so i’m trying out Manga Studio as a possible, much cheaper alternative to photoshop.  It has it’s quirks for sure!  Like, no spell check, different hot-keys (which are customizable, and i just changed to what i’m used too, so not that big of a deal), and it likes to try and sense what you are doing and help you out (speech bubbles, etc) which is cool when it works and incredibly frustrating when it doesn’t.  It registers the ol’ intuos pretty well, except for the “first point”….  Like, with photoshop, if I press the pen down hard, it makes a big dot… But with Manga Studio, if I press the pen down hard, it makes a small dot, until I move the pen, then it explodes to be a big dot.  My old bamboo tablet used to do this, and I assumed it was a hardware thing, but maybe it’s a driver thing.  Some of the cool features it has are automatic frames (with all the masking and whatnot built in), as well as pretty simple tool customization, and easily accessible textures, and easy speech bubble tools!  Overall, a pretty good experience.  The only downside is when I am working on larger files, it really REALLY slows down, making it pretty difficult to draw on, where as photoshop doesn’t really skip a beat, so I’m not sure if i’ll be able to entirely cut photoshop out of the picture.

The pen tools are really nice though, and you can use pen tools on a vector layer, making vector drawing really really easy on my computer!  yay.

Anyways!  HOW DO WE REEEECH THESE KIIIIIIDS!?  the Miley Cyrus reference is a month old by this point, but that’s kind of the point.  It’s crazy how fast stuff is old news these days.

Have a great weekend!