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Let’s draw a comic!

Next, we’ll try drawing a comic with MediBang Paint.

Let’s make a comic canvas!

Now let’s try making a comic book style canvas. Tap “New canvas” on the left of the screen and select “New canva”

Selecting “New Canvas” from “New Canvas”
Caption. Selecting “New Canvas” from “New Canvas”

Selecting “New Canvas” will display a screen for configuring the details of your new canvas on the right side of the screen.

Since we’re making a comic book canvas, tap the “Comic Template” tab.

The location of the Comic Template tab.
Caption. The location of the Comic Template tab.

We’re going to make a comic book page with the A5 size, 600 dpi preset.

At 350 dpi, the starting layer is set as a color layer, while at 600 dpi it’s set as an 8-bit layer.

n 8-bit layer allows us to draw in a variety of shades of a single color (i.e. greyscale).

Color layers and 8-bit layers
Caption. Color layers and 8-bit layers

Select the “Doujinshi (A5 Size): 350dpi” preset, then select “Done” in the top-right corner.

The screen after setting up our canvas
Caption. The screen after setting up our canvas

We have now created our comic book canvas.

Let’s make some panels!

Let’s sketch out our comic and make some panels.

First off, create a separate layer from our sketch, and select the “Panel Layout Tool” from the Toolbar.

The Location of the Panel Layout Tool
Caption. The Location of the Panel Layout Tool

A panel configuration screen will appear. Set up the line thickness of the panel and tap “Done.”

The panel configuration screen
Caption. The panel configuration screen

The screen after creating the exterior panel
Caption. The screen after creating the exterior panel

We have now created an exterior panel.

Now let’s divide our drawing into panels according to our sketch.
With the Panel Layout Tool selected, tap outside the panel to be divided, and draw a line in the direction of the divide to divide it into two.

The screen after dividing one panel into two
Caption. The screen after dividing one panel into two
NOTE

The panel will not be divided if the line is not drawn fully to the outside of the panel.

Tips

We can use the “Automatic Panel Creation” feature to divide panels evenly.

This feature divides the currently selected panel in half, so you must have a panel already selected with the Manipulate Tool before using it.

We can use the Manipulate Tool to transform, move, and delete panels.

The location of the Manipulate Tool
Caption. The location of the Manipulate Tool

Select a panel with the Manipulate Tool and the panel will be surrounded by small squares.

A selected panel
Caption. A selected panel
(1) Transform panel
Drag any of the squares at the corners of the panel to transform it.
(2) Move panel
Drag any blank space inside the panel to move it.
(3) Delete panel
Click the “X” symbol found here to delete the panel.
Tips

While a panel is selected, you can change its width and the thickness of its lines from the gear symbol that appears underneath the panel.

The gear symbol that appears while a panel is selected
Caption. The gear symbol that appears while a panel is selected

Now that we’ve made some panels, let’s ink our sketch on a new layer.

Let’s add screentone!

When we’re done inking, let’s add screentone to our image.

First, select “Halftone layer” from the New Layer menu.

The location of “Halftone layer”
Caption. The location of “Halftone layer”

This will open a menu where we can configure our screentone settings. Set the line count to 60, check “Fix tone depth,” and set the depth to 30%.

The screentone settings menu
Caption. The screentone settings menu

We’re done setting up, so let’s fill the areas we want to fill with screentone.

The screen with screentone set up
Caption. The screen with screentone set up

We can now apply halftone using the brush or bucket tool, just as if we were painting it on.

Let’s start applying screentone using our halftone layer with its line count and tone depth changed.

The screen with screentone applied
Caption. The screen with screentone applied
NOTE

If you want to change the type of tone, line count, or tone depth later, you can do so from the gear icon found to the right of the halftone layer.

The gear icon to the side of the layer
Caption. The gear icon to the side of the layer

The screen while changing the screentone settings
Caption. The screen while changing the screentone settings

Tips

If you don’t check “Fix tone depth” when setting up your screentone, the tone depth may vary according to the color you select.

Let’s use the Text Tool!

Finally, let’s add text to our comic.
We can use the Text Tool to easily add text.

The location of the Text Tool
Caption. The location of the Text Tool

Select the Text Tool from the Toolbar and tap the location where you wish to add text.

Input the text you want to display and press the “Done” button. A text layer will be added, and your text will be shown on top of the canvas.
This text can be moved with both the Text Tool and the Move Tool.

After inputting your text, its font, border, size, and orientation can be changed from the Subtool Menu outlined in red in the image below.

The location of the Text Tool settings
Caption. The location of the Text Tool settings

The screen after adding text
Caption. The screen after adding text

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