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I wanted to know how can I show that an action/scene is happening in distant past.

My story takes places during two different time periods. The present is the main timeline, but I want to add small segments of past into it. Its something like this: present, past, present, past, and so on. The main characters have never experienced these scenes, nor do they know about them, but I want to include them to deepen the lore of my world and the story overall.

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  • It's common to use sepia or grayscale to indicate a prior timeline.
    – 13ruce
    Jun 3 '19 at 20:53
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    I suspect there is no objective way of answering this, people will just leave their own opinions as answers. If you really want to be focused on the manga style perhaps ask here anime.stackexchange.com tagged with manga-production
    – Luciano
    Jun 4 '19 at 11:33
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Actually what you want to get is a good contrast, try the graphic design contrast:

Shape

Shape

Color: desaturation

desaturation

Color: ink

ink

Color: brightness

bright

Texture

Texture

Size

Size

Position

Position

Style

Style

Or use an effect like:

Vignette

Vignette

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