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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 )
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
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