I just wanted to throw up a couple links. I’m learning more and really starting to get enthusiastic about this program. I’m getting crazy ideas about setting up all my computer stuff at a 24 hour comic event. This software streamlines all your comics process from an editable script that will instantly reword right inside the word balloons for an entire story, to inking, panel layout, generating perspective grids, et cetera. If you are decently familiar with Photoshop and use it for comics you will find this program to be more purpose built to suit your needs. I still use CS4 for initial scanned in cleanup purposes, but image adjustments and levels and all that also exist in Manga Studio. There seem to be limitations to dpi and file type, but I’m still not as confident to discuss this as Jesse would be (if he familiarized himself with the program-hint hint).
The Join Lines Tool, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yoVjMcaN3x4&feature=player_embedded#at=14 .
The Rulers Layer, this tutorial has like 20 parts, and i am enjoying it immensely after wasting a few days trying to find a specific tutorial that wasn’t made by f’n retards. This guy is a breath of fresh air. (Really, who needs a creating word balloons tutorial that goes: use circle tool, use triangle tool, select your eraser and erase the inside. Thanks! A-holes! Every-stinkin’-one of you!) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yiUYrz82TaU .
More (part 10 perspective ruler): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-i37RDWkl8&NR=1
Part 11 perspective grid: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rO9W5Xngyg0&NR=1
And that is just some stuff that i thought you guys might be interested in. There are a number of features i like already and i just keep finding more as i go. I hope this might help get some of you on track faster than i did. As Howard already knows they (Smith Micro) have been offering special 4 day only sales on EX4 version and you can get it for $100, if the $300 dollar advertised price has turned you off of this product. Coming from a comics geek like me it is priceless.