Creating Manga Background From Photo

manga background using photo
Photos can be use to speed up the process of creating manga style background art. It can be either use as a reference image for inking the line work or converting the photo into greyscale and use it as a shading for the background.



Ink layer / Line Art Render

To use photo as a reference guide for inking line layer. We just need to lower down the photo image opacity and trace the line in another layer

manga background from photo
manga background from photo


Greyscale Shading

After completing the line layer, we can proceed to shade the background image. Generally, we can either shade the artwork manually with grayscale colour or convert the photo into black and white image and use that as our shading. Image below is an example of converting a photo into grayscale with contrast adjustment.

manga background from photo


manga background from photo

Photoshop
  • Convert the photo to grayscale. Image > Mode > Grayscale
  • Adjust photo contrast and level. Image > Adjustment > Level (CTRL-L) . Adjust the Input Level


manga background from photo

MediBang Paint
  • Convert the photo to grayscale Layer > Convert > Convert to 8bit Layer
  • Adjust photo contrast and level Filter > Level (CTRL-L). Adjust the Input Level


Halftone

One final step before sending to print is to convert the black and white image to halftone shading.

3d render for manga

manga background from photo

Photoshop
  • Convert the photo to bitmap Image > Mode > Bitmap. The image have to be in greyscale mode first! You will also need to adjust the dpi properly.


manga background from photo

MediBang Paint
  • Add new halftone layer. Layer > Add Halftone Layer
  • Merge the shading layer with halftone layer. Layer > Merge Down (CTRL-E). After merging, the image will be auto converted into halftone shading. Medibang paint seem to be able to auto generate better screentone/halftone by default


Video

Below is a timelapse video showing how I create manga style background from a photo using medibang paint.



Artwork

manga background from photo
manga background from photo

3d render for manga

Reference

Youtube Creating Manga Style Background from Photo
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