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4.4 Perspective Rulers

In this lesson I'll show you how to draw quick and easy perspective drawings by applying a perspective ruler to a layer.

4.4 Perspective Rulers

Hi, welcome back, and in this lesson I'm gonna show you how to apply a perspective ruler to a layer. So if you've ever tried to draw perspective in another program, you'll know that it can be a little bit laborious, and the results can be a little bit hit and miss sometimes. But in Manga Studio, it's actually really easy. So all we have to do is create a new blank layer. And then under Layer > Ruler- frame > Create Perspective Ruler. We then have three different options. We can choose 1 point, 2 point, or 3 point perspective. So for now, I'll choose the 1 point. And when we do that, you can see we've created this ruler here. So if I select the Operation tool, select that ruler and just zoom in there, we have this blue line here, which is our horizon line. We have this blue dot here, which is our vanishing point. And we have this green square, which just moves around the whole tool. We also have these two lines which are the guides for our perspective, and that shows us where the vanishing points would go. So we can move these blue anchor points to move our guides. That has no bearing on what we're drawing. It's just basically a guide to show us how our perspective would be drawn. We can also rotate along these anchors. So if I select this little crosshair and drag it, you can see I'm rotating that. The anchor's staying fixed, but my vanishing point is actually moving, and my horizon line is moving. If I had a sketch that I was working to or a photograph that I was trying to match the perspective of, I could always turn on Fix eye level in the Tool Properties window here. So, if I tick that, if we then know where our horizon line is so we can see it in our photograph, we can drag our horizon line to the right place. We could then move our anchor point to the start of a line our existing photo or sketch. We could then rotate that line and find the correct vanishing point to correspond with our photo. If I leave it for around there now, I'll show you more options we change change in the Tool Properties. We can turn on a grid. So if we wanted to see our floor plane, we could turn on the floor grid. We could turn on the side grid to see how these lines would vanish, and we could turn on a back grid. Once we select the pen tool, we have snap turned on, so you can see every line I make. I'm not trying to make them point towards this dot. But because we have snap turned on, they're automatically all pointing like that towards our perspective. And then when I try and draw a small cube, you'll see how easy that is. Because our snap's turned on, all of our lines will all snap to perspective. So I can really easily draw a cube like that. I'll just delete this layer for now and show you how to do a 2 point perspective layer. So, again choose Ruler- Frame > Create Perspective Ruler, but this time we want 2 point perspective. Now this time we have a really similar looking tool, but if we choose it with the operation tool, you'll see that we have two vanishing points this time. So we have all the exact same options to change, but just the two vanishing points. If I choose the pencil again, you'll see how easy that is. Manga Studio also actively knows which way I am dragging my pen, so it knows which point I am trying to drag my line to. So it's really easy just to drag towards that perspective point, and it automatically will snap toward that perspective point, and then the same with that one. And drag upwards cuz it knows I'm trying to do my verticals. And then, finish that off, and we have a cube. The last option we can choose is the 3 point perspective. So, again, create a perspective ruler. Choose 3 point perspective. And this time we have, if I select that tool, two points. So, it's the exact same tool as before, except our verticals this time will all go up to this point here. So I'll show you what that does. If I get the pen tool, I can drag towards these points again. But this time when I do my vertical, it goes up towards that point. And then, we can choose towards those points and draw our verticals again. Now that gives us the impression that the object is tilted, or that we're actually really low and looking up at something really tall. In the next lesson, I'm gonna show you how to use materials.

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