What is a Raster Layer?

What is a Raster Layer?

H ere is a typical Manga Studio user’s problem: Raster… or… Vector…? Have you ever struggled with this question? I know I have! And I also know I’m not alone in this…

Many of us have been really wondering… Which ones are better? Which ones to use? How to decide when and how? Well, I’ve prepared a series of two little videos that will reveal to you all the unsolved mysteries that these two wonderful tools have been keeping from you.

Are you ready to learn the truth?

The following text is a transcript from the video above. You can go ahead and watch it. It will be easier to understand and it will take only a few minutes of your time. But if you are old school and prefer to do all the reading, feel free to do so!

 

Raster Layers

There are two types of layers in Manga Studio: Raster Layers and Vector Layers. Today, we are going to review the later. Raster Layers can be created by clicking the second icon from the left.

Raster Layer in Manga Studio / Clip Studio Paint

Raster Layer in Manga Studio / Clip Studio Paint

A Raster Layer is a layer where everything that is drawn on it will be made of Pixels. Pixels are tiny squares, filled with a solid color. They are so small and so many that together they make the illusion of an image.

Pixels in a Manga Studio Raster Layer

Pixels in a Manga Studio Raster Layer

It is easy to see them when we zoom the document to its maximum. When we draw a line, what the software will do is color the pixels on a way that from a distance will look like a line.

In a transparent layer the pixels will be colorless, while in a layer that has a color selected, they will be already colored.

The number of pixels available will depend on the settings we choose when we first create a document. That can be defined by the Resolution. Dpi stands for dots per inch–a printing term that indicates the number of printed dots that will appear in one square inch of paper. For our drawing purposes, the dpi can be thought as the number of pixels.

Resolution in dpi in Manga Studio / Clip Studio Paint

Resolution in dpi in Manga Studio / Clip Studio Paint

Therefore, the larger the number of dpi, the more pixels we will have to work with, and the closer we will be able to get to the illustration without losing quality. It will also mean that the file will be bigger, and the computer will work slower.

Using Raster Layers is convenient because of its simplicity. We can use the provided painting tools and color the pixels, forming our work. The big drawback of this type of layers, is that the resolution will always be limited to what was set up at the document creation.

Example of how Raster Layers can be much more free to work with color

Example of how Raster Layers can be much more free to work with color

Raster Layers can be decreased in resolution, but if increased back, the level of detail will be lost, and the new pixels will interpolate the color from the small resolution, making the image blurred and pixelated.

Resolution in dpi in Manga Studio / Clip Studio Paint

Resolution in dpi in Manga Studio / Clip Studio Paint

It is always recommended to work in a high resolution and then lower it to meet the output requirements.

Remember that I said at the beginning that we could create two types of Layers in Manga Studio? The second type of Layers we can create are the Vector Layers. I will show you all about them in this post.

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Sayuri
murasaki@sama-sama-studio.com

I am an illustrator and a comic artist. I like to do character designs and play the harp.

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