|Stable release||Manga Studio 5|
|Operating system||Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows|
|Website||Manga Studio Homepage|
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (November 2009)|
Manga Studio (known in Japan as ComicStudio or Clip Studio Paint) is a software application for Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows used for the digital creation of comics and manga. It has been developed since 2001 by the Japanese graphics software company Celsys. It was originally distributed in the Western market by E Frontier America; since 2007 it has been distributed by Smith Micro Software.
The program is offered in packages with varying features and prices. The full-featured Manga Studio EX is intended for professional artists (retail priced at US$299.99), and Manga Studio Debut has a smaller feature set intended for amateurs (US$49.99). In December 2012, a "preview" of Manga Studio 5 was offered, which offered a different subset of features ($79.99), with Manga Studio EX 5 (a feature-complete replacement for EX 4) promised for summer 2013.
Although it has features in common with general-purpose graphics software such as Adobe Photoshop, Manga Studio's tool set is focused and optimized for use in creating comics and manga. It has tools for creating panel layouts, perspective rulers (EX only), sketching, inking, applying tones and textures, coloring, and creating word balloons and captions. Early versions were designed for black and white art with only spot color (the typical format of Japanese manga), but version 4 (released in 2007) introduced support for creating full-color art, and version 5 included additional coloring tools. The Debut and EX packages of the program manage both single-page and multi-page documents, in both right-to-left and left-to-right reading orientations. It supports input by a mouse or a graphics tablet.
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