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Need help on making panels
rabidmochi at 11:39PM, March 15, 2008
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I'd like someone to explain how this whole masking thing works. I've been using MS Paint for about 5 years now, so I'm pretty good with it; but I've only just started using Photoshop and I'm a total retard at this.
I don't get how the rectangle tool really works, and I want to use it to make panels for this comic I'm making.

Um… so if that's not what you would usually use to make panels, feel free to suggest anything else. :D
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BlkKnight at 6:55AM, March 16, 2008
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pencil tool and hold down the shift key when you draw. You'll be constrained to just going up/down or left/right, so it's perfect for making panel borders.
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SomaX at 7:31AM, March 16, 2008
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What blkknight said, or you can use the line tool (that's my personal favourite). From my expirience, the rectangle on ps only does opaque shapes, so it's not the best thing in the world for pannels.
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lba at 8:16AM, March 16, 2008
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You can use rectangle selection tool to make borders.

Make your selection where you want your border, then go into your paths tab which will be behind the layers tab. If it's not go up to window and open it up. In the paths tab, look at the icons on the bottom, and one of them will be for “make path from selection”. Click it and then right click on the path, then click on “stroke path”. Photoshop will outline the path with your brush tool.

You can mess around with brush sizing and pressure on your own, but that method will be the fastest way I know of for a beginner to do panel borders.
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rabidmochi at 8:07PM, March 16, 2008
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pencil tool and hold down the shift key when you draw. You'll be constrained to just going up/down or left/right, so it's perfect for making panel borders.

Hm… but what if I want to make them sort of going diagonally?
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korosu at 6:24AM, March 17, 2008
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I find the easiest way is to use the rectangle tool and then add a black stroke to it in the Layer Style. After that, if you click the corners of the rectangle (or square, if you made it holding the Shift key) and hold the Apple key (Windows users, help me out here…what's the equivalent of that again?), you can change the angle of the corners and make it diagonal or whatever. (Holding the Shift key while doing this just resizes the box.)
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rabidmochi at 7:00PM, March 17, 2008
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I find the easiest way is to use the rectangle tool and then add a black stroke to it in the Layer Style. After that, if you click the corners of the rectangle (or square, if you made it holding the Shift key) and hold the Apple key (Windows users, help me out here…what's the equivalent of that again?), you can change the angle of the corners and make it diagonal or whatever. (Holding the Shift key while doing this just resizes the box.)

Ooh, I must try that sometime. Thanks!
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