Manga Studio 5 Review

Manga Studio 5 Review by Asher Hawkins
As an artist as well as an anime and Manga fan, I’m always looking for art programs that will provide me with the best experience possible.

Manga Studio 5 Review by:
Asher Hawkins - Artist, Character Designer & Anime Enthusiast.

Mange Studio 5 Review by Asher Hawkins SketchAs an artist as well as an anime and Manga fan, I’m always looking for art programs that will provide me with the best experience possible.

I’ve tried a few programs for digital art such as Corel Painter X and PaintTool Sai. I use PaintTool Sai as my main program, but I’m always willing to try something new. So of course, when I came across Manga Studio 5 I had to try it, if only to experiment.

The first thing I was greeted with after opening my new program was a LOT of buttons. A whole bunch of size options, brush options, buttons that do who knows what were all displayed for me.

I usually play around with things to figure out how they work. I found a few brushes I liked and went to town. I liked the level of control I had over the brushes and how clean the line art I did looked. I found that using the “Darker Pencil” tool gave me a look I enjoyed.

Mange Studio 5 was fairly easy to navigate, but since it was so different from the program I’m used to it was hard to remember that the same short cuts didn’t apply.

 

I also got slightly irritated when I wanted to create a new layer and didn’t have an easy one-click button to do that with. I felt like in comparison to PaintTool Sai, Manga Studio 5 was overly complicated in some aspects. Although, once you manage to get used to all the options and quirks the program offers, Manga Studio 5 has some insanely useful tools.

Mange Studio 5 Review by Asher Hawkins Screen Shot


Manga Studio 5 Review by Asher Hawkins Color SwatchesBuilt into the Manga Studio 5 program are 3D models that you can use for pose references. You can change the age and weight of the characters as well as make your own poses or use the pre-made ones. It was useful for me when I needed a specific pose and couldn’t find a reference or didn’t feel like finding one.

Manga Studio 5 was also jam packed with textures, effects, and gradients. Anyone looking to make a comic would find this a huge blessing. It also had some good image material to offer.

I was particularly impressed with the built in rulers. They could help set up guidelines for faces or perspective. They’re automatically set up on their own layer so they’re easy to delete when you’re finished.

I also discovered it was quite easy to color with this program. They have tools that are easy to blend with or just do solid color and I had a lot of fun messing around with different coloring techniques. If you found that you didn’t particularly take to any of the brushes, they’re easily customizable to your liking. You can change anything from opacity of the brush to how much anti-aliasing there was.

So, overall Manga Studio 5 from Smith Micro is fantastic for anyone looking to get a leg up for comic making made easier or any artist who wants a variety of useful tools.

Magna Studio Review by Asher Hawkins Final Image

Manga Studio 5 (Mac or PC)
Easily create your own professional comics and manga from start to finish!

-#1 comic software worldwide
-Start quickly with your own sketches, photos or illustrations
-Digital penciling and inking tools will help you save time over hand-drawing
-Keep the feel of pen and paper with full tablet pressure sensitivity
-Add dimension and depth with tons of screen tones and special effects
-Powerful coloring and illustration features based on real world comic tools
-Everything professional and aspiring comic artists need





Manga Studio 5 Review by:
Asher Hawkins - Artist, Character Designer & Anime Enthusiast