Line art rendering with Manga Studio EX or MoI meets Manga

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 From:  Martin (MARTIN3D)
5426.1 
Manga Studio EX 4 is a powerful $300 software for producing comic books but it can also be used to output nice and clean line art renderings from 3D files. The results are well suited for low resolution black and white printing.

Manga Studio EX: http://manga.smithmicro.com/ms_ex.html

I thought I share this recent discovery of mine, maybe it's useful for some.

-Martin
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 From:  TpwUK
5426.2 In reply to 5426.1 
Nice results ... :)

Martin
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 From:  Samuel Zeller
5426.3 
Sweet ! Nice to see my model (Editrol) ^^
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 From:  Frenchy Pilou (PILOU)
5426.4 
For French a presentation of Manga Studio by a friend of me ;)

A very cool product!

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Pilou
Is beautiful that please without concept!
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 From:  Joe (JOEPARIS)
5426.5 In reply to 5426.1 
Excellent. I use MS EX occasionally but I never thought of doing this. Thank you for pointing it out.
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 From:  paulrus
5426.6 In reply to 5426.5 
Wow! I never thought of that.

We bought it for my 15 year old daughter since she loves manga. I might have to give that a try!

-Paul
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 From:  Martin (MARTIN3D)
5426.7 In reply to 5426.6 
Paulrus, if you bought your daughter the EX version rather than the cheaper Debut version you are good to go.

By the way I discovered yesterday that one can buy MS EX from amazon for half the regular price.
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 From:  TpwUK
5426.8 
And Luxology joins in now too for modo users http://solidsmack.com/design/luxology-npr-kit-3d-models-2d-drawings/

Martin
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 From:  OSTexo
5426.9 
Hello,

Does MS EX 4 output smooth vector curves and patterns to EPS?
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 From:  Martin (MARTIN3D)
5426.10 In reply to 5426.9 
>Does MS EX 4 output smooth vector curves and patterns to EPS?

Hello,

that would be nice.
MS EX 4 can work with vector layers but unfortunately only internally i.e you can make lossless resizable vector 3D renderings but output is always pixels.
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 From:  OSTexo
5426.11 
Hello,

Thanks for the info, I saw that the application had an EPS export option and thought it might export vectors, which would be ideal.
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 From:  Martin (MARTIN3D)
5426.12 In reply to 5426.11 
Sorry no luck, its a pixel image that gets embedded in the eps or PDF file.
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 From:  Marc (TELLIER)
5426.13 In reply to 5426.12 
I don't know of any software that export smooth vector shading.
The closest solution I've found is to trace some kind of toon render with vector magic.

Marc
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 From:  chrisd (CHRIS_DORDONI)
5426.14 In reply to 5426.13 
Swift3d http://www.erain.com/ can do smooth vector shading
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 From:  OSTexo
5426.15 
Hello,

I haven't tried the latest version but there were some little areas that were off in the Erain product when I demoed it. It was almost as if it wasn't tracking the different color areas too well. Do you know if they have tightened this up? I think the Astute Graphics suite for AI will work well for me, I just need to wait until they get CS6 compatibility with the plugins for Windows.
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 From:  chrisd (CHRIS_DORDONI)
5426.16 In reply to 5426.15 
I tried Swift3d a few years back so I don't know if they have made any improvements.

Astute Graphics looks very useful. Thanks for posting that info

Chris
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 From:  OSTexo
5426.17 
Hello,

Danperk on the forum let me know about Astute Graphics Vectorscribe plugin. The entire suite of tools from them looks useful. They even have a halftone plugin looks like it makes true vector halftones, it may make for a very good companion app to MoI.
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 From:  twofoot
5426.18 
OMG! I've been looking for a simple way to create isometric drawings for my user manuals. Brilliant!

Thanks for this tip.

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