Whoops, not an Ashes page this week! There have been several factors that delayed my work on Eryl, and the biggest one is that my computer has all but broken down. I usually use a Macbook Pro, a five year-old laptop that, until recently, ran like a dream. But! The battery is shot, and it might have picked up a virus. The nearest Apple store is about 2hrs drive from me, and what with holidays and the fact that I live in mini-Siberia, USA (aka Western NY) where winter roads are often treacherous to travel, there’s no telling when I can take it in to be fixed. So I’ve spent the last couple weeks shifting my most important files, palettes, and other stuff to my Surface 3.
Here’s the catch: my Surface can’t handle Photoshop. And even if it could, I own the MAC version of PS5. If I want it on a Windows tablet, I’d have to buy it all over again. But Manga Studio 5 / Clip Studio Paint (same program, they changed their name, but since the icon on my desktop says MANGA STUDIO, that’s what I still call it) is much more accommodating, and one purchase works on both Mac and Windows.
Unfortunately, the transition process is a little rough. I need to learn to work with Manga Studio’s limitations, and of course lost all my presets from Photoshop, including all the texture brushes I’d become so familiar with. Finishing off the last few pages of Eryl shouldn’t be too hard- I can reuse a lot of the backgrounds, and if I need to paint new ones, I can probably copy over texture layers and manipulate them into looking consistent. There’s just going to be a bit of a learning curve.