When I first started reading webtoon’s online I was so fascinated by the scrolling format and usage of beautiful colors and this of course lead me to wanting to create a webtoon of my own!
Has anyone else felt this way after reading one of these beautiful scrolling comics?
There was just one problem, I was so used to creating horizontal formatted comic pages so the vertical scrolling webtoon format was totally foreign to me.
I tried studying how webtoon artist put together their pages but it still left me confused because I couldn’t tell how many panels should go on one page.
Thankfully after lots of trial and error and studying I’ve finally feel confident in saying I think I have the webtoon format puzzle solved and I’d like to share that with you all!
What is the Webtoon File Size?
Now depending one what online webtoon platform you choose to publish on the webtoon file size will be different.
LINE Webtoon Upload Format
- LINE Webtoon: The image must be less than 800px wide and 1280px long. You can upload up to 20MB in total.
- File Size: Each file can be up to 2MB.
- Format: Only JPG, JPEG, PNG formats are allowed.
Smackjeeves Upload Webtoon Format
- SmackJeeves: [Chapter Image Guideline] Maximum Size: 1024px 20000px
- File Size: 2MB or less
- Format: JPG, PNG
Tapas Upload Webtoon Format
- Tapas: For image quality, that is. Each image can be up to 940 x 4000px
- File Size: A maximum file size of 2MB.
- Format: JPG, PNG, GIF
- For long comics with a lot of scrolling, several shorter images will load more quickly and look better than a single, super long one.
Will the panels be readable if i draw them all in that webtoon format?
If you draw all of your panels on the 800 x 1280px format it will end up looking like this blurry so what I do is double my file size in my art program that way I can avoid the dreaded blurred lines! Then when I’m done working on that page I export it back down to 800 x 1280px
Just like tradional formatted comic pages you can only fit so many panels on one page
What I found for webtoon is that usually you can fit 1-3 panels per file. I usually stick to 1 or 2 panels per file.
That way the panels are still large enough to read and still provide enough gutter gap to help with the story pace and provide enough empty space for your word balloons and characters.
I like to use the rule of 3rd guide to help me keep my webtoon panel pages spread out enough without it being over crowded, unreadable and in balanced.
If you’d like to learn more about the guide I use you can read my secret webtoon tool blog post!
What should you do next?
Go ahead and get started on creating that webtoon now that you have a list of your tools!
As always don’t forget make sure above all else you’re prioritizing your happiness and enjoying your comic journey!
I’ve also published 4 Comic books and as of 2020 I’m currently working on my 5th published book! If you’d like to learn how to publish a Comic book in 3 steps then check out my blog post How to Publish a Comic book.