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Golden Age Tutorial
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Published: August 6, 2009
This is a panel from a webcomic I do. If you like this, go check it out: I Was Kidnapped By Lesbian Pirates From Outer Space!!!

I read a similar tutorial a few months ago, but when I tried it, it didn't work. So I messed around until I found something that worked for me.

If you want to follow along, I put up the elements for the tutorial here.

So, this tutorial requires a bit of pre-existing Photoshop knowledge. The alpha channels are usually the biggest hurdle. But once you figure them out, you'll be using them for everything.

EDIT [February 16th, 2010]: I've been learning a lot more about CMYK as I've been using this technique more and more myself. The red type contains my tips for making this EVEN BETTER!

And because so many people have asked, Photoshop is the only thing I know of that can do this. And it works best the larger the image is. I work at 450dpi, 7" x 10".

EDIT [February 21, 2010]: I recorded a video of myself using this technique! [link]
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Skoft's avatar
Skoft|Student Digital Artist
i used it here!
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thanks a bunch for the tutorial, it was very helpful!
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Caoscreator's avatar
Nice tutorial. Really cool effect. Thanks for sharing
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Speedslide's avatar
... This... I can't thank you enough... BRILLIANT!
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Neillustrations|Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the new style trick. Here's my application: neillustrations.deviantart.com…

I worked too large and my lines were thin enough that it's hard to see the details. I could have made the halftone pixel number a little higher. But I'm still happy with the result.
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tspeecestudios|Professional General Artist
This tutorial is so much fun, and not at all terrifying after the first few screw-ups in the Channels section. [link] :)
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xoskell's avatar
That's awesome man
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asclives's avatar
Really great tutorial you've put together here
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DeixTobiallyaoi|Student General Artist
fantastic tutorial! thank you!
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Tankitha|Professional Artist
Wow. This is amazing. Good job.
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paintmarvels|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing work my friend!

two questions, whats the size of the original draw (The black and white draw)
and when you finished the draw in colors and close the photoshop in what format you save it? (i mean png, jpg, cymk???)

Thanks for your time and excuse my english!!!
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paintmarvels|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing work my friend!

two questions, whats the size of the original draw (The black and white draw)
and when you finished the draw in colors and close the photoshop in what format you save it? (i mean png, jpg, cymk???)

Thanks for your time and excuse my english!!!
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Anthrax451's avatar
This is just amazing, thank you
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NekoNyan08's avatar
This is amazing! I always wondered how you did that!
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BuzzyBuzz|Student Interface Designer
This is awesome, thanks for making this!
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deadrabbit13|Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm going to have to try this out. Definitely better than than just constantly making adjustments to my palette and basically winging it for that look. Thank you very much for this.
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TheHarlequinWitch|Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is awesome thank you!
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ladyyatexel| General Artist
This looks like fun, I'm excited to try this!
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petxis|Professional General Artist
super favourite. Thanks.
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JodeOnslow|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really nice effect and tutotial.
I'll have to give this a go sometime.
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Krismas83|Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really neat I can't wait to try it out thanks for posting :)
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victoranomalous's avatar
Oh! I do my comic a lil different here but I really want to integrate some of these techniques now!

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rosalarian|Professional Digital Artist
I like your style. Your comic is on my to-read list now.
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EmpressFunk|Professional Digital Artist
This tutorial is wonderful, thank you so much! I was actually looking to do a pieced based on the style of Golden Age Comics, and this is perfect. I used it for practice here: [link]
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