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Manga Toning Tutorial by blix-it Manga Toning Tutorial by blix-it
This is the first tutorial I've ever written! :D If there are questions or confusions, do comment and say. I'll help the best I can.

Enjoy!
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:icontomiri94:
TOMIRI94 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Useful!
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TjadAal Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Question Question , must we change the bitmap back into Grey tone?
or we dont need to that?
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blix-it Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
Depends on your line art I think! If your line art is also bitmap, then you don't need to change it back.

My lines frequently are pencil, so I stick with grayscale.
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TjadAal Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I'm thinking of changing to PNG type image:icondesucraiplz:
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OsmanicArtz Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
Awesome Tutorial very very nice :)
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mrol Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome tutorial! :D Now I just need to wait until Christmas to recieve my pentablet and I can start my manga series!
THANKYOUU SO MUCH <3
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vleugjesanne Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
how does this work for photoshop elements 9, i can't find the halftone screen thingy, please help :tears:
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:iconblix-it:
blix-it Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
Sorry I don't know how Elements works. 8(
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:iconvleugjesanne:
vleugjesanne Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
okay, thanks
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ShindoStabler Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This tutorial helped immensely and saved me a lot of time. Thank you! :)
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blix-it Featured By Owner May 21, 2012
Oh, I'm so glad it saved you time and was instructive! :hug:
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Apinoru-chan Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
um...hey there~ i really wanted to learn how to do this because i'm learning how to make a 'web-manga' :iconkittyglompplz: but unfortunately i don't have Photoshop for some reason...all i have is Paint tool Sai...can u please have a tutorial of this using Sai? It woud really be a great help! :icononegaiplz:
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blix-it Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012
8< Sorry, I'm not sure how to do dot tones in Sai. You might try to download a copy of gimp or deleter comicworks if you can't get photoshop.
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Apinoru-chan Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
um..then i really need to download photoshop right?...problem is, i'm not rich enough to buy photoshop...;[...can u help, pls?
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Marvsamune Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks this help me a lot!!!!!
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makii-chi Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011  Student General Artist
by chance can be applied in photoshop portable? I have a cs5 ... certainly very good tutorial :D
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zomgitserin Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Student Digital Artist
* 3 * Oh this was really helpful~! It may be that I am stupid, but I get a little confused around the bitmap part. I have all my greyscales in separate layers, and when I copy them and paste into a new file like you said and convert to bit map...I'm not really sure what to do? If I paste it back into the layer it has white and it covers everything up.

I think I'm misunderstanding or doing something wrong...:iconotlplz:

Also...is there a way that I can get smaller looking dots? Mine look bigger than yours for some reason. D':
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Dissension-7 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011  Student General Artist
This is great!
Thanks! :heart:
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RasberrySnowcake314 Featured By Owner May 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This may be a pretty stupid question, BUT WHATEVA! Do your scans come in totally perfect to tone or do you have to draw over it with a tablet (ect) and then tone?
Loved the tutorial, it really helped me out!
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blix-it Featured By Owner May 28, 2011
No, not usually. I have to edit my scans. XD

There are two main ways to get lineart to be tone ready.

If you ink (as in your lineart is only black and white), then use your scanner's b/w bitmap option, scanning at a minimum of 600dpi. That will produce pretty nice, crisp lineart for toning.

But I don't usually ink (the toned image in the tutorial is not drawn by me). So I scan my pencil art and in photoshop, I go to Image > Adjustments > Levels and change the far left and far right arrows in the level chart until I get a result with darker darks and lighter lights.
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RasberrySnowcake314 Featured By Owner May 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Holy cow, THANK YOU! So. Much. You rock!
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blix-it Featured By Owner May 28, 2011
oh did you try the suggestions out? c: which was helpful?
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RasberrySnowcake314 Featured By Owner May 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Both pretty much worked (although there are still those little black dots from the scan, but I can make those disappear on my own) ^^ Thanks so much!
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Innerclick Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Great job on the Tutorial I like the background it makes me focus on your work
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blix-it Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011
lol, the background is good until DA changes the background color once again. :P
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cherry-charity-chan Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011  Hobbyist
-fav- thank you :) I'm always interested in learning from tutorials ^^
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blix-it Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011
oAo I hope that it is helpful for you then! <3
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cherry-charity-chan Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011  Hobbyist
I hope it will be <3
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The-Seventh-Gate Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Student General Artist
So i was looking for random tutorials and i was looking at this one and then i realized OMG its by Blix-it!!! lol
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maylin86 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This is what I've kinda been looking for. Thank you! :D :la:
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Blak-Foxx Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey great tut ^_^

was wondering how you use the cgtextures um, textures xD in Photoshop on manga without getting a weird amateurish look? o:
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blix-it Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010
lol, define "weird amateurish look" and I might be able to help you with that. O_o;;;
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Blak-Foxx Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow you replied already ? xD
I mean like, where the texture looks distorted or disproportioned, I dun want that D8

I really wanna get a professional look going for my manga.

oh and epic ^_^
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WolfyBliss Featured By Owner May 19, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have trouble reading it u_u but it looks like a good tutorial :)
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blix-it Featured By Owner May 19, 2010
You have trouble reading the text?

If so, you could try printing it out. 8D
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WolfyBliss Featured By Owner May 20, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah the text that's covered with the backround :( It covers some of the letters and I can't comprehend what it's saying XD I think I might try zooming in or something *0*! haha :)
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RageChanTheYaoiFan Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010
thank you so much!
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Sedion Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009  Student Filmographer
This tutorial is very helpful.I couldnt thank you enough for this one.?I've been looking all over for a toning tutorial on photoshop...thankyou thankyou thankyou.:D
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ErU-ErU-ErUuU Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009  Student Digital Artist
i soooo need this :love:
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:iconblix-it:
blix-it Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009
X3 I hope it helps you. If you have confusions, just ask. ^^
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Earthsong-chan Featured By Owner May 31, 2009
OMG THIS IS AMAZING!!! lol It's so usefull!!
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GoddessOfTheRain Featured By Owner May 31, 2009  Student General Artist
I LOVE YOU. O.O

Some other deviants were trying to explain how to do the halftone crap, but I never got it! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS TUTORIAL!! : D This will DEFINATELY help with my webcomic!!!!
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kierena Featured By Owner May 8, 2009  Student General Artist
My state didn't get any of Kat and mouse past vol. 2. I loved the series and have been looking for more of it. Any suggestions?
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AngelJasiel Featured By Owner May 4, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
its amazing and easy, thank you so much :heart:
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:iconblix-it:
blix-it Featured By Owner May 8, 2009
I'm really glad it was helpful to you! 8D More people need to realize toning is completely easy and awesome with just photoshop. <3
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AngelJasiel Featured By Owner May 11, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yes =D, manga studio its a little difficult to use
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SailorRocket Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really good!! :O_o:
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blix-it Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009
thank you! >3< I hope the tutorial is useful to you.
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SailorRocket Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I hope so too! I'm wanting to make a one-page doujinshi for ~Clorisita and I have Photoshop and all, but I didn't know how to tone it or anything. ^^; Do you know if I can download tone patterns too? I know you can in Manga Studio, but I can't stand Manga Studio. :disbelief: Or at least Debut 3...^^;
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blix-it Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2009
I dunno. There's prolly loads of them on deviantart! XD

photoshop will do for dot patters
for natural textures I go to cgtextures.com

If there's a certain tone you have in mind though, I could maybe send you something. 8D Since I have the plugins and programs I mentioned in the tutorial here on my computer.
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