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COMIC+MANGA Bitmap Halftoning

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Published: October 21, 2008
© 2008 - 2019 fox-orian
This new tutorial is what I'm using for my graphic novel project: SYNTHESIS. Take a look to see this kind of half-toning used on finished pages!

CHECK OUT SYNTHESIS HERE: [link]

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This tutorial is all about getting control over the halftone patterns on a page intended for printing and screen viewing. The settings outlined in the tutorial help you define a specific look, as laser printers by default do not halftone, but instead apply a dot-matrix dither that frankly just doesn't cut it.

This is really only a tutorial on how to create a printable and authentic halftone screen, not Manga Screen Tones. Manga Screen Tones usually have a lot of pre-fabricated patterns and designs [such as those incredibly cliche yet popular glowing feathers] that this tutorial won't help you create. Besides, things are always better when you create them yourself! And thats what this is designed to help you with.

Give it a read and learn something!

Important Note About DPI Setting: The parameters outlined in the tutorial are intended for 600DPI documents. If you're using 300DPI, you may have to half the parameters to get the same sized halftone patterns as the tutorial.
My recommendation is to use 600DPI if you intend on making a comic -- 600DPI documents are a good flexible size!




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RDunLao's avatar
Es genial ;A; Pero no uso PSD ;_; 
X-Kaitz's avatar
X-KaitzHobbyist
Nunca es tarde para aprender a usarlo (?)
DavidBonilla's avatar
DavidBonillaStudent Digital Artist
awesome tutorial, you know how to make a pixelation effect on lines without losing resolution?
CosCieGryzie's avatar
I love you for this.
mg78's avatar
mg78Hobbyist Digital Artist
thx, very usefull
PhoverOneTwo's avatar
PhoverOneTwoProfessional Digital Artist
thanx a lot for the tips!
eiermann1952's avatar
lifesaver, tx a lot !!!! : )
i used it to create a floordesign for a building.
cheetackey's avatar
cheetackeyHobbyist Artist
what would i make my page size for it though?
not like it has anything to do with this but-
im not sure hhh
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kagekabukiHobbyist General Artist
This is so wonderful, looks SO much easier than faffing about with patterns and brushes and trawling through screentone after screentone, I've had such a nightmare trying to sort my comic out for both web and print :') It might take me a while to get my head around the print vs. screen settings but I'll give it a go! THANK YOU! 
Moisel's avatar
Your tutorials are really great. Thanks for taking the time!
MissCaptainAlex's avatar
MissCaptainAlexProfessional General Artist
This is awesome!! Thank you so much for posting this!
geoBRS's avatar
geoBRSHobbyist Digital Artist
AMazing!! :thumbsup:
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Fluffy0w0DemonStudent Traditional Artist
Thank you ^w^
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KathrynWilkinsProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you soooo much.
cinyu's avatar
cinyuHobbyist Digital Artist
Hello!
I featured your tutorial in #AnimeCommunity tutorial feature journal: [link] :aww:
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vertus-design-beingProfessional Interface Designer
Thank you so much! Always wanted to know, how it's done.
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fROSEn24Professional Digital Artist
i have a problem. once i convert my shading image to bitmap it wont let me copy the shading to be able to move over to the other document with the lineart. its like the option is faded out. please help
POSEIdOON's avatar
Thank you so much for this tutorial!
Merry Christmas :)
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maxmblk66Professional Digital Artist
this still seems complicated, but its a start. thanks
houteian's avatar
houteianHobbyist Digital Artist
This is really helpful, thank you!
A-D-I-L's avatar
waaaaaaaaaw that was amazing really good tips thank you man^^
jimalgar's avatar
jimalgarProfessional Digital Artist
Thanks for this, I've been looking for exactly this information on halftoning for a couple of days!
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crowladeeHobbyist Digital Artist
I have a question,
how do you copy and paste the halftone image?
I did everything up to that point and I don't know how to do it
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