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giovanni at 10:23AM, May 7, 2008
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i searched the forum, the tutorial section but i never found anything related to it in the basics sections : how to make the page itself (before any content is added).
i mean, what the normal size so it fit well on drunk duck? the case size (or is it called panel?) for said page size. i need help
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mattchee at 11:18AM, May 7, 2008
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My pages are set up in standard comic book proportions, because I plan to print them somewhere down the line. When I resize and format them for DD, I set the width to 650 pixels, and constrain the height proportionately (of course). ITs been working out well so far…
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lba at 2:00PM, May 7, 2008
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You can use just about any size you want to begin with, but you'll want to scale it down to somewhere between 600 and 800 pixels of either height or width so it's viewable once you're done working.
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Skullbie at 4:05PM, May 7, 2008
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…you mean your actual DD html template? coding and assistance has a buncha info on that.

But as lba said- 600-800 is around the ideal for a comic size,
just make absolutely sure people only have to scroll down, not to the side.

random Tip:
Do all your computer work in PNG format. It stops quality loss and refines things.
Save the final in JPEG- it's faster and looks better on the web.
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Frostflowers at 5:22AM, May 8, 2008
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I've got my pages in 1000x709 - I think the absolute limit, width-wise, is 750, before you start wrenching the template.
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giovanni at 12:51PM, May 8, 2008
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and what about panel size with a 800x600?
im using photoshop
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mattchee at 2:01PM, May 8, 2008
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Well, now I'm confused. Once you have your page size set up in Photoshop, panel size is more of a personal thing has more to do with your comic….

As suggested by Skullbie, don't do you master document saves as a jpeg. Jpegs are a compressed format, so Jpeg information is resampled every time you open it and save again in photoshop which, over time, degrades the image (that might be harsh, but you do lose information). In photoshop, probably the best format to work in before output is PSD, png or tiff are also safer than jpeg.

I might also recommend working at a higher resolution if you ever plan on printing. 72 dpi is screen quality (full zoom before pixels become evident)… 300 dpi is the minimum for a quality print (once again before pixelization becomes evident). IE - while 800x600 appears big on screen, at 300 dpi in print it would translate to about 2.5“x 2” (not so big). Proportionately, 800x600 at 72 dpi would be 3333x2500 at 300 dpi… in case you're interested.

Okay, I'll shut up now.

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giovanni at 11:52AM, July 20, 2008
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i have no idea what you just said in the last paragraph. its for webcomic, not printing.
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JoeL_CQB at 9:52AM, July 21, 2008
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i think what he meant was work big, then scale down. In case if you ever think about printing. It's a good precaution, cause if you suddenly want to print your comics, you're gonna have to go back, find your previous strips, and scan them again at 300dpi.

And in the last part. 800x600 at 300 dpi and 800x600 at 72 dpi look exactly the same on the screen, but if you were to print them. the 300 would print out as 2.5“x 2”. Which isn't really big.

I work with something thats about 10x15, scan it in at 300 dpi.

When I'm done I scale it down to web size.
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mattchee at 10:13AM, July 21, 2008
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JoeL_CQB
i think what he meant was work big, then scale down. In case if you ever think about printing. It's a good precaution, cause if you suddenly want to print your comics, you're gonna have to go back, find your previous strips, and scan them again at 300dpi.

And in the last part. 800x600 at 300 dpi and 800x600 at 72 dpi look exactly the same on the screen, but if you were to print them. the 300 would print out as 2.5“x 2”. Which isn't really big.

I work with something thats about 10x15, scan it in at 300 dpi.

When I'm done I scale it down to web size.

That's pretty much what I was getting at…

If you do your work traditionally, then yeah, you'll have to re-scan it at 300 dpi for print (so don't sell/lose those originals). If you do your work digitally (or any significant part of it), and you do it at 72 dpi only… well, you're gonna have to re-do the digital, which could mean as little as re-scan re-letter, or as much as starting the page over from scratch!

I'd say err on the side of caution– You might think now, for whatever reason, that you don't want to print, would never want to print… but who knows, years down the line, suddenly you might want to print your comics. It'd be nice to have that option open!
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