How To Import An Existing Page Into A Story In Manga Studio 3

Today I discovered a very stupid mistake I made last night when I was creating the first full page panel of the next chapter of Wall Street Hijack. You will recognize this situation: working passionate on your drawing late at night even though the grown up person in the back of your mind is telling you that it’s bed time.

Just like you, I discovered my mistake this afternoon when I headed to my digital drawing board to give my panel the finishing touch.

I started Manga Studio and hit the menu option to open the story I had named chapter 2. To my surprise there was no chapter 2. A moment of an adrenaline rush. Of course I calmed myself down very fast because I was convinced that I would find it in my well organized map structure on my hard drive.

Luckily I found the page that I by accident had given the name of the chapter. However, I did not create a story at all. Just a single page.

I really was convinced that I had created a story last night! This was the first time that this happened to me, thus it was the first time that I had to find out how to create that story file and then get my page into it.

Believe it or not but I got stuck on this in the first moment, though the solution to this problem is very easy. At least if one does not think to complicated.

A story file in Manga Studio has the extension .cst while a page has the extension .cpg ! It’s not that this information is of much use here, but if you are looking on your hard drive for one of those files it’s probably good to know this extensions. If you are curious you may find it interesting to know that CST stands for Comic Story and CPG for Comic Page.

Yes, in the past Manga Studio was called Comic Studio. Anyway, I had to figure out how to get my page into a story. You can see how this works in this little video I made on the fly, while I was solving my little problem:

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3 thoughts on “How To Import An Existing Page Into A Story In Manga Studio

  • Mike Rhodes

    Great tip!

    If you have EX, and want to copy a page from a lower resolution (let’s say 150 dpi) to an higher one (for example 600 dpi), and if you just import a page, the page retains its original resolution. But there is a good work-around: Materials!

    This won’t copy rulers or panel rulers, but works okay on any drawing layer and text (with or without balloons). Select all the layers on the “origin” story page. Now from the layers palette, click on the “Group Layers” menu item. In the dialog box that appears, give your group a memorable name and (optional) choose 8-bit [color] from the display options.

    Open up your Materials palette. Find a folder named “User” open that folder and then click on the “New Folder” icon and name your new folder “PageMover.”

    Sometimes, I have to close the User Folder and then reopen it to properly see the Destination folder.

    Now just click and drag the Group on the Layers Palette to the PageMover folder in the Materials Palette.

    You can go to File->revert to go back to the last saved version of your page (prior to the grouping).

    All that remains is to open up your Destination story file, go to the page that’s the destination for the group that was just copied into the Materials palette, drag the origin page group from the Materials to the destination page and Presto! there’s your low-res page on a higher res page.

    Ungroup the layers, and to resize multiple drawing layers, just click on the box to the right of the “Eye” icon so there’s a check there after making your selection. Choose to Move and Transform to scale the selection, make sure the preserve aspect ration box is checked. Now just resize the selection to the size you want it to be and all the selected layers will also be transformed.

    Text and word balloons will have to be manually adjusted, however.

    This is a fast way to move pages around that are in a rough or semi-finished pencilled state to a different sized (either in DPI or dimensions) pages.

    If the inks are vector, then they should scale better than raster-inks. And any color flats should work fine in this method. However, double check any tones, as they may have to be reset a bit if you’re down sizing.

    Once all the copying from the materials to the destination file is finished, delete all the pages from the Material folder so all traces of your deeds are eliminated.

    • Mario Post author

      Hey Mike,

      Thank you very much for your 2 cents (actually this are $ 2,-) on this topic. It’s always great to have a work around for details like that. Especially when I didn’t think about this in the first place.

      • Mike Rhodes

        All that was discovered because of my needing to redo artwork from web resolution to Print resolution (72 ppi to 300 ppi) for some web comics I was prepping.

        Here’s a link to the final results of the work, all done in Manga Studio:

        It’s my blog, and now I’m going to have to update it (over the weekend probably).

        And thank-you for all the info you’ve shared. Made many things easier for me.