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February 10
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d*s: comic page process by hchan d*s: comic page process by hchan
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All of this was done in Photoshop CS4. Literally everything I know about art and photoshop is self taught, so there are probably a lot of quicker/easier way to do these things, but this is how I do it haha. Feel free to ask questions or offer advice/critiques on my method! [but don't bother pointing out the typos...i'm just too lazy to fix them! xD]

Enjoy :)


I did end up editing the page a bit more after this, so you can see the finished page [over here.]

I also posted this on [my tumblr]


In addition, I'd like to list some useful hotkeys that anyone using photoshop should know, cos this shit will streamline your process:


The move tool; move and resize your image;  holding SHIFT while manually resizing something will keep it the same proportions [assuming you are working from the corner]. CTRL will distort. ALT will..make things all fucky [personally haven't found this one super useful lol]

Paintbrush tool. Holding SHIFT will allow you to draw a straight line [pen pressure applies here]; you can also tap the pen at one point and another to do diagonals. ALT [+ click] will copy the colour you are hovering over.

Eraser. [similar modifiers to brush, but ALT will lay down your current background colour]

Magic Wand

Lasso tool

Select tool. CTRL+D will deselect yo shit.

Fill tool

Shape/Line tool


swap between foreground and background colours. [comes in handy when painting]

Zoom tool. ALT will zoom out.

0 thru 9
toggles opacity while on brush/eraser. [0 will bring it to 100%, 1 is 10%, 2 is 20% etc]

SHIFT+ 0 thru 9
toggles flow

Save! Use this often! [and save backups imo, sometimes obsessive saving can be detrimental]

There are other hotkeys, but these are just the ones I find I use every time I am in photoshop! You can check out all your shortcuts by going EDIT >  KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS ...

Thanks for reading! Hope you learned at least one new thing :)

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silverstarmonster Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Professional Artist
What size canvas do you work with? I've been looking around for the 'live' space of a standard comic page but every site seems to tell me something slightly different. (9x14.25 inches? 6.25x9.75? and they all claim to be the 'industry standard' too... ugh.)
Do you have any recommendations?

Also. Thank you for this tutorial! :D I learned some really helpful stuff here! (Clipping mask = angelic choir)
hchan Featured By Owner 12 hours ago  Hobbyist General Artist
FUNNY YOU SHOULD ASK cos i completely screwed myself on bleed/trim this very day 8D  [okay technically i screwed myself but not researching better before i started but...]

The truth is I think that it actually varies by site because many places will have different standards x_x

FUCK i forgot i was writing this and now i am going to bed...

ANYWAY I AM USING PRINT NINJA and gonna go with their graphic novel size of 6x9, so I am working at a multiple of 6.25x9.25 [the .25 is the bleed/trim, which is 1/4  inch added all around.]

you can read on their site about stuff, it's pretty informative:……

can browse around there and read up on stuff. i found their site hella informative xD even if you don't wanna print right now, it's nice to learn about it in case you do later. //cralws off to bed wow
Lonely-Thunderbolt Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you so much !
hchan Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
<3 =D
Jeffk38uk Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Interesting, I didn't know you worked from dark to light. That certainly would make defining the shadows much more easier to see when shading the colour back into a person.
hchan Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yea I've worked that way for a long time. Idk just seemed easier? I've seen other people use it too so I guess it's a known method!
Jeffk38uk Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I kind of do a mix thinking about it. Paint the base colour, then cover with a shadow colour layer and repaint the base colour on top of that. Mostly because I never know if the shadow colour is right half the time. But I only really do that with areas with large surfaces.

Well, either way, we all have our methods, lol.
hchan Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
ahahaha. i am always altering how i do things...trying to find quicker ways to do ALL THE THINGS. xD  Right now I'm trying out a new inking method...which is basically my old inking method, doing the lines @ 100% and lineweight all at once too... having to reteach myself how to do that tho @_@ guhghghgh
Jeffk38uk Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heh, it's something I'll have to look into soon for Panthera. Time was always the most annoying thing about working on a comic page. That or I need to stop putting so much minor detail in backgrounds lol.
CrimsonnRain Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'll have to try some of these things next time! I realized some of the steps you do really make it amazing! Thank you
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