Friday, May 24, 2013

Quick tour of Manga Studio 5

For the past year I've been using Manga Studio 5, an $80 program from SmithMicro, as my primary tool for digital painting. I still use Photoshop for certain things but for the most part, the bulk of the work is done in MS5.

Why did I switch to Manga Studio 5? In a nutshell- it's because it's a speedy program with powerful features made just for digital artists.

The video below will give you a basic tour of what Manga Studio 5 looks like and what features I use and find the most helpful for digital illustration.

 The main idea I want to convey is that this is not a scary program to learn. There are a lot of similarities with Photoshop. Have fun and the only way to learn is just to dive in and mess around.

 Next week I will post a demo video of me actually painting something in Manga Studio 5. If you have any questions, feel free to comment below or find me on twitter @TracyBishopArt.

Quick Tour of Manga Studio 5 from Tracy Bishop on Vimeo.



  1. Thanks Tracy! I love the feature where you can pose your character - that is REALLY cool!

  2. This is one of the best introductions to Manga Studio 5 that I've seen!

  3. Thank you for the nice comments!

  4. Very nice work. They should pay you for this superb intro. You've certainly convinced me; I'll be $80 poorer soon, but with Manga Studio 5 on my computer.

  5. Tracy,

    Your work is inspirational. So cute! Here are some more Manga Studio 5 tutorials Enjoy!