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Manga Studio Lettering

Surveys of professionals and experts ususally put the Lettering in Manga Studio as its weakest feature. Probably its worst feature is that it ignores the Kerning information in the font ( Kerning adjusts the spacing of the letters correctly according to which letter is next to it ... fo example bringing an A and a V closer together because their diagonals should slightly overlap. Some would say that the lack of Kerning makes Managa Studio lettering a tool for amatures. I have made two fonts that you can download from this page ( click the download button in the top right to download).... These fonts have been designed to be less affected by the limitations of Manga Studio and to take advantage of some of its good features.

If you examine the text in the picture above you will see some comparative tests with Illustartor and Manage Studio. Illustrator does use the Kerning information ( look at the space between the A and V of "AVATAR" ) In fact most competitor products do use Kerning ( Illustarator, Quark, InDesign, Photoshop and even Painter )..... It really is the first thing that Smith Micro need to fix.

My Fonts 888TOTO is a western/US style comic font and 888_MANGA is a manga style font. The shape of the letters and the space between has been designed to be more tolerant of the lack of Kerning ( although they are Kerned fonts that do work properly in other programs.

In Illustrator you can select Bold or Italic if you have installed a "family" of fonts. Many fonts are standalone and so BOLD and ITALIC or BOLDITALIC are frequently not available.
In Manga Studio the family of fonts is not visible and I thought that MS was ignoring them.... but I was wrong... with more investigation I found that if you clicked e.g.BOLD it would use the associated BOLD font but if there was no bold font then it would create a bold version of the font on the fly.... best of both worlds. So my Fonts are single fonts and rely upon Manga studio to provide Bold and Italic. However, you may notice that while the italic is a good italic the automated BOLD in MS is quite a weak Bold. So again these fonts were designed to fix this. The Uppercase latters are bigger and Bolder than the lowecase letters. Designed specifically for those emphasized words within the text balloon. In fact using the Bold function in Manga Studio together with the Lowercase to Uppercase bold in the font gives you 3 increasing levels of boldness to select from..... and all of these 4 boldness levels can also be italisized by MS.

I hope people will find these useful and help allow you to complete the creation workflow entirely in Manga Studio instead of having to switch between programs.... e.g. I still think the Balloon tails in MS are better than anything else available.

e.g. In windows ... download the file and extract the two fonts. then go to Control Panel > Fonts and on the file menu select Install Fonts..... point to the fonts to install them.

I have alo mad some fonts for titles and sound effects with Manga Studio use in mind [link]

You may also want to check out the other Manga Studio Resources I have made available such as..
Natural Painting Brushes for MS at [link]
New black and white inking brushes at [link]

All free... Hope you enjoy

I would love a link back comment if you post anything which uses these resources

Cheers

Tony
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Fanatic-Comics Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
I needed a new font for manga and I found this off the bat, thanks! 

Commission Comic - Captain Tom's OP Page 1 by Fanatic-Comics
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KidCreation Featured By Owner Edited Sep 11, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Goharot: Father and Son United?! by KidCreation  I used this
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EdHarveyJrArt Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
Ed's Influence Map by EdHarveyJrArt  used for it for my influence map as the text for my fave artist.
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888toto Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2017
Thanks for the linkl...That's come out well
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THERATLINE Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2017   General Artist
Thanks!
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NoxPapillo Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016  Student General Artist
Really cool font. I used it for my comic's narration and dialogue there; www.webtoons.com/en/challenge/…
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jackiezedong Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love your fonts!  I use it for the dialogue in my webcomic knights: tapastic.com/episode/394615
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SharpWolf17 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How do you put the files into MS5 on a mac? I can't seem to do anything with them after I downloaded them. 
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888toto Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2016
You install the fonts on a mac like installing any other fonts... e.g. follow this video..youtu.be/3AIR7_ch9No?t=9
once installed they should show up for any program (including MS5  )
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BlackMartiniArts Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2015
Are these ok to use commercially I really like your fonts
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888toto Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2016
Thank you...Yes they are free to use even for commercial work
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kasering Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2015  Hobbyist
Hi, I'm using clip studio paint (which I believe is the same as manga studio?), and I can't figure out how to load the fonts on there.. Is it even possible? I would love to use your fonts, thanks for posting them.
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Radiant-Peridot Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I would also like to know this because I'm using the same program and require help >.< 
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gutgutgut Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2015
Thanks for the fonts. :)
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GrayRunAway Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Hey these are some nice fonts! I think I'll start using these on my comics! 
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nitecesire Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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Chordata1manga Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thx 
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whitty-boo Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Hi i'm having a bit of an issue, if you could get back to me ASAP that would be wonderful! 

I am having trouble using your manga font (no problems with the other) in Photoshop CC, I really enjoy it HOWEVER the ' and the " don't work... it just comes up as a space. What should I do? I want to use this font because i love it! 

Thanks!
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KromDubh Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AMazing!
I used the font to create my manga, the Bandit King on inkblazers:
www.inkblazers.com/manga-and-c…
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KevinNComics Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Student Artist
I did not know that! Thanks!! You are such a big help
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oleon22 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Student Digital Artist
no Ñ ;_;
thanks anyway
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Gumichii Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello, I have a problem :( The font won't change, no matter which one I choose. It doesn't change :( Please Help ><
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WeareDeathPartners Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014   General Artist
We absolutely love your font! Great work, sir. You can check out how we put it to use in our webcomic, Death Partners. deathpartnerscomic.com
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888toto Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014
Thanks for the link... it's really appreciated when people post links to were they have used the fonts..... Hope your comic gets lots of hits... looks high quality.
 BTW... what program did you use for the lettering ?
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WeareDeathPartners Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014   General Artist
So sorry that I am just getting back to you. I use photoshop for all of the lettering. And thank you for the compliment.
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MystressVulpes Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for the awesome font.
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izeart369 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
your font is great and you are wonderfully generous for offering this for free. Thank you!
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Otakumi Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
How do you install these fonts on Manga Studio 5?
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888toto Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013
You install them like any other fonts onto your computer and then they are automatically available in Manga studio ( and to all other programs)....
e.g. In windows ... download the file and extract the two fonts. then go to Control Panel > Fonts and on the file menu select Install Fonts..... point to the fonts to install them.

However, In Manga studio v5 they have made it so that the Italic version of these ( and any other font) is not visible. They will allow access to Italic text in MS5-EX when that comes out ...( I guess in a way to encourage people to upgrade). I did work out a way around this so I could use my italic fonts in MS5 (debut)... but at the moment I'm keeping it to myself as I like the Manga Studio guys and don't want to mess with their strategy...... But... if they continue to ignore my requests for fixing Font Kerning (letter spacing) then I may change my mind.
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Otakumi Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Oh thank you. And I was wondering what was up with the spacing... Hopefully that will be in the first update.
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count-irumi Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
Hi, are these free for commercial use too?
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Hatianidiot Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, I have seen these problems in Manga studio's lettering and do NOT want to use comic sans.

Thank you, and I will give credit
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GakaPoof Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey there,I have this problem... All my fonts work properly.Bold,Italics etc,but lately I installed anime ace and wild words and for some reason M.S. makes them italic automatically.I can't turn it off,it really annoys me.I could use other programs to add the text,because only M.S. is like that,but I want to add the text in M.S. so I dont have to worry about the size of the bubbles etc. is there any way to turn it off?All fonts work,normal,bold,italic,except the new installed ones.
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888toto Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012
Yes, I just checked and I see it too... those Blambot fonts like Anime Ace and Manga Temple and Arcanum are all becoming italicized in Manga Studio other fonts ( including mine) are not affected...... but for me it is only happening if I select the text to be bold.... if its not bold then Anime Ace looks fine. I do like Manga Studio, but that text tool needs some work. I can only suggest you use a different font or you check if switching off Bold works for you too ?
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GakaPoof Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I finally found out how to fix this ^^.It's because M.S. reads the italics/bold n regular as one so I just put them in separately on my desktop.Now it works perfectly ^^
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