Some years ago, when I was still in high school, I bought two things in order to create a manga my heart so desired to produce: a tablet and Manga Studio Debut 4. The tablet wasn't too good (I don't even remember the name by the way), but I used it for quite a while. I eventually got myself a Wacom Bamboo and realized it wasn't that I sucked at inking digitally, but my tablet was really bad. With that out of the way, no more digressing; Manga Studio. Manga Studio 4 worked wonderfully for adding screen tones. There was an infinity of options and materials and I was really satisfied with it. However, time passed and I needed to update, so I went and bought Manga Studio 5 and oh was I thrown off.
Manga Studio 4 was wonderful for screen tones, but really bad for coloring, so most of my digital editions were just that, screen tones. Then I tried Manga Studio 5, which is amazing for coloring... BUT IT FUCKING SUCKS FOR SCREEN TONES, which, mind me, ARE THE MAIN FEATURE OF THE BLOODY THING.
Seriously, Manga Studio suddenly became an imitation of Sai with a few screen tones here and there, but it doesn't have nearly as many patterns or effects as its predecessor, and what's more, I can't create any gradient effect with screen tones, instead I get solid gray. Excuse me, but if you see my old artwork you'll find out just how fond I am of gradient screen tones...!
I think you get the idea. Since I lost Manga Studio 4 (I gave the CD away to a friend at the moment of purchasing Manga Studio 5 and now I have a PC with no disk reader or whatever you call that), this is the kind of shit I have to put up with.
Do you see what's missing in my newer stuff?? GRADIENT SCREEN FUCKING TONES!
Seriously Manga Studio, WTF, what do you call this weird dance in which you take a step forward and one backwards? Now I go full color more often than I do screen tones, which is okay for the moment, but once I begin drawing a comic or manga, the lack of my beautiful gradient and varied materials WILL. FUCKING. HURT.
With the rant out of the way, help? Anyone? Is there a way to import new patterns and some method to have gradient screen tones in Manga Studio 5? Because if there is, knowing so will be seriously helpful, but still it weighs against Manga Studio for unnecessarily complicating things so much to find such simple -- and beloved -- features!