Paint Tool Sai vs Manga Studio
As I post my stuff up on deviantart, some people have asked me what the differences are between two pieces of computer software – Manga Studio and Paint Tool Sai. I started off with Paint Tool Sai and then got Manga Studio when my computer broke down and Paint Tool Sai went down with it. In general, there are 2 versions of Manga Studio for sale – the Debut and the Ex version; I have the Debut version as it was cheaper and so I do not have the benefits of Ex (which is obviously the more expensive one).
But anyway, here are my basic opinions of Manga Studio:
- Excellent for lineart. It gives you various pens all manga artists use – from G pen, Maru pen, Kabura pen and a brush pen. G pen is my favourite, and you can even change the line thickness of all pens.
- Good for manga obviously. It comes with lots of screen tones and panel layouts. So you can open a ‘new page’ and then select a layout, for instance, maybe you want 4 panels in one page, or 3, or 5 or 2.
- You know those background glittery things or flowers some manga have, particularly in shoujo manga? Well, Manga Studio has an airbrush for that function, too.
- You can add speech bubbles, and there are lots of speech bubbles to choose from, from thinking bubbles etc etc
- Limited colours and colouring tools. It’s not good for colouring in general.
- The eraser pisses me off. if you erase a tiny bit, it sometimes takes off a huge chunk and you have to keep re-doing it
- It can als get fiddly when using the panels to do a manga page.
- You have to import pictures if you need to scan pictures you did by hand. Even then the size will have to A4 or B4
Here is my example of Manga Studio at work.
Paint Tool Sai:
- Awesome for colouring. There are tonnes of colours to use!
- Plenty of tools for colouring too, from brush, watercolour brush, pen, marker, paint bucket etc
- There is also a pen tool function and you can choose the size and stuff. It’s rather standard
- You can work with all sizes of pictures
- Not good for lineart even though you can change the line weight and edit it. For me, the lineart really defines the picture, but for colouring, then obviously Paint Tool rules
- It’s not free (although some people got it for free quite a while ago).
Anyway, here is my example of Paint Tool sai:
There aren’t many cons of Paint Tool, although I do prefer to work with Manga Studio though because I like doing lineart than colouring (and I’m just bad at colouring in general).