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Gena's 6 steps to comic-ing by genaminna Gena's 6 steps to comic-ing by genaminna
Requested by *scuzme but I guess it can be used by anyone if they'd like. :D

From start to finish, this is how I finished Page 208 of the "Trunks' Date" comic. (The finished product is here: [link] ) The same rules usually apply to when I do *any* comicy page though.

Even if you don't usually do comics, I hope you can find something helpful in it to you for your own journey in the art world (or even better, I hope it will inspire you to start creating comics of your own! :) ) I am not perfect at doing this in any way, so it is not totally 100% comprehensive... but if you have a question that you think should be included in the tutorial, then feel free to ask away. :) I'll try to answer it to the best of my knowledge.

This tutorial is just showing how *I* do my comics; if you can find a better, easier way of doing things on your own, then I'm not the one to hold you back! :) Well, um... I hope this helps a little...^^; Took me a while to do... >o> I might make a tutorial for 'how to imagine your manga as an anime' (for help with paneling), but I need to find good reference pictures for that...

Okai, enough talking, lol >o> Enjoy! ^^;
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arvelous Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2009  Student General Artist
Thank you for the great information for starting a comic. It's really helpful to see the steps.
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HPhantasia Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2007  Student
Checking my favorites again, and I was wondering... what program do you use for this? I know it's PS, but what version?? Loves to ya! :glomp:
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genaminna Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
before I had 7, but now I use CS2 (it's not really that much of a difference if you ask me...lol ^^;)
but for my recent stuff, I use manga studio ex 3.0 too. I should probably update that '6 steps to comic-ing' thing...
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HPhantasia Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2007  Student
Much obliged!
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genaminna Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
:smooch: :D
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HPhantasia Featured By Owner May 1, 2007  Student
When you do the "thumbnail" and then full size image for your comic pages, how big are they?
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genaminna Featured By Owner May 4, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
ummmmm, well, the full-sized images are like..... (width-wise) around 758 pixels for most of the newer pages... is... that what you meant...? ^^;
I mean, just as long as someone on a 800x600 screen doesn't have to horizontally scroll to read...
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HPhantasia Featured By Owner May 5, 2007  Student
Well I mean... It asks you how lbig the full size image should be.... and I have no clue how to make it a thumbnail sized preview...
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genaminna Featured By Owner May 6, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
ohs, urm... o.O so, they're making you make it into a preview image? last time I checked, at least, you have that checkbox thingie to see if you wanna show the 'full size image' (like, in its original form), so you wont have to pick the certain pixel amount you want it to be? or like, 'allow download of original full-size image'? for full view size, you just put 'original size?'
at least, if it's in jpeg, it should do that. i think that if you have a really big gif image, they force you to have a preview?
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HPhantasia Featured By Owner May 6, 2007  Student
Yes... it's just that they have the certain sizes to check, and I don't know what is a good size. Also, sometimes I see Devs that say "click to view" and it's a thumbnail. Do you know how to do that?
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