Creating Webtoons: Formatting Tips for Digital Webcomic Artists

Creating a vertical scrolling webtoon can seem intimidating for beginner digital artists, but it’s actually a simple process once you understand the basics.

Unlike traditional comic pages which have 4-5 panels on one page, a vertical scrolling webtoon consists of 1-2 panels per page stacked on top of each other on mobile responsive platforms like Tapas or Webtoon.

To create a vertical scrolling webtoon, I recommend using a canvas size of 1600 wide x 4600 tall pixels. This may seem larger than the WEBTOON CANVA publishing requirement of 800 x 1280, but it will ensure that your images remain clear and detailed. I personally use Clip Studio Paint EX and their story page feature to draw 2 panels within each file.

Once your webtoon is complete, you can easily format it to fit the necessary size for WEBTOON CANVA or Tapas upload directly on their platform since they now have their own built in file auto-formatter. Alternatively, if you prefer to draw on paper, you can simply take a picture of your page and upload it to Croppy for formatting or again you can directly load into their platform and they will slice and resize it for you too.

As a beginner, it’s important to note that the tools you use to create your webtoon don’t define you as an artist. A graphic tablet is a great and more comfortable option than a mouse, but you can use whatever you have available as long as you are able to tell your story.

Are you ready to start creating your own webtoon? Download our ebook, “How to Start a Webtoon for Beginners” for even more tips and information. And if you’re looking for a fun read, check out “Catch Me! Fight Me! Love Me!” – a wholesome, fake marriage trope, AMBW manga webtoon.

Creating a vertical scrolling webtoon comic is a great way to express your creativity and story-telling skills. With this guide, you’ll learn the basics of formatting and uploading your comic to popular platforms such as WEBTOON CANVA and Tapas. Download our “How to Start a Webtoon” ebook to learn more.

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