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Printing your Manga- the Indie Way (How to) by Kuru-sann Printing your Manga- the Indie Way (How to) by Kuru-sann
Indie meaning  independent" ; This process is useful for selling your comics in conventions and events. You don't have to go to publishing companies; you just print your comic by yourself. Going indie is a great way to know other artists and gain experience if you ever hope to get published someday.

Special thanks to :iconaubsneechan: and :iconpower-j: , my first teachers in printing my manga when I was new to the indie scene

I use Microsoft Publisher 2010

The process shown here is applicable to left-to-right reading style (western style), if your manga's reading style is from right to left, you'll just have to reverse the layout. 


The manga featured here is my own, X-Arcadia
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Feel free to ask questions ^^

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deeyosa Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Where po do you have your manga printed? I'm from the Philippines too. :3 Do you have any suggestions?
Kuru-sann Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I got to YZA in the UP shopping center; the printing there is cheap and has good quality. :)
deeyosa Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Layo pala. haha. Thanks! :D
Sotalean Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very cool tutorial.  :)

But I just wanted to mention something that I noticed.
When you are talking about your artwork size that you work width (600 dpi and the pixel count) you are overriding your dpi settings by manually changing the pixel count. That's why artwork doesn't always fit or is big enough for your pages and probably why you might have issues printing.

If you are creating something to be printed later you want to use the DPI and Inches settings when creating your canvas. The DPI is the pixels per inch and the inches is the overall measurements you want the canvas to be able to print too.
So your settings should look more like this
DPI 350
11 in wd
17 in ht
or something like that

Also, almost all non commercial printers can't print higher then 300 or 400 dpi so there's no point in drawing at 600 dpi because you lose all that quality anyway. :)  You might as well bring it down to something like 350 dpi to save on the file size.  As long as you put in the correct size measurements (inches) then your artwork with always print and transfer in the correct size with the correct quality.  :)

I hope that helps.
Kuru-sann Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for the tip :3 
Sotalean Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome!
I know this is an old tutorial but I figured I'd mention it anyway. Your artwork is awesome and I'd hate for you to have problems printing because of something that can be so easily fixed  :)
comicero Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013
thank you this may help a lot!!! :D
Kuru-sann Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Power-J Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013
awesome masturrrrrrrrrrrr
alphabetsoup314 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I imagine that a print shop has better inks and paper than the average at-home printer as well. 

I think this lays out the process in a way that's both simple, yet gives just enough detail that you understand what's going on; I will throw it in my tutorials folder in case I ever do need to work with Publisher. My only complaint is that, under 'How I Layout My Manga', I initially thought the red labels were referring to the page on the right hand side of the window, not the navigation bar on the left like they're supposed to (I've never worked with Publisher before, so that doesn't help the confusion). Maybe if you nudged the labels over to the left a little so that they're right up against the pages that they refer to. 
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