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Manga Studio Rulers Help by 888toto Manga Studio Rulers Help by 888toto
Welcome to the wierd world of manga studio rulers. If you find them taking control randomly of what you are doing, and you can't delete them or make them do what you need... Don't give up... here is what you need to know...

The numbers in brackets in this help refer to the red numbered areas in the picture above

In the screenshot above there are three rulers each in a different place. One is in the Rulers group (4) one is in a ruler sub layer of layer 3 (3) and one is hidden away within layer 2 (5). The hidden one happens when you create a ruler while a drawing layer is selected in the layers palette. Avoid it by either selecting a ruler layer first or by moving the hidden ruler into a sublayer of the drawing layer ....Just by clicking the checkbox in the layer properties (1)

Starting out..
When starting out keep it simple by clicking the ruler group (6) which pops up a box where you select to create a ruler layer. Place your ruler in this layer and only put one ruler in each ruler layer. Hide the ruler layer when you don't need them. Show a ruler layer when you want to use it and delete the ruler layer when you no longer need it....simple ! The rulers in the Rulers group (6) will control all drawing layers when that ruler is "Active" and "Visible".

Advanced users...
If you use a ruler that is a sublayer or within a drawing layer it only affects that one layer (and only when the ruler is visible and active). If you insist on leaving the ruler hidden inside a layer then you can show and hide the ruler with the checkbox (7)

The wierd rules of Rulers
a) a ruler is active when its icon (2) is highlighted by a surrounding box. you can make that type of ruler active (or inactive) by clicking the icon, or it will become active automatically if you click on the ruler with the selection tool (e.g. if you move the ruler).
b) A ruler only operqates if it is visible and it is active
c) only one ruler will be active at a time... if a second ruler becomes active then the first ruler will become inactive.
d) The pattern brushes and the brush pen ignore symmetry rulers ( no idea why ?? )
e)The text tool, the vector line tools, the fill and gradient tool ignore all rulers. The blend and burn tools do not work at all if a ruler is active.
f) The eraser tool is particularly wierd: Its movement is not controlled by the active ruler but it only erases if you by chance run the eraser in the same direction as the ruler ;-(

Deleting Rulers
This has foxed many people.... if you select a ruler in any way and press delete... nothing happens. If you right click on a ruler there is never a delete to choose from.. On the Ruler menu there is no delete option do you get rid of them ???
a) If you always only store one ruler per ruler layer then just delete that layer ...simple
b) otherwise you select the node on the Ruler (8) to highlight the Ruler in red and then right click... there is then an option called "Cut Layers" ... click this and it is removed to the clipboard........ just don't paste it back

Don't let all this put you off.... The rulers are really useful and not difficult if you follow the method in "Starting out" above.

I'll leave the detail on adjusting perspective rulers to another time... but I leave you with a word on the parrallel lines ruler... which is quite simply just a straight line ruler...simple and useful but seamingly difficult to use... but its actually very easy....
Don't bother trying to move the ruler to where you want it or trying to adjust the angle of the ruler... just pick your drawing tool and when you are ready hold down the CNTRL key. The icon Cursor becomes the the pointer cursor and you can drag the pointer in the direction that you would want to draw. An elastic band line appears and you can pull it easily to exactly the direction you need now release the CTRL key and your drawing cursor is back .. now when you draw it always follows that same direction . When you want to change the angle just press CTRL again and adjust...its really simple this way.

Hope you found this useful

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visualvortex Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Professional General Artist
I'm having a problem with symmetry rulers turning green & no longer working, after using another ruler on a seperate layer. What gives?
Novanim Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Professional General Artist
This was actually very useful, didn't know about little details like the possibility to hide the rulers. Thanks a lot.
BaseDeltaZero Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Ah, Deviant Art commenting, I understand this!

Maybe an odd question... is it possible to use a ruler to, you know... measure things?  Because a 'length' appears when you first make it, but it's only the current section and disappears click off it.
s4ndm4n2006 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You sound like you know quite a bit about the rulers.  Can you tell me how to find the rulers if the ruler icon is missing completely from your tools?
Trexart Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013
Just click on the blue triangle representing the ruler and drag to the trash and its gone.
Drewhand-art Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Very useful! Thank you!
manslaughter56 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
you should create a youtube video on this its really really confusing.
InsomniacOvrLrd Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I DID find this useful. Thank you!
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