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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. 

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The manga featured here is my own, X-Arcadia
like us in facebook: www.facebook.com/xArcadiaManga

Feel free to ask questions ^^







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:icontoumatoo:
Toumatoo Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Can you teach me what the blueline on blank page mean?
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:iconkuru-sann:
Kuru-sann Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Student Digital Artist
They're just margins :) 
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:icondeeyosa:
deeyosa Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014
Where po do you have your manga printed? I'm from the Philippines too. :3 Do you have any suggestions?
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:iconkuru-sann:
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. :)
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:icondeeyosa:
deeyosa Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014
Layo pala. haha. Thanks! :D
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:iconsotalean:
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.
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:iconkuru-sann:
Kuru-sann Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for the tip :3 
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:iconsotalean:
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  :)
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:iconcomicero:
comicero Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013
thank you this may help a lot!!! :D
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:iconkuru-sann:
Kuru-sann Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
welcome~ 
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:iconpower-j:
Power-J Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013
awesome masturrrrrrrrrrrr
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:iconalphabetsoup314:
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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:iconkuru-sann:
Kuru-sann Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thanks~ I was supposed to put arrows there but laziness got the better of me;; I'll make sure it won't happen again XD
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:iconyugureakas:
YugureAkas Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Student General Artist
this comment maybe out of topic but aaaa i hope i can go to philippines and buy your manga..:iconsobbplz:
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:iconkuru-sann:
Kuru-sann Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
or maybe you can just download and print it on your own with this tutorial w w w w //slapped :iconsrapplz:
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:iconairibbon:
airibbon Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Oh dude. I totally got a printer and print my own books for komikon. The only problem is to ship it around... POOU!!!
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:iconkuru-sann:
Kuru-sann Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
can yours handle duplex printing? o3o
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:iconairibbon:
airibbon Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hell yeah! Hey yo!
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:iconhackwolfin:
Hackwolfin Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Link you link me the brushes and such use for your manga?
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:iconkuru-sann:
Kuru-sann Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I don't have all of them but I guess you can browse through my "favorites" and check out my "resources" folder
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:iconhackwolfin:
Hackwolfin Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thanks, will do~
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:iconshay-chan:
Shay-Chan Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
this is so helpful! Thank you for sharing...and i bet with some employees you really do need say what you said in the tutorial..with that exact expression too.
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:iconkuru-sann:
Kuru-sann Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
You're welcome ^^
Yep, ugh I had a terrible headache in my last printing because the employee didn't know how.
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:iconshay-chan:
Shay-Chan Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
:/ that sucks! I hope you don't have any future problems with Printing! Spending money is stressful enough, to have the process go wrong would probably make you want to punch something...repeatedly.
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:iconrobertomochi:
RobertoMochi Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013
Making my own indie comics is something I've been working hard on for years, and I've spent a lot of time perfecting my stuff digitally for webcomics and such, but also planned on getting my work printed out, but having very little experience on print. This is a great start for that area! Thanks for making the time to create this!
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:iconkuru-sann:
Kuru-sann Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thanks and you're welcome :D
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:icongarryguertena:
GarryGuertena Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I am so grateful for this! I was thinking I'd probably have to print separately and go through one hell of a hassle, since I was thinking of making doujins and selling them (as well as my own manga). So THANK YOU!! :DD
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:iconkuru-sann:
Kuru-sann Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
You're welcome :D Good luck on your doujin~
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:icondjtravesty:
DJTravesty Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
just one question... I have a mac and I use "Pages" I don't know how to set the margins so that there's a divider in the middle
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:iconkayleegholson:
KayleeGholson Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A mac can be so UN-user friendly when it comes to stuff like this. Since I have all of the Microsoft Applications on my laptop, I know where everything is without having to think much about it. Here is what I've found:

"Document (Inspector) > Document (Tab) > Document Margins settings. Remember, these setting are global and apply to all pages in your document. The normal strategy here is to set the document margins to the largest settings required and then, as needed, adjust layout margins, insert margins, tabs, etc. for individual objects/pages."
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:icondjtravesty:
DJTravesty Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
it won't let you insert margins, only the ones that are already in the template. Thanks, but I'm just gonna use the single A4 and upload to lulu.com I appreciate the help
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:iconkuru-sann:
Kuru-sann Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
uuhh I don't have mac and that application so I can't answer your question :( Sorry
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:icondjtravesty:
DJTravesty Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
lol actually a friend told about Lulu It's a company that can make you a hard or soft cover book and they have a lot of different styles, even the A4 that you've sown here. Check it out, its not bad...
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:iconkuru-sann:
Kuru-sann Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
ah yes =w= my friend, :iconairibbon:, has already published hers using Lulu as well XD She told me about it ^^
Thanks~
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:icondjtravesty:
DJTravesty Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
ITS AWESOME hahaha :smile: I'm going to do it once I finish my volume, but thats in about 70 or so pages :sad:
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:iconkuru-sann:
Kuru-sann Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
good luck dude ;D 
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:iconjaycrest:
JayCrest Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh BTW, what paper would you recommend?
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:iconkuru-sann:
Kuru-sann Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
A paper with high gsm so that there wont be any marks or other traces when you go duplex printing
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:iconjaycrest:
JayCrest Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
is it just me or did you just reminded me of a brand of drink... LULZ!!! But seriously, thanks :D 

Oh and regarding the employee in the printing shop, I might suggest going all ALUCARD on the dude... >.<
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:iconkuru-sann:
Kuru-sann Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
lol that might work XD
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:iconjaycrest:
JayCrest Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
too bad I can't use this tutorial... (kinda using Clip Studio Paint EX/ Manga Studio EX5 -_- ) still, awesome tutorial :D
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:iconkuru-sann:
Kuru-sann Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
thank you~
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:iconsirius-sam:
Sirius-Sam Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Hobbyist
"back to back" = duplex printing. Nice art and guide.
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:iconkuru-sann:
Kuru-sann Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Ohhh I see :D thanks for telling me~ 
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:icondeytiquezjesus15:
Deytiquezjesus15 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013
such a nice person hahaha XD thanks !!

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:iconkuru-sann:
Kuru-sann Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
welcome~
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:iconmoon-light-sky:
Moon-Light-Sky Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is great! This will no doubt be invaluable, once I start actually drawing my manga *3*
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:iconkuru-sann:
Kuru-sann Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
thanks ;o; Good luck on making yours~
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:iconedwardjener:
edwardjener Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013
Nice! I won't go insane lay-outing those pages. :D
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:iconkuru-sann:
Kuru-sann Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
glad to know that :iconcryforeverplz:
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