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Artist Chatter: Photoshop V Manga Studio


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Investing in some new tools to further my journey towards illustration/animation as a career, and I've hit a snag with the software...

I don't know whether to go with Photoshop CC or Manga Studio 5 (or Clip Studio Paint, as it's now called).

And I want to get you fine fellows and gals chatting more about craft, so I figure maybe I can get you lot in on the decision making process.


Photoshop is old faithful-- I know it reasonably well (albeit in a different capacity, working in newspapers for the last decade).

It's still industry standard.

Even those comic book artists I've found have moved over to Manga Studio for much of their workflow still use Photoshop for some portions of it.

And it can be used very handily for traditional, frame-by-frame animation.

But the newest release CC is causing me some hesitation. It's $20 per month, for one -- $240 per year every year, is friggin' costly.


Manga Studio is able to do a lot of things Photoshop can do.

It does a few things Photoshop currently can't.

It's cheaper-- $210 for the juiced version, $48 for the basic, and those fees are one-time.

It also has some animation capability, though how much seems to be one of the bigger differences between the juiced version and the basic.

But it's maybe not an industry standard yet (I suspect it will be eventually, and feel free to correct me if it is now).

And I have never touched the thing before (I can fix that with a free trial but a lengthy learning curve is one concern of mine).


So I'm looking to crowdsource some opinions... what do you use and why?

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Well, you do raise an alternative... if I don't like the newest Photoshop I can always seek out an older version.


Probably wouldn't cost much of anything, if anything.


Otherwise, right now I'm leaning towards getting the much cheaper, basic Manga Studio and playing with that for a while before spending the $200+ in either direction.




I still use an old version of photoshop my sister gave me like 10 years ago, lol... so, um... I dunno.

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Well, it seems my choice has been made for me.

Huge sale on the digital/downloadable versions of both the basic and EX versions of Manga Studio 5 currently...

Basic is $25, EX IS $87.

Deal's good for the next couple of days if anyone else is interested.

Probably means a new version is imminent (makes sense, given the rebranding that's been happening).

But I'll happily take 5 or 5 EX to learn with, especially at that price.

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