Comic Talk, Tips and Tricks

Page Sizes
potato_gurl at 7:03PM, Nov. 1, 2007
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Ok, so what page sizes do all of you use? I'm trying to do my first page on Manga Studio (I really wish I had a digital drawing pad) and it looks fine, but it's all tiny when I try to upload the JPEG version. What's wrong?
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CharleyHorse at 7:33PM, Nov. 1, 2007
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Okay, first you need to determine the dimensions of your jpeg. There's usually two ways to do this; first, whatever your application used to create or manipulate your image, it should display the size of your image across the top. If it doesn't then you can look though your menu to see if there is something dedicated to telling you basic information about your image. Second, you can simply place your mouse pointer over the jpeg image in whatever folder or directory you have it in and right click . At the bottom of the little on screen menu this brings up should be a ‘property’ label. Left click on the label and again you should have the dimensions of the image displayed.

But, to repeat, there simply has to be a command in the application you are using that allows you to proportionately increase or decrease the size actual pixel size of your image in height and width. Your help menu should be of use to you there.

Anyway the thinking among web cartoonists is that generally height is not all that important an issue, as most people don't mind scrolling down to view a tall image. Width is usually the important factor. Off hand I can't recall the standard pixels dimension of the average monitor screen setting, but usually you can go as wide as about 800 pixels of width before people start complaining that they are having to scroll sideways to see everything. So any dimension of width 800 pixels or less should be fine.

One thing that can help you is to kick up some of your favorite web comics, place your mouse pointer over the comic page and right click to bring up that menu I wrote about. Left click on the property label and see for yourself the dimensions of your favorite web comic. Pretty neat, eh? I hope that you find some of this information of help to you.

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potato_gurl at 8:02PM, Nov. 1, 2007
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Thanks! That was really helpful. :)
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kyupol at 7:17AM, Nov. 2, 2007
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600 x 800 at 72 dpi.

But if you wanna print it, I suggest using at least 150 dpi or maybe… a VERY HIGH quality jpeg.
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Frostflowers at 12:40PM, Nov. 4, 2007
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I do my sketches on paper and then scan (I used to scan at 150 dpi, now I do 300 dpi); pixel-dimension usually end up at 1242x1752. I resize it to 710x1000 before I upload it on DD - it's a nice size; readable without being too wide. Like CharleyHorse said, anything below 800 in width is usually fine.
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phinmagic at 3:25PM, Nov. 10, 2007
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joined: 9-26-2006
For print I set up my pages at 6 x 9 @ 300 DPI, I then covert to Very High jpg, 504 x760, for the web.
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