthinking this one. Get the trial--you'll see.

    And yes, the rulers are A M A Z I N G. So definitely consider those.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeorion22 View Post
    why do you need the vector tools for lettering and word bubbles?
    They say to use Illustrator for lettering because of the vector capabilities, that's why I want Manga Studio EX4. You're not supposed to use raster graphics for lettering.

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    it can help with edibility, but you dont need it to letter, the problem is is that you can only try out manga studio debut, not ex4 with the vector tools, i just use it for line work not to color, i would listen to fred lang and see if you can do with out them to save the money, i would have just stayed with debut if i had a chance to play with ex4 but i might be in the minority,

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeorion22 View Post
    it can help with edibility, but you dont need it to letter, the problem is is that you can only try out manga studio debut, not ex4 with the vector tools, i just use it for line work not to color, i would listen to fred lang and see if you can do with out them to save the money, i would have just stayed with debut if i had a chance to play with ex4 but i might be in the minority,
    Money isn't a problem for me, I'm getting financial aid for college and I'd rather spend more for the correct tools than pay less now and have to pay even more later when I find out I should've gotten EX4 to begin with. I want to be a professional comic book artist some day, so I need the right tools for the job.

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