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Manga Clip Art: Everything You Need to Create Your Own Professional-looking Manga Artwork [Hardcover]

Hayden Scott-Baron
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2 May 2006
In recent years, manga has become an popular art form throughout the world. Manga Clip Art will provide you with all the elements you need to create your own ready-to-print, professional-looking, full-colour manga illustrations even if you dont have any previous experience. If you love manga, you can use the high-resolution clip art to create your very own stunning, personalised artwork, and in next to no time youll be developing your very own unique manga style. All the elements youll need to get started are included on the CD, while the accompanying book explains in detail all the techniques you need to create, colour, and render your own stunning manga illustrations.

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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: ILEX (2 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904705839
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904705833
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 21.8 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 866,542 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A book for lovers of the genre - 4/5. -- Advanced Photoshop Magazine, Issue 20

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5.0 out of 5 stars perfect 18 Jun 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
book excellent cd rom thank you just what I wanted.................can not think of anything else to say this is crap trying to think
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great Idea, dissapointing to use 11 Aug 2008
Format:Hardcover
I first saw this in a Waterstones and it was on my wish list for a while, so i was thrilled when it arrived today.
After playing around somewhat i am now dissapointed.

The Idea of the book and cd is excellent. Mix and match and learn about creating the manga style images right on the computer and create some great art for total beginners.

First of all, the Adobe Elements was annoying to install as my usual imaging software just couldn't cope with all the seperate layers.
Once loaded the software was slow to do anything, from opening to cropping etc.

Put it like this, if you don't have adobe software you are screwed. The images are nice and basic but often fit together really badly even with tweaking. For example; you can't open all the head files in your layers pallete, just the heads in the particular file you opened. You have to keep flicking back and forth to exchange elements. The accessories file was a great idea to futher customise the images . . . IF the little accessories weren't lumped together in one big image.

All in all i am annoyed at this purchase, save your money and buy real Manga to copy from instead.
Because i had to i gave this one star rating. I'd rather have left it zero.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a drawing guide 18 Aug 2008
Format:Hardcover
Pretty much, it's what it says on the tin, a collection of pieces of professional manga lineart that the user can put together. The book shows ideas and how to put the pieces together.

While it's nice to give you ideas for references, it doesn't teach you how to draw at all, making the whole concept of creating your own characters rather limited.
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Amazon.com: 3.5 out of 5 stars  6 reviews
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good for beginners 21 Jun 2007
By random reviewer69 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
If you've always like the manga/anime art style but can't draw, then this book is for you. Just select different clipart from multiple character files to "create" your own characters. There are some good tutorials within the book, like how to apply different coloring techniques and effects in Photoshop, but individuals who already know how to use Photoshop might find this inadequate or merely a refresher course for what they already know.

On the plus side, there really are a great number of combinations and designs you can choose to create, including monsters, mecha designs, and male/female characters. And if you're short on ideas for character design, this might serve as a source for ideas. However, be wary of this item, as I truly think there maybe something wrong with the disc. Based upon the previous reviewer, I made a backup copy of the original CD, but I am happy to say, my CPU has had no problems reading it so far. However, while browsing through the book and comparing the files on the CD, I noticed that one of the character sets, "Evil Monsters", is missing from my disc. It is annoying to pay full price for a product and not receive everything promised to you... =/

Bottom Line: A good buy for the beginning manga artist and those who don't know how to use Photoshop. I think advanced artists who already know how to draw or use Photoshop might find it inadequete. Hope this review helped any potential buyers.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soooo worth it! 12 Feb 2008
By vyktohria - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I got this with the intention of practicing digital painting, and it is so worth it! I've read reviews (here and other sites) of people saying that they had trouble with the CD, that images were "missing" or files wouldn't open. Here's what I have to say about that: I have Vista, and thus far have had absolutely no problems with opening or reading files. Yes, the files are HUGE (the characters are mapped as Photoshop layers), so it takes a second or two for them to open. As for "missing" files, as the book explains, and the CD shows, some of the specific character traits are filed under other character titles. Overall, this is a completely fun and useful tool . . . it allows me to create wonderful characters (I can't draw at all!) in no time. I would highly recommend this as a source for other computer artists and anyone else with a basic knowledge of working with Photoshop (or Elements) layers.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for beginners or those needing some clip art for illustration 17 Dec 2007
By E. Dalton - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I'm surprised at the other negative reviews. This product is exactly what it says it is, "manga clip art." There are some very helpful step-by-step directions about how to use digital image editing software to provide a variety of coloring and shading styles, as well as a fairly wide selection of clip art components in different styles and poses. I have had the product for over a year and have had no trouble with the CD. I will say that the files are quite large, though, so you need enough memory to be able to work with them.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's just ClipArt 28 Nov 2009
By Rennim - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The title pretty much sums up the entire item. If you can't draw for your life then this is a good book where you can piece different people together. Not much variety but what did you expect from "Clip Art"? Good for beginners.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Paper dolls photo shop style 15 Mar 2010
By Shala Kerrigan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
If you know how to work in layers in Photoshop but can't really draw, this is just the right thing to create character illustrations for dice type rpgs. There are a bunch of combinations you create then color to make your perfect character.
The character types include regular manga style, mecha, and chibi with a whole bunch of hair styles, clothing, expressions and accessories to choose from.
There are cel shading tutorials in the book so you can learn to color in the composite images after putting together the parts to make your character.
Recommended for Photoshop beginners who can work in layers. People who want to learn to draw manga style should look for a book about that. This is a clipart book and cd.
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