Hey! A quick and easy one today, I promise.
Let’s say you want to try drawing one of those fancy 9 panel grid comic panels. Here’s how Manga Studio (or Clip Studio Paint, since they’re the same thing) can help!
Step 1: Create a new frame folder (you can see how in part one)
Step 2: Select the object selection tool (you can also brush on that in part one) and click on the full frame of the page..
Step 3: Select from the Layer Menu : Layer->Ruler Frame->Divide Frame Border Equally
Step 4: You’ll get a new window asking how you want to divide the panel up and for a neat nine panel grid, you should have something like this:
The little graphic is just a demonstration of how the divisions will work – IT IS NOT a preview of what will happen. “Fit to side Direction of Frame” allows you to play with how the divisions will happen on panel shapes that are slightly skewed, for example, ticking it here you the preview looks like this:
But, again, this is a graphic to help explain what might happen, it’s not a preview. If you’re splitting a perfectly rectangular frame both options will actually net the same result.
Which is this:
As ever, I like to keep my frame folder/panel borders all on a single folder, so I select “divide folder: Not change”. You can split this as you see fit.
This tool is actually pretty useful for, for example, splitting a single tier into three/four (or whatever) perfectly even sized panels. A trick I use a lot.
Planning tomorrow or Friday to try and get a quick youtube video together of some of this stuff, so if you have any questions you’d like me to answer on panel borders that are either unclear or I haven’t covered, please add a comment below!
And that should wrap up a week of manga studio Panel Borders. Next week? Let’s see if we can look at flatting in Manga Studio…