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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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:iconbakufunthetyphlosion:
BakufunTheTyphlosion Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015  New Deviant
WHOA. That speed line is actually pretty neat.
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:iconchrispybacon3:
chrispybacon3 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah! I worked out the brush. I was confused at first because the brush preview was a uniform shape, but then I realised that pen pressure has to be selected for size. That way the brush preview starts small, goes thicker and then back to small again (as pictured in the tutorial).
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JustAGirlOnline Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I had just noticed this now while I was browsing through your gallery, for old times sake...and I went back into your older works from 2011 to try and confirm what I thought.

Was this Cacturne you drew in this tutorial supposed to replace Steve in the short Nuzlocke challenges you did for Pokemon Ruby? I think I can see the chip in those blackglasses!
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TamarinFrog Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
You have a sharp eye. Yes! He indeed was a replacement for Steve in my nuzlocke. I still kinda want to draw the final E4 fights of them. :)
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DarkSaber13 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I have been looking for this for like 45 minutes- I't's awesome, thank you so much! :D
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:icontamarinfrog:
TamarinFrog Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Ah, glad to hear you found it helpful. :D
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:iconguardian-flame:
Guardian-Flame Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
At long last I know how to do manga style pictures... Thank you. :D
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:iconmantrix-sama:
Mantrix-Sama Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ummm... Dis is kinda a stupid question but, does this work on Photoshop CS3?
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:icontamarinfrog:
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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:iconmantrix-sama:
Mantrix-Sama Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! Dis probably will help a lot!
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:icontamarinfrog:
TamarinFrog Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
No problem! I hope it will!
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:iconmo-the-half:
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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:icontamarinfrog:
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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:iconmo-the-half:
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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:icontamarinfrog:
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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:iconmo-the-half:
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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:icontamarinfrog:
TamarinFrog Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
No problem. :)
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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
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:icontamarinfrog:
TamarinFrog Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Glad to hear you found this helpful. :)
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Ken-the-Eagle 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
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Rainbowkenjacat Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the tutorial
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:iconraz-manga:
Raz-Manga Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
thank you for tutorial.
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mangekyoushar Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014
thanks muy bro
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:iconpkmnartist:
PkmnArtist Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013
cool tutorial! :D
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blackCRYSTALeyes Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
really great :) thanks
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samuelskanvis Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
This seems insanely useful, thankyou for making this!
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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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:iconsedonna:
Sedonna Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Student Digital Artist
If it's not a problem, could you please tell me how exactly you created that brush you used for the lineart in the tutorial? :3
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:icontamarinfrog:
TamarinFrog Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It's very simple. Just choose the basic default hard brush in photoshop and raise its "scatter" to about 70%.
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:iconsedonna:
Sedonna Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Student Digital Artist
alright, thank you :la:
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SuperHyperHedgey Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Student General Artist
NIOSJWNBN LS: Thank you this was very helpful! I want to use it for future comics.
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ShadowNight9 Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Student Artist
to small but wow
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Jutopa Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just made a drawing using this tutorial... IT TURNED OUT FRIGGIN AWESOME! THANKS!!!
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:icontamarinfrog:
TamarinFrog Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Great! Nice to hear this tutorial was useful. :D
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Dragnia Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Student General Artist
Holy fruggen fudgeckes. This is a fantastic tutorial o__o Thank you so much for it!!! <3
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:icontamarinfrog:
TamarinFrog Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome! Glad to hear you found it useful. :D
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Dragnia Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Student General Artist
Of course of course x3 thanks again~
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ChaosMonkeyATG Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I should practice with this. Thanks bra.
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PinkRose3101 Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Student General Artist
WHAAAAA???? I never imagined speedlines could be made so easily!! :squee: Thank you SO much!! :icondragonglomp:
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Cilvia-Zie Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow, this is wonderful! This tutorial really helps me! Thank you so much!
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chrispybacon3 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, the speedlines part blew my mind! It's amazing how simple it is to do some of those Photoshop tricks! Great tutorial, as usual. I need to practice using textures and such.

For the line art part for Cacturne I think the line, "The sketch as your guide, draw the line art." could be improved as "With the sketch as your guide, draw the line art." It's nothing drastic, but it just stood out to me as odd.

Anyway, thanks for the tutorial and shedding more of your helpful tips (and that other person's speed lines) on Photoshop in simple and easy to understand presentation. :D
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Saya-Aria Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
Very helpful. Thanks for posting!
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RemyRamz Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I can't seem to make my brush do that, it makes these...circles and stuff.
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TamarinFrog Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hmm... Strange. You sure the spacing is only 77%? If it's too much, it creates spots.
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RemyRamz Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I played around with it, and I might need to update my photoshop to a newer version. May I ask what version you use here?
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TamarinFrog Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I use photoshop CS5
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:iconremyramz:
RemyRamz Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I saw that after I posted, very sorry about that. ^^;; I'll post up what I'm doing once it's done!
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Blueberry39V Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Student General Artist
This is a really helpful tutorial. The explanations you provided were easy to follow and easy to understand. Thank you for doing this. :)
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Axel230 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Now how did I missed a tutorial?! :noes:
That brush technique is awesome, will surely come in handy :D.
Wow! I never thought halftones could be that useful o.O (Same for noise, now I gotta try those filters).
Final result: Mein got!!! And you're telling me this isn't some scan from a manga? :wow:
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Mary042 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Student Digital Artist
omg! you don't have any idea about how much you did help me: [link]
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