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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. ^^;

Program
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.

Halftones
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.

Textures
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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Mantrix-Sama Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ummm... Dis is kinda a stupid question but, does this work on Photoshop CS3?
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TamarinFrog Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
That is not a stupid question at all! Now let me see... Hmm... I am fairly certain that this should work on CS3. :) I have CS2 on my laptop and I think all of these settings are in it.
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Mantrix-Sama Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! Dis probably will help a lot!
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TamarinFrog Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
No problem! I hope it will!
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Mo-the-half Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Student Filmographer
My halftones seem to be distorted or the "dots" too large. I'm at 300 dpi on a 11 b 17. What should I do?
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TamarinFrog Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hmm... Sometimes you just need to try stuff out. How large is your canvas? If it is big, you need to adjust the halftone settings accordingly. It is trial and error. I use different settings almost everytime depending the picture. ;)
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Mo-the-half Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Student Filmographer
Well... I got a 11 by 17 inch on 300 resolution.
I tried 4 and 16 on the scale, they both looked really big and distorted. Going to 600 res didn't help much either...
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TamarinFrog Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Resolution has nothing to do with the dot sizes. Try changing the max radius of the color halftone settings. That decides how big the dots are.
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Mo-the-half Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Student Filmographer
Oh max radius. Didn't think of that. Ok! Thank you!
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TamarinFrog Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
No problem. :)
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