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faster way to align panels
Jsketchies at 8:35PM, Aug. 31, 2009
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for me aligning panels takes about 10 minutes for me cuz i gotta check if size is right and etc. is there a faster way to align panels instead manually doing it? if so plz tell. many thanks.
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megan_rose at 11:51AM, Sept. 1, 2009
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Need to know a bit more about your process. Do you do the panel outlines and then draw the scenes within the panels? Or do you draw the whole thing, and align it later? What programs are you using?
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Jsketchies at 3:23PM, Sept. 1, 2009
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megan_rose
Need to know a bit more about your process. Do you do the panel outlines and then draw the scenes within the panels? Or do you draw the whole thing, and align it later? What programs are you using?


i make the panels first before drawing- i use photoshop 5,
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megan_rose at 4:43PM, Sept. 1, 2009
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Wow, that's an old version of PS. I don't think I've ever used that one, so I'm not entirely sure if my advice will work, but here's what I do.

I make a big rectangle selection that encompasses all the panels. Then, I subtract all the areas that aren't part of the panels, so that the selection I have left is basically just the boundaries of the panels. Then I go to edit –> stroke, and it adds an outline to the selection I made.

Like I said, PS5 might not have these tools, so it might not work. Other than that, all I can suggest is dragging down guidelines to help you place things. If you have the ruler function on, where there is a ruler on the top and left sides of your workspace, you can actually click on the ruler, and drag down a guideline. But again, I don't know if PS5 does this.
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da_kasha at 5:16PM, Sept. 1, 2009
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well I press the shift button to draw a load of straight lines and then erase the ones I don't need. Unless I want to do some fancy panelling it only takes a few seconds. That's why the layout of my comic is so boring P:
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Kristen Gudsnuk at 7:31AM, Sept. 4, 2009
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the way I do it takes like, no more than a minute:

I do my page (no gutters)
use the line tool in a new layer, set to a width of about 18 pixels
go to layer > style (I think… lol!) > stroke, and put a 7 px black outline on the layer
I grab whatever color the speech bubbles are (usually yellow-brown), and make lines splitting the panels. Insta-gutter, and panel-lines! take a glance at my comic to see what I mean.
last edited on July 14, 2011 1:23PM

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