How to Make a Webtoon : 5 Basic Tools for Beginners & Creating the Canva Size

How to Make a Webtoon : 5 Basic Tools for Beginners & Creating the Canva Size

I know starting something new can be overwhelming because it looks like a lot but don’t you worry, I your fellow anxious and easily overwhelmed webtoon artist shall show you what I do to make a webtoon~

I draw my webtoon on my computer using drawing tablets like Wacom graphic tablet or Wacom Display Tablet or my super old iPad Pro tablet or I will just use paper and pencil and draw my webtoon traditionally that way~

There is no absolute for me when it comes to what tools I should use to make my webtoon because I like to use what every might currently have my attention or what I just feel like using at that moment since art isn’t one size fits all~

BUT I don’t want to overwhelm you so today I’ll talk about the tools in the digital art software that I use to make my webtoon~

Learning how to make a webtoon can be super overwhelming especially when you don’t know where to start and you end up open up programs like Clip Studio paint and you see all of this.

Today I want to help show you a super easy way I make a webtoon by only focusing on 5 tools in programs like Clip Studio Paint.

How to make a webtoon: 5 Basic tools Webtoon Artist use in Clip Studio Paint

5 Beginner Basic Digital Art Program Tools Webtoon Artist Use:

All the tools I use to make my webtoon within Clip Studio Paint are:

  1. Pencil tool– Mechanical Pencil doodling the rough draft of my webtoon
  2. Ink pen – The G pen is my go to default to use for inking and coloring
  3. Panel Layer – For making the comic boxes around my art
  4. Text tool – Adding the speech because I don’t want to draw the dialogue by hand
  5. Word Balloons – I get too hyper focused on making the word ballon circle perfect so I just use the pre-made ones.

Now if you don’t have Clip Studio Paint no worries because Krita, Medibang Paint, and ibispaint also have these same or similar tools and these programs are also free~

1. Webtoon Canva Size

The Webtoon Canva size that I make my webtoon within Clip Studio Paint is 1600 pixels wide and 4800 pixels high and I usually like to stick to just drawing 2-3 panels per file.

Some artist work in one long vertical strip file but I like to work in multiple shorter vertical file batches.

The reason why I draw my webtoon with that doubled canva size is because this helps me fix the blurry line issue that usually happens to when I’m drawing in the 800 pixels wide to 1280 pixels high canva size.

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Webtoon Comic File Size

The size that I draw my webtoon in is basically double the upload size (800px wide by 1280 px high) of LINE webtoon Canva Platform since I post on their platform as well as on my website.

When I was first starting out I noticed that my webtoon looked super blurry and I found that usually it was because I was drawing in a small canva size of 800 px by 1280 px.

So if you don’t want to end up like me and have to draw your webtoon all over from scratch because you drew in a small canva size then I recommend having your file size 1600 pixels wide~

2. Webtoon Canva Size on Mobile Device

Now when I’m drawing my webtoon on my iPad Pro 10” with ibispaint I have the canva size 1600 pixels wide and 2400 pixels high.

Since I have an older iPad model I don’t want to over heat it with large file size and lots of layers so I just stick to this file size for drawing webtoons on my tablet.

3. Webtoon Comic Art Programs

Clip Studio Paint has a built in export webtoon function that will reformat, resize and slice your webtoon for you upon saving, this helps take away the step of having to go back and forth cropping and saving multiple files.

What my webtoon set up looks like using Clip Studio Paint EX

Clip Studio Paint also has a suggested webtoon template size to help take out the guess work of figuring out what canva size to use. I recommend sticking to the template size that is 1600 wide because that’s my personal favorite width just because it helps my line stay crisp and not blurry (I’m not fully sure why…)

Now if you don’t have Clip Studio Paint to do the webtoon reformatting for you don’t worry because Krita also has a image slicing feature for exporting saved files and it works on desktop computers as well!

Fonts that I use for my Webtoon Comic

4. Online Webtoon Panel Slicer

If you don’t want to have to use a different art program then you can also use a free online webtoon reformatting website called Croppy which will slice your image files to the webtoon or tapas format and save all the images in a folder.

Croppy Free Online Website to Format your Webtoon Files

All you’ll have to do is open the folder and select the images to upload onto webtoon or tapas platform, don’t try to upload the actual folder onto webtoon/tapas platform, make sure to open the folder up to select the sliced images to upload.

Webtoon’s give off this illusion of just being one long vertical file but actually webtoons are technically individual images that are uploaded and stacked on top of each other and are read in a vertical format.

Also a cool new feature that LINE Webtoon Canva site has is that it will reformat and slice your files for you so for those who are worried that their file won’t be able to upload onto Canva because of the file size hiccup, no worries because Webtoon will optimized the size for you~

Looking for Free Webtoon Backgrounds?

Here are a few free to use webtoon backgrounds for both commercial and personal works! Use them however you like and feel free to tag #smorishitastudio on social media.

Free Webtoon Background

Want to Learn How to Make 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!

Learn what hardware webtoon artist use, what tools webtoon artist use to draw digitally and a full breakdown of the webtoon process plus more!

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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!

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