Ben here! Welcome back to The Ultimate Mangaka Starter Pack! Part 3: Show the world! If you haven’t checked out Part 1: Pencils and Inking or Part 2: Colours and Screen tones, go give them a read for how to create your manga. Today we’re focusing taking your work from page to screen and beyond!
Before we go anywhere we’ll need a scanner. These beasts can be pricy but you can find a respectable one for under £100. Scanners can get as pricey as £2000+ but for your purposes a Canon CanoScan LiDE 220 Compact Scanner will be perfect (and extremely convenient) if you’re working in A4. Any bigger and the Epson Perfection V550 Photo Scanner is generally better for larger images. Thanks to the included stitching software even A2 scans are a possibility!
- Clip Studio Paint Pro
- Photoshop CC (£99.99) UK – US
- Krita (Free!) Download
Both scanners come with software that should be when it comes to adjusting your scanned images. But what if you want to go further? Last week I mentioned the possibility of digital colours and screen tones. And that’s not to mention the addition of speech balloons and lettering. It’s generally a bad idea to stick with hand lettering. No matter how nice your handwriting is, your likely to get tired of doing it all manually.
That’s where Clip Studio Paint Pro comes in! Previously known as Manga Studio, this software was built from the ground up for exactly our purposes and it’s not even overly expensive!
You’ve also got the option of programs like Photoshop or Krita (a free Photoshop equivalent) that aren’t dedicated comic applications but they’ll more than do the trick.
If you opt for Photoshop you’ll have the option of paying £9.98 a month or going back to an older version and paying for it upfront*.
Personally, I scan my pencils in and take care of inks, colours and letters digitally on my gorgeous drawing tablet PC in Photoshop. But that’s just me. Try a few different options and see what works best for you.
You’re a Mangaka!
*Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a previous version that I could say for sure wasn’t pirated so I can’t in all good conscience provide a link. I don’t want any of you good folks getting scammed, after all!