Christmas is right around the corner, and in accordance with our tradition here at Toonbarn, which is to spread Christmas cheer and uphold justice every step of the way, we’ll be giving away a bunch of free stuff. You’ve already seen our Nintendo Wii U.
But what if you’re not interested in playing works of art? (which is basically what Nintendo’s games are. Works of Art, every single one of them. Even the crappy ones like Gyromite). What if you’re interested in CREATING works of art on your own?
Then you’re going to love our new contest-superduperslash-giveaway: we’re giving away a free copy of Smith Micro’s Manga Studio Debut 4 to one lucky Toonbarn viewer.
What, exactly, is Manga Studio Debut 4?
Basically, Manga Studio Debut 4 is, as the name implies, an illustration/drawing software geared towards aspiring comics artists and manga-kas. Unlike Photoshop, which is targeted more towards photographers and image manipulators, Manga Studio Debut is specifically tailored for the creation of comics, with numerous tools that help simplify or even automate the creation of things such as tones, speed lines, speech bubbles, and proper perspective – you know, the stuff that makes comic books and manga what they are instead of mere illustration scrapbooks.
Currently, there are two versions of Manga Studio – the Debut 4 and the EX 4 versions, with the main difference being that the EX 4 is geared towards experts and professionals. We’re giving away the Debut 4, which is geared more towards novices and beginners. Like Me.
If you’ve had prior experience with an older version of Manga Studio, you’re going to like a few new improvements to Debut 4, with the first one being that it now has support for full color. This one is a nice addition because I used to create pages in Manga Studio and then export them to photoshop for coloring. I no longer need to do that, and whoever it was that said Color is a Thing of the Past is either talking out of his behind or is talking about something else, like racial equality and stuff.
Another improvement found in Debut 4 is improved support for lettering, which used to be exclusive to the more expensive EX version. Another much-needed feature from the EX version that made its way to Debut 4 is full access to text and preset word balloons, because there’s no way your manga is going to be halfway decent without any dialogue, unless you’re creating a manga adaptation of a silent film, or a Final Fantasy manga in which every single character has been hit with a Silence spell.
All the nice features from previous versions of Manga Studio are still in Debut 4, like that line smoothing feature that prevents your linework from looking like it was made out of putty string, or built in support for Bitmaps and JPEGs so that you don’t have to redraw everything (perfect for people who want to rip off….errr…I mean reference other people’s works!)
Normally, the Debut 4 version will run you around $50 (which is a mere fraction of Photoshop’s price), but since we have this giveaway+contest thing it doesn’t have to cost you anything, except time.
So How Do I Win a Free Copy of Manga Studio Debut 4?
We’ll choose one (1) lucky Toonbarn reader on or before Christmas eve, and he or she (or it. We don’t discriminate against animals) will be sent instructions on how to claim the prize. Bear in mind that we’ll be contacting the winner via email, so make sure that the email you use is a real email address that you have access to. If you give us a fake email address, we won’t be able to send you your free copy and I’ll use the free Manga Studio myself. And you know what I’m going to do with it? I’m going to create a really crappy manga with you as the main character, it’s going to be really embarassing!
Remember that part in the first paragraph where I said we’re all about spreading Christmas cheer and upholding justice? I’ll do that right now: we’re also throwing in a free copy of Smith Micro’s Anime Studio Debut, because Smith Micro gave us both Manga Studio and Anime Studio to give away, and it would be a grave injustice if I keep one to myself just because I’m greedy like that.