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Graphic Novel Binding Tutorial. by Null-Entity Graphic Novel Binding Tutorial. by Null-Entity
Ok so here is it, my first tutorial EVER :D.

Not much else to say other than its how I have been making all my books to date.


**Update** for those who have asked about paper specs.

I print my pages at home on 160 gram paper with all my printers settings to max.

And the print shop does my covers on OVERSIZED A3 (very important you need the extra space to be able to trim down).

And we print at 105%.

Their paper is something like 250 gram gloss.



*Just want to say thanks for all the Favs etc I will get round to thanking everyone individually. (I thanked people until DA declaired I must be spamming :P so I'm off to work).

1,500 views in under 10 hours... HOLY CRAP!!!!. :)
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:iconwordgirlserenity67:
Wordgirlserenity67 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013
Totally Helpful!! THANKS!!
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Null-Entity Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Danke :) and for faving.
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Wordgirlserenity67 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013
Anytime
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Sci-Fi-Masterz-All Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Student Filmographer
This is quite interesting! ^_^ I would definitely try this if i make a graphic novel! :)
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Null-Entity Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thankyou + for the fav.
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Sci-Fi-Masterz-All Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Student Filmographer
No prob!! :D
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ACrowsCollection Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This will be very useful if I ever do anything like this. ^^
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Null-Entity Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I would love to see someones results to prove this was worth my time putting together :D
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TheBlu3Giraffe Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Student
this will help when I finish my graphic novel! Question, did you do all your art work digitally? Im planning to do my work traditionally, scanning each page, then printing them, but Im not so sure, and was curious what your opinion on that would be?
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Null-Entity Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad it will help, I will admit its NOT my war work, I simply made books of game art for games that went "un-loved" :D

If you can do it digital/at least the colour it would help as scanning always looks bad, you would likely have to re-edit them after anyway.
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TheBlu3Giraffe Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Student
Thanks for the advice, that does sound like a good idea and sounds easy enough to do as well ^^, thank ya.
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Null-Entity Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:)
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ashartist Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Student General Artist
im working on a manga and i will definatly se this when the first volume is done!
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Null-Entity Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I would love to see that !
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:iconpactosh:
Pactosh Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome!
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Null-Entity Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks :D
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:iconpactosh:
Pactosh Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No worries.
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GrayTimber Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
If I ever need to, or decide to, make a graphic novel, I know where to go. :) Thank you, it's very helpful.
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Null-Entity Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
: P.
:blushes:
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necro97 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012
Thank you! It's really helpful! I was searching for a good and simple tutorial for a long time! Thank you again :iconhappytearplz:
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Null-Entity Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:D just be sure to link me if you give it a try :D!
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DazeKitshoney Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Hobbyist
VERY,VERY thankful that you made this!
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Null-Entity Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thankyou.

Comment and fav, I'm eager to see peoples bindings.
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toxicVisage Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This'll definitely be useful THANK YOU SO MUCH~ :iconrlytearplz:
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Null-Entity Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thankyou, fav and comment.

Please do let me know how it turns out if you ever use it.
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Oogie-Boogie-Boo Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Oh wow! This is awesome! I'm writing a short graphic novel that I have to bind for an assignment. I was prepared to pay money (that I don't have) to get it done too. So you could understand why this tutorial is a godsend for me! Thank you!
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Null-Entity Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:D glad it has given you an alternative..I am curious to see the end result :)

Plus thaks for the fav!
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Oogie-Boogie-Boo Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Will do! I was wondering what kind of paper did you print your pages on, and the cover also? My print shop offers a variety of different papers to print on and it's quite confusing. :)
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Null-Entity Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I print on 160 gram paper from staples but I'm sure its nothing special, I put all my print settings to max photo and slow it right down :).

As for the print shop I think its about 250 gram oversized A3 (so there is an edge to cut off), with a gloss layer on it :)

Hope that helps.
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Oogie-Boogie-Boo Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Wonderful, This helps a lot! Thanks so much, keep up the good work! :D
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Null-Entity Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:D
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AngelERenoir Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Have to ask, man... Did you get it printed at home or a print shop? That's a very good quality print you got there.
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Null-Entity Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I printed at home, on....160gm paper :)

The cover of course was from the print shop I can't print A3 at home.

P.S. Thanks for the fav.
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AngelERenoir Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
My printer doesn't seem to print all that nicely. What kind of ink/paper do you use? And how do you layout the pages to print?
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Null-Entity Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Its an Epson SX200 , nothing special.

I max out all the settings for photo/slow print.
And use really thick 160 gram paper I got from stapels (normal A4 is about 60-90gram thick off the top of my head).

I set up each page in photoshop individually and then arrange them with Adobe bridge and convert to PDF so it can print the lot double sided.

Not perfect I need to find a way to move each page away form the spine (and not have to do it maually), but it works well enough right now.
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AngelERenoir Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Now you should make a tutorial for the setting up :XD: I still don't really understand it, LOL. I fail.
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Null-Entity Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Its not that hard, each page is a picture..I use adobe bridge to put them all in order then it makes them into a PDF.. and I print the PDF :D
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AngelERenoir Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Student Digital Artist
But I don't even know how to make PDFs :(
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Null-Entity Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Its not needed it's just my method of keeping everything in page order to print.
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GirlyGamerAU Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012
Really great tutorial Null Entity. If only all tutorials were as detailed!
xx
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Null-Entity Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thankyou :blush:.

Feels to me like it's lacking sooooo much detail.
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Elilustratodo Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh! LOL
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Null-Entity Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Lol ??
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Elilustratodo Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes... You prefer a "great tuto, and great work" ,This is the meaning of this "lol"

Sorry, I`m Spanish and i use Some expressions as I like to use! ;)

Great tattoo designs!!
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Null-Entity Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah ok :D Thankyou very much, for both.
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Elilustratodo Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:)
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ninja-frank Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome Tut!
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Null-Entity Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks :) and for faving :)
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ninja-frank Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
no worries =]
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catnmaus Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
Awesome! It's great to see something turn out so perfessional with a few household objects. Thanks for this!!
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