Prepare Your Comic, Manga or Graphic Novel For Print
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Prepare Your Comic, Manga or Graphic Novel For Print

How to make your comic or manga look awesome in print!
4.4 (10 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
851 students enrolled
Created by Geoffrey Jacobs
Last updated 10/2015
English
Price: $20
30-Day Money-Back Guarantee
Includes:
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • 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
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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
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!
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
Compare to Other Printmaking Courses
Curriculum For This Course
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Start Here
2 Lectures 02:57

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.

Preview 02:07

Revision time!
1 question
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What you need to know before you draw anything
3 Lectures 09:37

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

Preview 03:48

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.

Preview 03:53

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.

What you need to know about page count
01:56

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

Revision time!
2 questions
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Scanning and coloring for the best print quality
3 Lectures 07:40

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

Resolution explained
02:34

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

Bitmaps vs. vectors
02:02

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.

Colour modes
03:04

Revision time!
3 questions
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Choosing the best format and printer for your story
3 Lectures 15:10

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.

Questions to ask yourself before going to print
04:24

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.

Binding options
03:48

Creating impositions for saddle stitch
06:58

Revision time!
1 question
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Final touches before going to print
4 Lectures 16:23

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

ISBN's and barcodes
02:14

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.

Sending your files to print
05:45

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.

Paper weight and paper finish
03:30

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

Proofs
04:54

Revision time!
4 questions
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Conclusion
2 Lectures 00:10

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

Conclusion
00:10

About the Instructor
Geoffrey Jacobs
4.8 Average rating
111 Reviews
3,227 Students
3 Courses
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.