Trying to get the hang of my copy of Manga Studio 5. It's touted as being like a hybrid between Paint Tool Sai and Adobe Photoshop. This version of the stylized tiger got the flat, cell-shaded treatment using essentially nothing but the pen tools.
I think I like this version over the other. I'm curious to try this program. I never got a chance to work with SAI or even know the benefits, but have seen a lot of art form people who do use it and the one thing that strikes me is how nice and clean the lines come out!
I snatched it up on Amazon for $25, but it is supposedly the limited version that doesn't include tools for comic boxes, speech balloons, etc. Which is fine for me. I like SAI's lines better (they "lift off" nicer than MS's), but there's a greater capacity to handle large files in Manga Studio.
Do you think that the way Manga Studio is being described is accurate? It sounds silly but my favorite part is the light outlines around the grass.
Having made several little pictures now I would have to say YES, it is accurate, although it's taken me some time to get used to the ink stabilizer. I'm fond of the real media tools also, but I think I'll need to get to know the program more before I can punch out things besides comic-esque flat work. It's the equal of SAI easily. The main thing that drives me crazy currently is that there isn't a transform-deform tool. You can scale, flip, etc but not deform the selection. I haven't messed with the font or speech bubble tools yet, but Photoshop will still have the more powerful filters, adjustments, etc. But so far? Yeah it's a solid art program. I only have the regular Manga Studio 5, not the EX version which comes with comic panel tools and some other extras.