Manga Studio is on sale for $26.21 on Amazon RIGHT NOW and my question for anyone who’s used it is … honestly is the program worth it? I’m using Photoshop right now and have not read enough on Manga Studio to make me overly excited about it and want to actively purchase it.
Manga Studio has quite some features, which PS doesn’t have. Those features are mostly valuable for artists, who want to do ink stuff. I enjoyed the lazy mouse feature, which “smoothed” your lines when drawing and it has a nice speedlines generator and some stuff to help you with hatchwork. Also some help with page layout.
Judging from how controlled your photoshop lines already look, I don’t say you need it.
I tried to use it a couple of times and since I had to transfer the drawing to PS anyways for coloring, but once I started coloring would never go back to MS for changes to the linework, it did not work out for me. I just generated a small library of speedlines and saved them as pngs and never openend MS again.
Just my two cents on the opposite end of the spectrum, I’ve used it continuously for both color work and line work, MS5 is head-over-heels better than four. If you pair it with Frenden’s MS5 brush set it’s even nicer. In the scheme of things (PS’s subscription vs MS5+Frenden Brushes being >$30 total) I’d say it’s worth a shot even just to try. I still use PS occasionally, but I’ve found myself working in MS5 more.