Let’s try drawing a manga

We will explain the basic of drawing manga using MediBang Paint.


Menuscript are lines which serve as a guide when printing manga.
Opening a new canvas as a Comic template will automatically display the Menuscript.
To open a canvas as a Comic template, press “New Canvas” from the home screen → “New Canvas” → Press the “Comic Template” icon in the lower right → Select any size from the “Preset” in the upper part of the screen → Press the “Done” button.

A new Comic template
Fig. A new Comic template

We opened a manga draft canvas.

Comic template canvas
Fig. Comic template canvas

These light-blue guidelines are Menuscript.

(Please see here for the meaning of “guideline”.)


You can change the size and “On / Off” settings of the manga draft lines at any time from the “Manga draft line settings” in the selection range menu.

Comic Template Settings
Fig. Comic Template Settings

Let’s try drawing a draft!

Panel splitting tool

Let us explain the process of panel splitting, which is indispensable when drawing manga.

You can easily split panels with MediBang Paint.
Create a new layer, select the “Divide Tool” from the upper left menu, and tap the “New Panel Material” displayed in the upper part of the screen.
You can change the panel settings in the window which appeared, but for now just press “Done”.

New panel material
Fig. New panel material

New panel material
Fig. New panel material

The panel material has been added according to the inner frame of the manga draft lines.
Now, with the splitting tool selected, you can split the panel material.

Panel splitting
Fig. Panel splitting

Let’s split a panel to the side like shown with the red line.When splitting panels, split them so that they are divided into whole parts.

When a panel isn’t divided properly, like with the blue line, you can’t split it.
When you want to split a panel diagonally, try dividing it using your fingers.
If you accidentally split a panel, use the “Undo/Redo” options at the bottom of the screen.


When you want to divide panels evenly …

You can split the canvas into the number of panels you want using the “Vertical / horizontal division” tool in the panel window which we showed at the beginning. Even after splitting panels once, if you select the panel you want to divide using the “Divide Tool”, the “Automatic Panel Creation” window will appear, so you can change it according to your preferences.

Automatic Panel Creation
Fig. Automatic Panel Creation

Operation tool

Use the operation tool if you want to transform or move a part of the panels.
Select the “Operation tool” from the top left.
After tapping and selecting the panel you want to move, move the handles to adjust the size.

Operation tool
Fig. Operation tool

Operation tool
Fig. Operation tool

The icons which appear when using the operation tool

Can’t be used in panel splitting.
Change the stacking order of panels. When multiple panels are overlapped, you can change the display order one up with (3) and one down with (4).
You can delete the selected panel.
Changes the properties of the panel. A dialog for changing the line width and color of the panel will appear.

Text tool

You can use the text tool to easily insert text. Select “Text tool” from the upper left and tap the place on the canvas where you want to insert the text. When you type the text and press the “Done” button, the “Edit text” dialog will appear.

Text tool
Fig. Text tool

The “Done” button on the top right adds a text layer and displays the text on the canvas.

Adding text
Fig. Adding text

Enter the text you want to show on the canvas and press OK to add the text and a text layer.
This text can be moved when the “Text tool” or “Move tool” are selected.


What can be changed even after inserting the text

Text editing
Fig. Text editing
You can re-edit the text from the “Edit” button
You can change the font
You can change the text size
You can change whether it’s vertical or horizontal (if the text is blue, it’s vertical.)

You can make other changes as well, so give it a go!

If you’ve made it this far, let’s try drawing a pencil sketch!


Antialiasing when drawing a pencil sketch

A black & white (binarized) draft for printing: Turn antialiasing off.
A grayscale draft for printing: You can either turn it off or leave it on.
When publishing on the Internet: Both are alright, but it looks better on the Internet when it’s turned on.

Let’s tone the drawing

Toning comes the last.
When creating a new tone, select a “Halftone layer”.

Halftone layer
Fig. Halftone layer

From the edit screen below, select the tone shape and the line amount, and press “Done” on the upper right.
(If you want to fix the tone density for each layer, turn on “Fix tone depth” and move the slider below.)

Halftone layer
Fig. Halftone layer

Once you create a halftone layer, the tone will be applied with the grey density of your preference. You can apply it quicker with the bucket tool or selection range tool!

Applying tone
Fig. Applying tone

Using a transparent shade is useful when removing the tone.
Removing the tone

You’ve completed your Comic page!