Prepare Your Comic, Manga or Graphic Novel For Print

How to make your comic or manga look awesome in print!
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  • Lectures 17
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 7/2015 English

Course Description

>>Over 800 students!<<

Have you ever wanted to make your own manga, graphic novel or comic?

Most aspiring creators focus on the art or the story, and forget about the printing process. But understanding the printing process is crucial to your success!

Learning about the printing process doesn't seem like much fun. It can even be stressful or boring. But now you don't need to worry about that! This course breaks the printing process down into easy, bite-sized chunks. In less than one hour you will learn everything you need to get started. That way you can focus on the part you love - making awesome stories with awesome art!

In this course you will learn about:

  • How the printing process works;
  • How to produce your comic/manga to make the printing process as easy as possible;
  • How large your artwork should be to get the best looking comic/manga;
  • How to set up your artwork for print;
  • All the technical aspects of print that scare people - don't worry, they aren't as hard as they look!
  • The one thing you MUST do if you want to sell your comic/manga through Amazon and Diamond Comics; and
  • Much, much more!

What are the requirements?

  • You will need access to a computer and scanner to prepare your work for print
  • A program that can turn your scanned artwork into PDF's

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Understand the comic/manga/graphic novel production process from initial sketches to final artwork
  • Feel confident about creating a comic/manga/graphic novel for print
  • Turn an existing webcomic into a print-ready document
  • Confidently converse with printers about a print job
  • Ensure that their printed comic/manga/graphic novel looks slick and professional!
  • Understand resolution, colour modes, printer's marks, and other technical aspects which can seem intimidating to the uninitiated
  • Understand binding options and paper weights, as well as create impositions for saddle stitch comic magazines

Who is the target audience?

  • People who would like to create their own manga, comic or graphic novel (even if you don't intend on printing it!)
  • People who have created a comic, manga or graphic novel and are considering getting it printed
  • People who are interested in self publishing their own comics/manga/graphic novels
  • Anyone aspiring to be a comic book artist or mangaka
  • Anyone who would like to learn about the printing process and how it applies to comics, manga and graphic novels

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Start Here



This video teaches you about the traditional process of drawing a comic or manga from thumbnails to colors. This is important to understand, because it feeds into the printing process.

Revision time!
1 question
Section 2: What you need to know before you draw anything

In this video we discuss what size to draw your comic or manga at to get the best looking print job.


Your printer will expect your files to look a certain way. In this video I explain what you need to do, and how this impacts your final product.


It's important to understand the limitations around page count. They are easy to work around, but you definitely need to understand what they are before sending your files to the printer! All is explained in this video.

2 questions

This quiz will test you on some of the basic topics covered in this course.

Section 3: Scanning and coloring for the best print quality

A lot of people are confused by resolution. Fear not, this video explains it all!


In this video, we take a look at two different types of graphics programs, and how they will affect your artwork's resolution.


Color on a computer screen works differently from color on a printed document. In this video, I explain the difference. I also explain what you need to do so that your comic/manga's color is ready for print.

Revision time!
3 questions
Section 4: Choosing the best format and printer for your story

Should you spend all that money printing your comic or manga? How do you test the market before printing? Should you use a traditional printer or POD? We discuss all of these questions in this video.


Do you want your comic/manga to be a book or a magazine? What are the differences? How do printers bind books and magazines? This video covers all of these topics.

Creating impositions for saddle stitch
Revision time!
1 question
Section 5: Final touches before going to print

In this video I explain what an ISBN is, and explain why you might need one.


This video explains how to prepare your computer files for print. What file type should you use? How do you minimize file size in megabytes without reducing the quality of your artwork? This video answers these questions.


Your printer will ask you to choose paper types for your comic or manga. This video gives you a brief run down on some ways in which paper can vary.


In this video we cover the final part of the process prior to your print run going to print.

Revision time!
4 questions
Section 6: Conclusion

Thanks for taking this course. Best of luck with your first printed graphic novel, manga or comic!

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Instructor Biography

Geoffrey Jacobs, Drawing Expert

Hi, my name is Geoff and I'm a professional illustrator.

From a young age I have had a passion for drawing, inspired by comics, cartoons and the animal world. I taught myself to draw, and now I want to teach you!

Whether you want to draw for fun, or professionally, I want your drawing experience to be as easy as possible. I do this by pointing out simple observations that most students miss, and by sharing lessons from my 27 years of drawing experience.

I'll give you tips I learned when studying a Bachelor of Design at the College of Fine Arts in Sydney, Australia and knowledge I gained while working professionally in animation and illustration.

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