Manga Clip Art: Create Your Own Professional-Looking Manga Artwork: Everything You Need to Create Your Own Professional-looking Manga Artwork Hardcover – 2 May 2006
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A book for lovers of the genre - 4/5. -- Advanced Photoshop Magazine, Issue 20
About the Author
Hayden Scott-Baron, better known as "Dock" to his fans, was always destined to create great artwork. Even before he got to college he was selling his own comic. Back then, of course, it was photocopied and sold for 10 pence. Now he runs a flourishing manga house, Sweatdrop Studios, which has given his work a global reach.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
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.
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