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Golden Age Tutorial by rosalarian Golden Age Tutorial by rosalarian
This is a panel from a webcomic I do. If you like this, go check it out: I Was Kidnapped By Lesbian Pirates From Outer Space!!!

I read a similar tutorial a few months ago, but when I tried it, it didn't work. So I messed around until I found something that worked for me.

If you want to follow along, I put up the elements for the tutorial here.

So, this tutorial requires a bit of pre-existing Photoshop knowledge. The alpha channels are usually the biggest hurdle. But once you figure them out, you'll be using them for everything.

EDIT [February 16th, 2010]: I've been learning a lot more about CMYK as I've been using this technique more and more myself. The red type contains my tips for making this EVEN BETTER!

And because so many people have asked, Photoshop is the only thing I know of that can do this. And it works best the larger the image is. I work at 450dpi, 7" x 10".

EDIT [February 21, 2010]: I recorded a video of myself using this technique! [link]
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Given 2009-12-22
Golden Age Tutorial by *rosalarian is a great tutorial that will guide you in some of the techniques needed to achieve an aged retro effect to comic pages and illustrations by combining both photoshop and textures.It is easy to follow and definitely worth a try. Thank you for sharing! ( Suggested by enis-tareh and Featured by znow-white )
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Caoscreator Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015
Nice tutorial. Really cool effect. Thanks for sharing
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Speedslide Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013
... This... I can't thank you enough... BRILLIANT!
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Neillustrations Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the new style trick. Here's my application: neillustrations.deviantart.com…

I worked too large and my lines were thin enough that it's hard to see the details. I could have made the halftone pixel number a little higher. But I'm still happy with the result.
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tspeecestudios Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
This tutorial is so much fun, and not at all terrifying after the first few screw-ups in the Channels section. [link] :)
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xoskell Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013
That's awesome man
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asclives Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
Really great tutorial you've put together here
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DeixTobiallyaoi Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Student General Artist
fantastic tutorial! thank you!
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Tankitha Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Student Artist
Wow. This is amazing. Good job.
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paintmarvels Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing work my friend!

two questions, whats the size of the original draw (The black and white draw)
and when you finished the draw in colors and close the photoshop in what format you save it? (i mean png, jpg, cymk???)

Thanks for your time and excuse my english!!!
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paintmarvels Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing work my friend!

two questions, whats the size of the original draw (The black and white draw)
and when you finished the draw in colors and close the photoshop in what format you save it? (i mean png, jpg, cymk???)

Thanks for your time and excuse my english!!!
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Anthrax451 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
This is just amazing, thank you
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NekoNyan08 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012
This is amazing! I always wondered how you did that!
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BuzzyBuzz Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Student Interface Designer
This is awesome, thanks for making this!
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aradia430 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011
awesome!
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deadrabbit13 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm going to have to try this out. Definitely better than than just constantly making adjustments to my palette and basically winging it for that look. Thank you very much for this.
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draculabiscuit Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is awesome thank you!
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ladyyatexel Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011   General Artist
This looks like fun, I'm excited to try this!
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petxis Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010  Professional General Artist
super favourite. Thanks.
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JodeOnslow Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really nice effect and tutotial.
I'll have to give this a go sometime.
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Krismas83 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really neat I can't wait to try it out thanks for posting :)
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victoranomalous Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010
Oh! I do my comic a lil different here but I really want to integrate some of these techniques now!

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rosalarian Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I like your style. Your comic is on my to-read list now.
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EmpressFunk Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
This tutorial is wonderful, thank you so much! I was actually looking to do a pieced based on the style of Golden Age Comics, and this is perfect. I used it for practice here: [link]
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SweetAppleTea Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010
Oooh, I definitely need to try this out! Very cool!
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SweetAppleTea Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010
Oooh, I definitely need to try this out! Very cool!
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Q-pon Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2010  Student Interface Designer
This is really nice :]
Thanks for the tut.
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Imaginatik Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2010  Student Digital Artist
This looks like fun! I might have to try this sometime! Thanks for posting this! =D You did a nice job in explaining, nice and concise.
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Fyuvix Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
When I get to the part where I turn all the layers onto multiply, it just turns all the colors grey. D8 What am I doing wrong? I did all the steps right up to that. I didn't deselect the selection or anything. What could cause that?
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rosalarian Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I'm not entirely sure. I've never had that happen to me. :/
You're in CMYK mode, right?
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Fyuvix Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Ja, after a lot of work I finally managed to get it right. XD When it said "don't deselect" I think I was essentially making a M, Y, and C layer all still on the Cyan selection. Also, I found out that you have to turn off the new colored layers as you make them before making a new selection. XD Minor details but they took me hours to figure out. I eventually got it, though the final colors were really light, so I wound up throwing the flats above all of it, lowered the opacity and put it on Linear burn. I finally got this as a result [link] XD it works! THanks a load!
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AniseShaw Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2010  Professional Filmographer
This tutorial is far more comprehensive than the crap I'm learning in digital photography, and we're dealing with alpha channels and masks as well.

I always remember photoshop steps better when there's an explanation why one should follow a specific step.
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a-corperate-kira Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2010
Oh my goodness, this looks so hard!!
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SP85 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010   Digital Artist
Grats on the Daily Dev! How long does it actually take you to color one panel like this?
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rosalarian Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
One panel? Maybe 15 minutes. About 45 for a whole page.
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SP85 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010   Digital Artist
Oh wow, that's a lot less time than I thought it would be! I feel like I spend way too much time on each comic page now! :XD:
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rosalarian Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
There's no right or wrong amount of time, though.
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SP85 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010   Digital Artist
True! I just wish I could do it faster! XD
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Cleocatra Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Student General Artist
Congrats for the DD dude!
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x8-AtomicAbi-8x Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Wow!
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arizonab4y Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010
I'll definitely have to try this, thanks.
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LugiaInTheSky Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010
Wicked. I'll be sure to try this out sometime. Cx
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Abi-R Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010
Thank you so much for making this :heart: very helpful!
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undrnoted-philosophy Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
GOD! Thanks so much for this!!

I've been wondering how to get that halftone look as well editing colors and such.

This is so incredibly helpful I can't wait to try some of it out!
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Ben-Anderson Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is there any way to do this in photoshop elements?
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rosalarian Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Nope. It won't run CMYK, and it doesn't have masking abilities or channels. I used to have Elements, but the lack of those 3 things was a big reason I got the full Photoshop.
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Ben-Anderson Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If only GIMP had CMYK channels (it only has it on the colour selector), then I would be able to do this. Aww well. *shrugs*

Another question, how big was the image in this tutorial? Because I've applied the filter to a 20002 image and the dots came out gigantic on the default settings.
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rosalarian Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I work at 7x10" at 450dpi, with the dots set to a radius of 8 or 12 pixels, depending on how I want the image to look.
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Dagwin Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010
When I try to pixelate my image, the dots are way too big... anyone know how to fix that?
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rosalarian Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
What size image are you working with? (Dimensions and resolution)
There is a way to set the dot size when you're in the halftone effects box. The very first thing in there should be the controls for dot size. 8 is the smallest it'll go.
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Dagwin Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2010
Image size: w = 486, h = 720
Resolution = 72 pixels/inch

Thanks for your quick reply :D This is my second try using photoshop... I have this ominous feeling I've made a really dumb mistake lol
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