How to use the Rule of Thirds and guides for beginner digital artists creating webtoon comics

Are you a beginner digital artist looking to start creating webtoon comics? One of the most important aspects of creating a webtoon is the panel layout.

I’ve received feedback on my previous comics that my layout for my webtoon panels and comic pages felt a little difficult to read because of the panel placement so this is a compositional guide that I use to help me balance my panels.

Catch Me! Fight Me! Love Me! Webtoon panel layout

One tool that can help you achieve a balanced panel layout is the Rule of Thirds. The Rule of Thirds is a principle of photography and art that suggests dividing an image into thirds, both horizontally and vertically, and placing the important elements of the image on the intersections of these lines.

Webtoon Panel Tutorial

One of the best ways to implement the Rule of Thirds into your webtoon panel layout is through the use of guides. Clip Studio Paint EX offers guides that can be easily placed on your canvas to help you align your panels with the Rule of Thirds. You can also check out the detailed blog post by FRANK SANTORO for more in-depth information on using the golden rule in comic panel pages.

Another tip for creating a webtoon panel is to start with a larger file size. I like to create my webtoon files at least twice the size of the recommended Line Webtoon file size of 800 x 1260 to avoid blurriness. Additionally, I like to use a guide template to ensure my panels are the right size and balanced. A great resource for guide templates is Making Comics.

s-morishita studio webtoon panel guide
Webtoon Panel Guide

When it comes to the number of panels in a webtoon, it can vary. LINE Webtoon recommends 35 panels, but some webtoons have as few as 5 panels. The number of panels you choose to use in your webtoon is ultimately up to you and what feels comfortable for you to create on a weekly basis.

In conclusion, the Rule of Thirds and the use of guides are great tools for beginner digital artists looking to create webtoon comics. By following these tips, you’ll be able to create a balanced and visually appealing webtoon that your readers will enjoy. If you want to learn more about webtoon creation, download our “How to start a webtoon for beginners ebook” now!

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