Comic Talk, Tips and Tricks

The Programs You Work With
dave63 at 7:25AM, Sept. 9, 2007
posts: 11
joined: 8-5-2007
I used to do traditional pen and ink strips but I simply don't have the time now. I “draw” the weekly strip in basic Paintshop. With some practice, the mouse can be just as handy as a pen. I have to use an old one with the trac ball. The optical ones are too abrupt. I use Paintshop Pro to resize or reformat but the basic Paintshop is so much easier to work with. My wife gives me crap about the way I do the strip now. She prefers the traditional look. I have started to post a few really old strips done in the “traditional” way. That way, at least, everyone will know I can draw.
last edited on July 14, 2011 12:09PM
trevoramueller at 11:39AM, Sept. 20, 2007
posts: 1,462
joined: 9-17-2007
I use my #2 pencil, my micron inking pens, borrow someone's scanner (mine broke a month back, and I haven't had the money to replace it yet), and then I use photoshop cs to do colors and balloons.

Sometimes I'll draw in backgrounds or little details that I forgot the first time around, but it's rare. I don't have a tablet, so I have to use a mouse and there's less control.
My Drunk Duck Comics:

Nominated for numerous web awards, see more news at My Website
last edited on July 14, 2011 4:33PM
Megawacky_Max at 9:35AM, Sept. 23, 2007
posts: 44
joined: 9-20-2007
I use PhotoShop for scanning and coloring, and sometimes for re-drawing things with vectors. ;-)

There's more to do in the Net of Nets!
(Megawacky Max)
Other comics by me: Nagaly | Pixie Pals | NOOBS | Metal Skeleton
last edited on July 14, 2011 1:59PM
KieranS at 12:47AM, Oct. 1, 2007
posts: 14
joined: 9-27-2007
I use flash 8 entirely because my comic was originally split into 4 flash movies, so to keep the style I draw and put it together in flash.
last edited on July 14, 2011 1:15PM
cats10 at 6:09PM, Oct. 1, 2007
posts: 7
joined: 4-21-2007
I used Manga Studio 3.0 Debut for my pages, Painter 8 for my title pages, and Photoshop CS3 for minor editing =3
last edited on July 14, 2011 11:37AM
Fuzzy Modem at 8:43PM, Oct. 1, 2007
posts: 217
joined: 9-17-2007
Maya, Rhino, Photoshop. :)

I've given up following my dreams. I just asked where they're going and I'm gonna meet them there.
last edited on July 14, 2011 12:32PM
Rutger at 4:09PM, Oct. 13, 2007
posts: 2,680
joined: 3-14-2007
Mozilla FireFox and Photoshop Cs.

Firefox for searching for sprite-sheets I need, Photoshop to put the comics together.

K.A.L.A.-dan! rutGAR desu!
last edited on July 14, 2011 3:13PM
BlkKnight at 1:34PM, Oct. 14, 2007
posts: 1,101
joined: 5-28-2007
I just tablet everything directly into Photoshop 7.
That's “Dr. BlkKnight” to all of you.
last edited on July 14, 2011 11:25AM
okamimako at 8:44PM, Oct. 18, 2007
posts: 118
joined: 10-10-2007
My notebook and GIMP. I'm very low-tech and cheap.
last edited on July 14, 2011 2:20PM
cartoonprofessor at 3:33AM, Oct. 21, 2007
posts: 396
joined: 9-2-2007
I almost never touch paper and pencil anymore.

I use Wacom Cintiq with Carrara5 for postioning and rendering complicated elements… space ships, machinary etc…
then photoshop CS for everything else.
last edited on July 14, 2011 11:36AM

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