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Manga BG Tutorial

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Background tutorial for simple 5 minute backgrounds in photoshop.

Also check out my other tutorial on making manga pages: [link]

Just in case you were wondering, the sample page was page 7&8 from chapter 4 of my manga, The Sixth Bar. I don't want to make this a plug for my manga, but since this tutorial has turned into my most viewed deviation overnight... READ TSB!

Chapter 1:[link]
Chapter 2:[link]
Chapter 3:[link]
Chapter 4:[link]
Chapter 5:[link]
Chapter 6:[link]
Chapter 7:[link]
Chapter 8:[link]
Chapter 9:[link]
Chapter 10:[link]
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DaJiF's avatar
This is amazing! Thank you :heart:
keitone's avatar
I feel like I understand all the basics to perspective but when it comes to applying them, I feel all lost.. I don't know where to place the horizon line or how to arrange elements in the picture in a way that avoids appearing very cramped. I really don't understand backgrounds at all.. how do you when to stick with a solid color vs. when to add something to the background.. Also there are times when the perspective lines are not the same for all objects in the picture.. ex.. one object may have converging lines disappearing to the left and another below or above or to the left... Can you even do that? 
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My best advice would be to experiment and practice using different arrangements of horizon lines.
As for when to do bgs vs. solid color backgrounds, I typically try to avoid solid color bgs as much as I can, but sometimes they are necessary - for dramatic scenes, revelations and such.
There are more complex ways to use vanishing points (having 2 vanishing points in an image), but this is more advanced. i may cover this in another tutorial someday. But yes, it can be done.
keitone's avatar
thank you so much verticalfish I'll keep that in mind the next time I draw backgrounds! :) 
JessYukiOnna's avatar
Thank you so much for this! ^^
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kenecya's avatar
Thank you :)//
Very useful tutorial*~*
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Encyclone's avatar
How do you duplicate, flip and paste the half that you did?
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Select all (Ctrl+A)
Copy (Ctrl + C)
Paste (Ctrl + V)
Encyclone's avatar
Thank you very much!
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wzupkid's avatar
OMG you don't know how much that helped!!
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I'm glad it did!
NinjaToast23's avatar
nice, i learned this in art class but it was a nice refresher :D
innocent-rebel's avatar
this is really awesome. Thank you. :)
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NatalieBrownie's avatar
These are really gonna help, thanks :D
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secretuniverse's avatar
Learning from you is like the best thing ever.
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