Author Topic: By Celsys: IllustStudio-The Japanese Photoshop, or the closest you'll ever get.  (Read 357082 times)

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-Repost from Deviantart, please don't mind the grammar and vocabulary mistakes, was written late at night.-

(Sounds like a sale's pitch, ahaha)

From the creators of Manga/Comic Studio and Retas!Pro we finally have an illustration and drawing program created by one of Japan's most renowned companies for designing niche products for cartooning, comic creation and animation. They take it to the next step with IllustStudio 1.0.6, combining mostly elements of Paint Tool Sai, meshing vector line manipulation with raster, overall illustration with some picture/image manipulation of some aspects of Photoshop and Illustrator, 3-D models, etc. However, it's limiting to those who know the full extent of Photoshop's power, because of what this is marketed toward.

It harbors in it's illustration manipulation, basically how to control the line and changing them to suit your needs almost flawlessly. Remember how you could control the thickness of a line by merely increasing the pressure on a certain point? What about how you wish that coloring in base hues for simple cartoons could be more efficient? And scaling images to your needs without loss of quality? Needed a template to trace on for practice? Need perspective lines and speed lines? How about the smooth blending from Paint Tool Sai? All this and hopefully more is included in this first release. To learn more, look at the videos provided in this link:

http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=ja&u=http://www.illuststudio.net/&ei=DZaESrz9GIitlAe-zsnABQ&sa=X&oi=translate&resnum=1&ct=result&prev=/search%3Fq%3DIllust%2BStudio%26hl%3Den

There is definitely some cons, if you are looking for full PS power, but like I said, mainly a niche produce for cartooning/anime artwork, as most Japanese software is geared for. Also, a lot of shortcuts, but naturally you use what you want of it. The sheer power and what it can do is what makes this such a feature rich application, combining what many small scale programs like OpenCanvas, Paint Tool Sai, NekoPaint, and 4thPaint among others. I'm hoping in the next releases more complex brushes will be added, but I'm sure you can import your own and all.

To download the install you need to sign up onto that Clip program, however, from what I've heard it doesn't run on anything but Japanese operating systems. Do you think running AppLocale would be sufficient, changing the unicodes? Also, I get stuck during installation when it wants to make a path in the settings. If any of you can figure out it, please drop me a line.

Anyway, just trying to start spreading new software around. Hopefully it will be picked up by an English supplier like Manga Studio and Retas!Pro, so, for now, have a look see. c:

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This is really crazy awesome software.  I want it now, give it to me. :) Seriously this is the application that kicks PS butt, I hope it is as intuitive and simple to use as SAI, hey what the heck is up with these Japanese programers and companies that don't see the potential in a global market and invest all their time in developing for a tiny japanese market.  It really makes no sense to me.  I mean look at Opencanvas.  Stopped making an english version why?  Do they not want the sales.  I mean if the code is there it only takes a few seconds to output an english version once it's been translated.  And this program, Illust.  I am going to be pissed if someone here in the US doesn't pick it up soon and sell it.

s.g.

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I totaly agree with sgiff, it's crazy awesome! Brushes look nice but just wonder if they work good with more realistic style hmmm I'm waiting for translate ~! (probably lon long time waiting? :<)

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IT'S SOOOO COOL!!!
Thanks for giving us the info about it.
PLEASE LET THEM MAKE IT IN ENGLISH!!!

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Seen it a while ago, going to try it out sometime.
Their vids on youtube are awesome.

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Actually, trying it out right now.
Startup screen looks nice already, asks me what window layout I want.

Can choose between 8 initial interface configurations, including something that looks alot like Photoshop with the vertical toolbar and one that looks pretty much like the SAI interface with the tools listed in the same bar as the color picker and the tool configuration. Looks promising already from the start.


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' _ ' they'll be a translation soon, I bet.
SmithMicro use to do a translation for other celsys's products.

It's really great program, I agree. But only thing that I don't like is it's tool. They're more complicate than PS (look like it cam out from corel or something) And swatches, textures, presets browser is suck =A=

This takes a day to customize all hotkey.


by the way...... this cost about... 70usd in japanese version. But gonna raise up like hell after SmithMicro buy/translate it. (and then pirate will be my solution)
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It took way too long already for SmithMicro to even provide the newest version of CELSYS ComicStudio, they didn't even bother to release the patch to run the previous version of ComicStudio for the english language version to make it run on Vista. I don't know why they acquired e-Frontier (which originally had the licenses for ComicStudio et al), if they just to provide sucky support like that. They recently even shut down all their user forums for their graphics product range. I don't really see them licensing/translating IllustStudio anytime soon.

The drawing on the cover of the "smith micro Manga Studio" box was actually made with Corel Painter IX, btw, if I remember correctly. xD
« Last Edit: August 26, 2009, 06:39:53 PM by Kaetemi »

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Anyways, all language related win32 resources are in the iswResJ.dll, so it's actually not too hard to edit ;)

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The drawing on the cover of the "smith micro Manga Studio" box was actually made with Corel Painter IX, btw, if I remember correctly. xD

Yups.. there has been a huge discussion about it on DA onder the deviation x) (Well, that was so freaking disturbing, i actually baught MS EX 4 cause the illustration made is look extra promissing..)

Well, honestly the only software i was able to create decent linework and inking in was Manga Studio, absolutely the best thing, now if this matches Manga Studio + ability to color Painter/SAI-wise... oh dear... this has to be so awesome!

But.. so you are saying it would be possible to make an unofficial translation? ^^

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I'm thinking of writing an app that can go trough the resources in the dll file automatically, and uses google translate or something to automatically translate everything it finds.

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;D



Wow what a copy cat job they did :P No wonder Koji from SAI no longer puts out updates, people have been stealing left and right his ideas.

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All the layouts (images taken from the program's included files) that are presented at startup. Further fully customizable how much you see of everything in every menu.

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Ah so you just made it look like SAI layout? Pretty versatile.