Setting up a workspace in Photoshop that is simple and easy to use. A huge time saver, allowing you to bounce between “scrap paper” and your comic page.
- [Voiceover] All right, so we have our script,…and we've picked out our actions.…We know how many panels we have in our story,…and we know how many of them are going on what pages.…We can actually start penciling this page now.…This is one of my favorite steps,…because we get to be really loose and sketchy at first…as we take our first stab at drawing each panel.…For now, I'm gonna to stick with…this lost trail cheat sheet that I showed you previously…and show you how I go about starting this process.…But before I actually start drawing,…I need a place to do it.…So here I am in Photoshop.…You might be working at a desk on real paper…with real pencils and things like that,…but if you are in Photoshop, here's what I want you to do:…Create a new document.…
It's not entirely important what size it is,…but for now, I like to work…on a simple 10-by-10-inch square,…300 resolution with just a white background.…And for me, this becomes my scrap paper,…so if you're at a desk,…pull out a piece of scrap paper, File, New.…
The main ideas and concepts are dynamic composition, movement, and narrowing down a script to its core actions in a way that best tells the story, and the importance of trying different things, rather than just going with your first idea. Ben illustrates the concepts with examples from his own graphic novels, and includes tips for staying organized and focused as you draw.
- Identifying panels within a script
- Consolidating panels
- Roughing out poses in Photoshop
- Planning panel shapes
- Placing panels
- Finalizing the page