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help with creating panels
legendkiller13 at 5:39PM, Aug. 19, 2007
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i have cs2. i am in need of help, lol. i am curious as to how when i draw a full picture out on a page, scan it and color it, how can i shrink it down along with other pages and piece it togther to make comic panels and a whole page?

ive tried the move/transform tool and my pictures get mishappen.

any help would be appreciatted!!!

last edited on July 14, 2011 1:34PM
kytri at 9:59PM, Aug. 19, 2007
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If you hold down shift when scaling your image with the transform tool it should maintain the same aspect ratio.
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spacehamster at 11:55PM, Aug. 19, 2007
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What kytri said works, but I wouldn't use the transform tool for this at all. I don't know for sure, but I'm reasonably certain Photoshop tends to blur stuff more if you resize it with the transform tool. If you scan your panels separately, figure out what size you need them, resize them with Image -> Size (I think, my PS is German), then paste them together. That should preserve the quality better.
last edited on July 14, 2011 3:50PM
Blackmoon at 7:23AM, Aug. 20, 2007
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Or, if you tend to draw all the panels in the relative size and space you need them on the page, like I do, just do what he said- Image->Image Size, and resize it from there. You'll probably want to click on the “constrain proportions” checkbox, and select “Bilinear Sharper” (if that's an option in CS2) for your resize mode.
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mlai at 6:52PM, Aug. 20, 2007
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IMO this is a bad idea all around because you'll end up with different line thicknesses, even if you use Resize to avoid distortion.

If you plan it out so all the panels are shrunk by the same %, you end up with the bad habit of making your panels too regular.

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last edited on July 14, 2011 2:05PM
JustNoPoint at 7:45PM, Aug. 20, 2007
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Another negative is that this is especially TIME CONSUMING to do this way. I tried it about 5 years ago.
The 1st link then the second link until the last 2 pages was done this way. As you can see none of these pages were ever finished. It took hours upon hours to fit everything correctly.

The new pages I make are all drawn digitally now so it's no problem.
last edited on July 14, 2011 1:12PM
legendkiller13 at 2:55PM, Aug. 25, 2007
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Thanks for all the advice. sorry it took so long to reply, i havent felt well.

Anyway, so what i gather from most of you is what i was thinking of doing isnt going to work. So, let me change this around a bit.

to do the art we do, i neeed alot of space for each panel. so does any one have any suggestions from there? i post alot of singular pages that are splash type pages, but should/ would be much better and coherent in panel format. it would help the story flow.

so other than drawing the panels on a paper pages by hand are there any other methods anyone would suggest that i can do that will take pages colored and drawn seperatly and combine them together?

thanks again !
last edited on July 14, 2011 1:34PM

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