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Simple Manga Style Tutorial by TamarinFrog Simple Manga Style Tutorial by TamarinFrog
What's this? I uploaded that dewott picture to tumblr and people seemed to like it and I was asked if I could make a tutorial about this style. I think I was asked the same way back when I used this style the first time. Eek! Well, better late than never. So, here is s little warm up before those bigger tutorials I were promising.

This is my third tutorial and I hope I made it clear and simple enough to follow. English is not my first language so let me know if you see any bad mistakes. ^^;

I used photoshop CS5. These should work in older and of course in newer versions. As for other programs such as SAI, I can't help you, sorry.

This is NOT the only way to make halftones in photoshop but it's my favourite way. It does require you to be in grayscale mode (otherwise results are VERY bright colorful dots) but it doesn't bug me too much (especially if you are making a black/white picture like here). You can also make halftones with a filter effect (Filter>Sketch>halftone pattern) or playing in bitmap mode (that's a bit more complicated. I recommend to look halftone tutorials if you are interested in it.) And do note that smaller the final resized picture, the harder the dots are to see so keep that in mind when you think what size you want them to be.

Use 'em! About 99% of my textures are from CGTextures, [link] . They have excellent selection of various textures. AND FOR FREE! You only need to register on site but it's free and I have NEVER got any Email spam from them. There is also 15Mb download limit per day but I've never ran out of that either.

Speed lines
The trick I showed you here is something I learned recently thanks to this very helpful tutorial, [link]
GO AND CHECK IT! It has more about how to create that dot brush and more tips and tricks on how to make different speed lines! Very useful!

If you have any questions, feel free to ask. I'll do my best to answer. :D
My last tip is of course to read manga to see what kind of shading and style are commonly used in them. And if you do make something with the help of this, feel free to send me a link in comments! I would love to see. :D Thanks for reading and hopefully this was somewhat useful.
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Kyoky-San Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have been trying to figure out for ages how people make the digital art look like it's on paper... THANK YOU
TamarinFrog Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Glad to hear you found this helpful. :)
WonderingBlueJay Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the tutorial
I have been looking for something to help me color in Grascale and this is helpfull
Rainbowkenjacat Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the tutorial
Kenichi-Kageharu Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you for tutorial.
mangekyoushar Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014
thanks muy bro
PkmnArtist Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013
cool tutorial! :D
blackCRYSTALeyes Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
really great :) thanks
samuelskanvis Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Student Filmographer
This seems insanely useful, thankyou for making this!
Spirit-Seer-of-Water Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This looks amazing. Thank you so much for making this!!!
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