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efrontier Manga Studio Debut (PC)

by Smith Micro Software
Windows 98 / 2000 / Me / XP
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • Recreate the sensation of drawing on paper with a pen tablet
  • Easily layout your manga and comic illustrations with built-in pages and rulers.Get outstanding results with professional pens, pencils and other freehand tools
  • Tones give life to your manga and comic art
  • Create amazing effects and set any mood with Manga Studio's built-in features. You can also easily create, or modify any existing tone, giving you infinite possibilities
  • Manga Studio is filled with content. From samples, to thousands of tones, to built-in features. Take advantage of all of these pieces
  • Your finished artwork can be printed from your desktop, sent to local printers in digital format, published for the web, or exported to other popular graphics formats.
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System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows 98 / 2000 / Me / XP
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1
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  • ASIN: B000CABE44
  • Release Date: 3 Mar 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,572 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

Manga Studio 3.0, the world's leading manga and comic art software, gives you the power and flexibility to easily create professional-quality comics, manga and illustrations. Draw naturally using a tablet and recreate the incredible sensation of drawing on paper. Save time with thousands of built-in tones. See your projects come to life when you choose from dozens of special effects and image adjustment features. Import and export to many common file formats including layered PSD, BMP, JPG, TGA and PNG. Manga Studio 3.0 is your all-in-one solution for professional, ready-to-publish manga and comics from start to finish, all with easy-to-use tools, filters and special effects.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By Steampunk TOP 500 REVIEWER
This is simply what it claims to be - a piece of drawing software, with the specific aim of creating 'Manga' style comic strips and graphic novels.

Traditionally, these are always in black and white, and the program simulates this. You can have any colour you like, so long as it's black, white, or grey. This does make all the nice colour illustrations on the packaging a tad misleading for anyone who doesn't understand exactly what 'Manga' is.

Personally, I suspect that this 'Debut' version of the software is a cunning marketing ploy. I'm sure many people will be perfectly happy to make rather limited little illustrations with it - but the manual is full of VERY cool features which will get you all excited...but when you try to use them... Oops... you find they're only available in the (considerably) more expensive full version of the program.

You should also note that if you're considering buying this software but are still undecided, you can download a time-limited demo from the eFrontier site.

I eventually bought the full version, and have no regrets (If you already have the Debut version, eFrontier offer a discount on the full version - If you buy it directly from them).

Another minor niggle, which applies to all versions of the software: There is no printed manual - just a (HUGE!!!) user manual in pdf format, which must be read on your monitor. If you're like me and like to study your manuals in an armchair with a cup/glass of something nice, this will be a disappointment.

Niggles aside, you get a great little drawing program for your cash. There's a learning curve, of course, but this is true of all new art software, isn't it?
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for beginners 22 July 2006
At first I was put off by the other review left on here, but I'm quite glad I didn't listen and went ahead to buy the product anyway.

This programme may not have all of the thigns the more expensive one does, but if you are buying it to do a first time manga comic, it is more than enough to satisfy the publishers quality demands! The only time it wouldn't be enough I think, would be when you are on contract for a series of comics, but if you do get a contract, you'll be earning enough money to buy the other one anyway, if they don't give it to you as part of the contract! Definite recommendation for beginner Manga- ka's!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You'll need a top level tablet though 26 Dec 2007
Unlike Tim...who seems to be reviewing Amazon and not the software......I actually have had a go with this on a friends Mac....we tried it with a mouse...don't bother as the results are scrappy at best, so I used a tablet instead...a hellishly expensive one with a very good stylus weighted to fit your hand in a nicely balanced way is best and I found the experience great fun, the interface is speedy and intuitive, not fussy or hard to cope with....I found I could get decent results right away in a speedy fashion and above all the frustration level as with similar software was low...once I got the feel of the tablet I produced some decent 'artworks'...I am NOT a Manga artist...more of a cartoonist doing stuff for pals and girlfriends ... so I looked at it from a personal perspective rather than a professional one...this software is firmly in the camp of the gifted amateur who wants some fun and learn a bit more about the Manga style....I reckon that if you have lots of experience with pen on paper this will be good fun for you....as you can fill in colours and make changes speedily....I printed out the results on a professional high quality laser printer and the ink colours were vibrant and 'in your face' but I am not sure if a domestic ink jet will be as pretty....the colours might be dull....but at this price it is a steal. It ia not 'Photoshop'....but it is fun!
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