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COMIC+MANGA Bitmap Halftoning by fox-orian COMIC+MANGA Bitmap Halftoning by 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!


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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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Given 2008-11-27
COMIC+MANGA Bitmap Halftoning by =fox-orian is a thorough and informative tutorial that will teach the popular technique to apply texture and shade to drawings by the use of halftone gradients,hence re-creating the effects that are given by laser printers. ( Featured by znow-white )
X-Kaitz Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2017  Hobbyist
RDunLao Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2017
Es genial ;A; Pero no uso PSD ;_; 
X-Kaitz Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2017  Hobbyist
Nunca es tarde para aprender a usarlo (?)
DavidBonilla Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2016  Student Digital Artist
awesome tutorial, you know how to make a pixelation effect on lines without losing resolution?
CosCieGryzie Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2016
I love you for this.
mg78 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thx, very usefull
PhoverOneTwo Featured By Owner May 6, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
thanx a lot for the tips!
eiermann1952 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015
lifesaver, tx a lot !!!! : )
i used it to create a floordesign for a building.
cheetackey Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist 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
kagekabuki Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Hobbyist 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 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014
Your tutorials are really great. Thanks for taking the time!
MissCaptainAlex Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
This is awesome!! Thank you so much for posting this!
geoBRS Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AMazing!! :thumbsup:
Fluffy0w0Demon Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you ^w^
KathrynWilkins Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you soooo much.
cinyu Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I featured your tutorial in #AnimeCommunity tutorial feature journal: [link] :aww:
vertus-design-being Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Thank you so much! Always wanted to know, how it's done.
fROSEn24 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Professional 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 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
Thank you so much for this tutorial!
Merry Christmas :)
maxmblk66 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
this still seems complicated, but its a start. thanks
rieule Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really helpful, thank you!
A-D-I-L Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
waaaaaaaaaw that was amazing really good tips thank you man^^
jimalgar Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for this, I've been looking for exactly this information on halftoning for a couple of days!
crowladee Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Hobbyist 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
imaginary-rose Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012   Writer
So helpful! Thanks for uploading
dtConfect Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'll be looking at this later. I've put off learnign how to draw digitally for too long, and this will complement my toolset nicely ^^
Indigirl-Studios Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
O__O So much information. I'm saving this to favorites so I can reference it later. Good work!
retareq Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much for this awesome tutorial.
PrincessYoshi Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012
verry Helpful, I'm going to try this and possibly fix some of my Pages.
thatrubberducky26 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012
wow very nice c:
zkzkan Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011
I actually love you for this!
zed29 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011
Excellent and very helpful. Thank you so much.
Kamui85 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011
Thank you
skyramiel Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
What software are you using?
UsayFudo Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Student General Artist
Awesome tutorial :D
zepten Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
my photoshop doesn't have the option 'halftone screen'
Slayer-1412 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Trashe-Trav Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Professional General Artist
Rad tutorial! I miss using the real stuff but this is much cheaper!! Cheers!
ebo2 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011
This is amazing. Thank you so much!
BEImprinted Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011
Thank you for this! I always love advise on half-toning.

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LovelyMarionette Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is great, helped a lot! :D
Musashi-Twist Featured By Owner May 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I will definitely try to utilize this method next time! This was a very clear and informative tutorial and I'm glad you made it!
rinfiora Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011  Hobbyist
Truly helpful~ :heart:
LaynaFeynreique Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011
thank you so very much for your tutorial. i learned a lot and it saved my life, as far as art is concerned. again and again, thank you! :]
FreckleOnMyPalm Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011  Professional General Artist
Once more a very very useful tutorial and this is something I will definitely be playing around with in the near future^^
sebo3e Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011
very good!
hampto18 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011  Student Interface Designer
Noice Tut !!!! ; 0
Princess-Suki-W Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010
Great tutorial thanx a lot for sharing!!! :hug:
ambie-lee-smiley Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you for this, it was so incredibly helpful! :D
ChiiKei Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This seems like such a cool tutorial, but I can never get it to work - the dots are always far too big or far too small. I just don't know what I'm doing wrong, haha. But wanted to say thanks anyway - this is the best tutorial I've found. <3
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