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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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BlackNekoBit Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't have the Symmetry ruler on my tools, I have the other ones only.
It came like this :c help me (I'm using Manga Studio 5 Ex)
888toto Featured By Owner Edited Jun 4, 2017
If its gone missing.. you can create a new one. ... click on a ruler tool in the ruler sub tool palette. then click the icon at the top left of the palette and select  " Create Custom Subtool"  then in the "output Process" drop down box select "Create Symmetry Ruler"  and click Ok and you should have a new symmetry riler ..... if its not in the drop down list then its because you have a very old version 5 EX and you need to take the free upgrade  ( i.e. when V5 first came out it did not have the symmetry ruler).
KatCardy Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017  Professional General Artist
thanks for this! I've been pulling my hair out all evening trying to find a way to manipulate a ruler, and this has just helped me crack it! XD 
MarcelaOliveira Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Hi! I don't have the symmetry ruler. :'( Anyone help me, pls? I use Manga Studio EX 5. If someone could export this tool (its like a back up) and send me, pls... 
stinkymoran Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2016
Hello, I just purchased Manga Studio EX 4, and I cannot get to  the ' Rasterize Panel Ruler dialog box'  which is supposed to be accessilble the drop down menu from the Main Menu under Ruler➪Panel Ruler➪Rasterize
but isn't.   If alternatively I try to access it via right clicking within the layers panel on the Panel Ruler Layer, once again, only a 'rasterize' option comes up and no 'Panel Ruler' option which would access the dialog box I need.

Any ideas?  Thanks and all the best guys.
scamble Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2015
I accidentally deleted the  symmetry ruler, in the menu is there anyway to get it back I have even gone through and reinstalled,  but every time it comes out as missing,  help!
888toto Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2015
Yes, its easy to create one from scratch.  
1) select some other ruler (assuming you have not deleted them all)
2) click the little icon in the top lefty corner of the subtool palette and in the list it displays select "Create Custom Sub Tool (N)"
3) in the window that pops up change the name to symmetry ruler or whatever you want to call it and then change the "Output Process " to    "Create a symmetrical ruler"
click OK and its done !
Michael-Sammler Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015  Hobbyist
Just started using MS5. Super useful hints. Thanks a lot. 
periodofconsequenses Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015  Hobbyist

I found this
Do you have any idea on how you can achieve this? 
Been trying but haven't figured it out yet

888toto Featured By Owner Edited Jul 14, 2015
Yes... thats the Symmetrical Ruler at work.  You need to find the palette of Rulers.... its a blue drawing triangle icon on the TOOLS palette... if you can't see it then its probably hidden behind the Frame or Saturation tools.. click on their icon and then in the Sub Tool palette you will see a folder of Ruler tools that you can open up... One of those is the symmetry ruler.  To reproduce what was in that clip you will want to go to the Tool Property palette and set the "Number of Lines" to 6. Once you have placed your ruler on the canvas then whatever you draw is reproduced  symmetrically into each quadrant. 

BTW... what a horrible set of comments on the clip you pointed to... they are all trying to eat each other.
periodofconsequenses Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2015  Hobbyist
Thank you very much! :D
norinoko Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is very helpful! There's a lot about the rulers I didn't know, including how to delete them.
Thank you so much for making this guide!
ObsidianDragoness Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Seeing as you use Manga studio as well,  I hope that you will please help me solve my dilemma.

I clicked on the symbol above the tool properties, and (out of curiosity) clicked hide tool properties, the tool properties part disappeared, as expected, but now I don't know how to get them back! What do I do?
888toto Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015
Hi... this was a tutorial posting that I made a long time ago for manga Studio v4 ( although much of it is also true for version 5).   I have not used version 4 for a while ( I just use vrersion 5), but I think its true for both versions , that the sub windows(palettes) that you see are selected from the list that you see by going to the Windows menu item at the top of the manga studio screen
ObsidianDragoness Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for your help! :D

I really appreciate it. :)
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 Digital 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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