The tools I use to create my webtoon change up a lot depending on how I feel and since there isn’t one way to create a webtoon feel free to go with whatever tool best fits you and what you have available because all of these tools can be used to create your work of art.
Tools I use for Draw a Webtoon on a Computer:
- A Computer with at least 4GB of RAM and 1GB of memory for my graphics card
- (I use Clip Studio Paint and their program needs at least 2GB of RAM so that’s what is my bare minimum but you can use whatever you’d like)
- Drawing tablet
- (I’ve used and still use both a display tablet and a graphic tablet depending on how I’m feeling. I have a blog post where I talk about the differences between the two here)
- Drawing program
- (I like using Clip Studio Paint because it has built in 3D models for me to trace over and draw different body types and angles for my webtoon. I’ve also shared other free digital art sofware that webtoon artist use to digitally draw their webtoon here too)
Tools I use for drawing my webtoon on paper:
- (I will use anything from regular copy paper or sketchbook that I found at walmart to a thicker card stock comic book paper, if you’d like to see which specific brand I have a blog post here where I share more info on that.)
- (I will use either a dip pen with an ink well or if I need a more budget option I will use the regular BIC style ball pen or if I’m feeling a little fancy but not too fancy then I’ll use the micro pens that last super long for me personally~)
- (I typically don’t color my comics that I draw on paper and usually leave them black and white but when I do get in the mood to color a scene then I love using copic markers or prism color pencils but there are cheaper options available that work amazing so don’t feel pressured to get these ones, I just use them because I personally really like the texture and feel when I draw with them~)
Tools I use for drawing my webtoon on my phone/tablet:
- Free Digiatal drawing app
- (I like switching between ibis paint, medibang paint and JUMP Paint because they all are free ad supported apps that don’t take up a lot of space on my mobile device and they have a lot of comic specific features built in like webtoon panel tools and comic fonts~)
- Pen Stylus
- (While there are others who like to just draw with there fingers, I have a condition with my hands that makes drawing with my fingers difficult and painful so what I like to use is a pen stylus like the generic ones you can find from walmart, I’ve shared a few of the pen stylus I used at this blog post~ Also there are also graphic tablets that can also connect to mobile phones to be used so you can have a wider space to draw using your phone~)
WEBTOON CANVA Upload format is 800px by 1280px but that doesn’t mean that you have to draw in the file format size. A cool feature webtoon comic platforms have started rolling out is that they now have a built in file formatter that will crop and resize your uploaded images for you to make it where it automatically fits within their platform.
If you’re wondering what webtoon canva size to draw in then you can use the canvas size that comes pretemplated within Clip Studio Paint under the webtoon tab, OR if you don’t have clip studio paint and you’re creating your webcomic with a different program like ibis paint or krita or something else then I usually like to have my webtoon 1600 pixels wide by 2800 pixels tall but you can do whatever size works best for you since again webtoon canva has a reformatting feature built in; this is perfect for those of you who may be drawing your webtoon on paper and you’re taking a picture of your comic page to upload it on webtoon, you no longer have to worry about the size being incorrect, it will reformat it it for you~
Now some people have asked me why do I draw on such a short canvas and how do I fit all of my 30 panels on one page of 1600 x 2800 pixels (or sometimes the height might be 4800 pixels depending on how I’m feeling.) Well the way I draw my webtoon is similar to how I draw my comic pages. I don’t draw them in one long file format like others, I just like the shorter multiple page format and will typically draw my webtoon that way~
Since webtoons are made up of regular comic pages the trick to make them still look like one long strip is usually webcomic publishing platforms will cut up the image into multiple files and then stack them up vertically so it looks like one long strip.
Webtoon File Size Format
Webtoons are another form of comics but instead of the panels being left to right they are drawn top to bottom.
I make my webtoons with my wacom display tablet and with Clip Studio Paint and 3D Models to help me draw backgrounds on my desktop computer.
Here is a quick break down of how I make my webtoon~
How to Create a Non-Blurry Webtoon
Now the webtoon upload file size (800px by 1280px) is a bit too small to use as a working file format. When I draw in that file size my webtoon image quality ends up low, blurry, and unreadable.
To fix this problem I open up my art program and create my document at 1600px by 2560px (double the file size). Doing this allows me to work on a bigger canvas and have readable, non-blurry webtoon panels.
Want to Learn How to Start a Webtoon?
If you’re trying to start your own webtoon but you’re having trouble knowing where to begin then download the “How to Start a Webtoon” Ebook that’s perfect for beginners!
Also if you’re looking for a wholesome, fake marriage trope, AMBW manga webtoon to read to pass the time then you might want to check out Catch Me! Fight Me! Love Me!