Guest Post – Manga Studio 5 Quick tour with Tracy Bishop

With so many people looking for alternatives to Photoshop I thought it would be good to share a post today about Manga studio 5. Read and watch on as Tracy Bishop give you a quick tour.

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

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.

guest_posttb001 Hello! My name is Tracy Bishop and I am a children’s book illustrator working in San Jose, CA.I grew up on an U.S. Army base just outside of Tokyo, Japan. From an early age, I fell in love with drawing and telling stories through pictures.I attended San Jose State University and graduated with a degree graphic design with a concentration in illustration/animation. For the next decade I worked as a graphic and web designer. In 2010, I left the design job at a children’s museum to focus full-time on illustration.You can now find me working from home in San Jose, CA. My inspirations are my son, husband, and a hairy dog named Harry.
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