You can operate basic functions such as creating a new document, opening a file, etc. from the main window (a).
After creating a document or opening a file, you will see the document window (b).
Multiple document windows can be opened at the same time.
You can select a tool from the tool window (c) however you would like to proceed.
Each tool has an option, therefore you can set up supplemental settings from the control window (d).
An image you are editing will be shown as a thumbnail in the navigator (e).
Each layer condition will be shown in the layer window (f). You can manage your project in this window as well.
In case of Bitmap layer, supplemental information, such as histogram etc., will be shown in the Information Window (g).
In case of Vector layer, the object list will be shown in object window (g).
Brush size setting can be done in brush control (i).
You can customize a brush. Customized brush will be shown in brush window (h).
Color setting for brushes and fill can be set in color window (j).
Frequently used color can be saved in palette window (k).
To edit a document per a grid, or to snap a brush radially or parallel, you can use snap window (m).
Go to [File] - [New], then the below dialog window will appear.
After entering required information, click OK to create a new document.
A new document does not have a name yet. (It is called "Untitled" at first.) You may want to save a new document in your designated location first.
You can create a new document with the 4-frame comic template distributed on our official website.
After clicking "Open Template Folder," you can select a template (mdp format) to use for your document.
Newly created document is named as "Untitled." You cannot overwrite the file so please be sure to save as.
Go to [File] - [Open] to open the file selection dialog box. Then you can choose the image that you want to open.
You can also open the file by drag-&-drop into the main window.
Or, you can simply drag-&-drop the file onto MangaLabo shortcut icon.
Readable files are:
Followings are the descriptions of each file format.
MangaLabo standard format. You can save layers and all other information in this format. This format lets you organize your work in the project.
We recommend you to save the file in this format unless you absolutely need to save in a specific file format.
MangaLabo project format. "Project" lets you manage multiple pages.
Windows standard format.
If you sace in this format, you will lose the layer information. Since this format does not compress the data, therefore the file size may become large.
If you save a file containing only one layer in a bitmap format, you can save the file with the best condition.
(For instance, 1 bpp layer will be saved as a 1 bpp bitmap. 8 bpp layer will be saved as an index color bitmap.)
Otherwise, a flattened image will be saved as a 24 bit color bitmap data.
A format when you publish an image onto website. It will force to save a file as a color image (24 or 32 bpp).
You can choose saving options for the alpha channel, therefore using png format is recommended for a file containing alpha information.
If you save a file containing an alpha channel, unexpected opacity may occur when you choose a layer mode other than standard.
Unlike jpeg format, an image quality will not be deteriorated even after saving/reading multiple times.
We suggest not to use jpg format but to use png format when you publish your work onto website.
A format that enables to save color images with high-compression.
With jpg format, a flattend image will be saved with white background.
Once you save an file in jpg format, the original quality will be lost.
If you save an image with 80% or less quality, the image will get considerably rough.
It is suitable to save a file containing alpha channel without compression.
It is not used very often.
A general-purpose format for image exchange. Files created other than MangaLabo will have a limited use.
A format for Photoshop by Adobe.
You can use psd file to import/export between Photoshop and MangaLabo, however we do not guarntee the full compatibility.
A file that has a single, default size layer can be saved as psd format.
When you send your file for printing, it is typical to flatten the file prior to printing. You can save a rasterized file with single layer.
We suggest you to check psd file in Photoshop.
Create a new document by specifying image size and resolution and so on. (Ctrl + N)
Create a new project that enables you to manage multiple pages.
Create a new document from an image data in Clipboard.
Open a file. (Ctrl + O)
Open a file from the list of recently used files.
Shortcut to the list of recently opened folders.
Overwrite a file.
Save a file as a different name.
Save a file as a different name in a specified path.
Output a flattened image (apply the selected area).
Output a flattend image to Clipboard （apply the selected area）.
Set up the printing info （printer setting）.
Print a document.
Import an image from a scanner such as TWAIN32 device.
Import the desktop screen image.
Setup a tablet.
Set up the application.
Exit from the application.
Undo the previous action. (Ctrl + Z)
Redo the undone previous action. (Ctrl + Y)
Cut out the selected area from the image and copy to Clipboard. (Ctrl + X)
Copy the selected area to Clipboard. Copy the entire layer if nothing is selected. (Ctrl + C)
Copy the selected area as a flattend color data to Clipboard. Area needs to be selected prior to using this function. (Ctrl + Alt + C)
Paste an image on Clipboard as a new layer. (Ctrl + V)
Fill the selected area with active color. Fill the entire layer if nothing is selected. (Insert)
Fill the selected area with pattern. (Dialog box will appear.) Fill the entire layer if nothing is selected. (Shift + Insert)
Delete an image in the selected area. Delete the entire layer if nothing is selected. (Delete)
Crop the document to the selected size. This will change the image position and size to the specified information.
Resize an image and change the resolution, or change the image dpi setting.
Resize a canvas size. Specify the size and position.
Rotate an image. (To rotate per a layer, you can do so from the layer window.)
Merge all the layers. Layers are merged as a single color layer.
Delete all the draft layers.
Select the entire layer. (Ctrl + A)
Release the selected area. (Ctrl + D)
Invert the selected and unselected areas.
Expand the selected area to the designated pixel values.
Contract the selected area to the designated pixel values.
Apply gaussian blur onto the selected area.
Change the selected area as rectangular. Rectangular slection will include all the originally selected area.
Make a layer with opaque areas of active image. You can take in the specified layer by holding down Ctrl and clicking the layer.
Add a layer to selection by holding down Ctrl+Shift and clicking the layer.
Display the selected area with "marching ants."
Display masked area (invisible area) as a translucent color.
Set up the display setting of selected area.
Change an image brightness range.
Adjust an image brightness slightly.
Adjust RGB value.
Change an image hue.
Change an image color blanace.
Decrease levels of image brightness. (e.g. 256 levels to 4 levels, or 32 levels)
Apply a blur effect.
Apply a directional blur effect.
Apply a radial blur effect.
Apply a mosaic effect.
Add noise on an image.
Draw a concentrate line.
Draw a flow line.
Draw an urchin flash.
Zoom in a displayed image. (by hit "+" while holding down Ctrl, or scroll the middle button of mouse)
Zoom out a displayed image. (by hit "-" while holding down Ctrl, or scroll the middle button of mouse)
Fit the scale to window display size.
Show an image in a specified scale.
Flip a displayed image horizontally. (This is a temporary action, which will not effect on the original image.) ("↓" key)
Release rotated condition.
Release rotated and/or flipped condition. ("↑" key)
Prioritize the vector layer. Quality of layer with 1, 8, 32 bpp will be dropped.
Prioritize the bitmap layer. While using a hand tool, vector layer will be invisible.
Show the ruler at upper-left.
Show the grid in a document. (Ctrl + G)
Show the grid per pixel When an image is zoomed in.
Set up the grid setting. You can choose the grid per pixel or centimeter.
Apply AntiAliasing at rotation. (only when the vector display is prioritized）
Display the brush size when using brush tool.
Display the transparent area as checker.
Emphasize an active layer when dragging. (other layers are shown as translucent.）
Display a layer image preview in document window when cursor pointing on layer window.
Switch the display status of navigator window.
Switch the display status of information/object window.
Switch the display staus of brush/pattern window.
Switch the display staus of brush control window.
Switch the display staus of color window.
Switch the display staus of palette window.
Hide temporarily all the windows except document window. (be able to switch by Tab key)
Speficy window(s) to be turned off when pressing Tab key.
Reset all the window position as a default setting.
Reset position and size of active document window as a default setting.
Open this page.
Open the folder where setup files are saved with explore or so.
Show the version of being used program.