How to Make a Comic Book Cover Using Photoshop

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How to Make a Comic Book Cover Using Photoshop
Create comic book covers in Photoshop. (Comic book / Graphic Novel Scene image by Wingnut Designs from Fotolia.com)

Comic books are still one of the most popular forms of entertainment, as can be seen in the large number of comic book-based movies that have been released in recent years. Some people with a great deal of artistic ability now create their own comic book covers for their own amusement or to post online for others to see. But these days, you don't have to be a great artist to make a comic book cover. By using a 3-D posing program like Poser, Daz3D or Vue Infinite, you can render images of your characters in action and bring them into Photoshop to assemble your own comic book cover.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Go to web sites like Daz3D, Renderosity and Animotions to download the figures and props you will need. Install them in the 3-D program you are using.

  2. 2

    Open your program, and load the figures and props you want to use in the first image of your comic book cover. Pose the figures, and render the image as a JPEG. Repeat this process to produce all of the images for your comic book cover.

  3. 3

    Open Photoshop. Select "File," and click "New." In the dialogue box that pops up, choose whether you want to use "Inches" (best for printing) or "Pixels" (best for the Internet). Then make the width and height what you want for the overall comic book page. If it is going to be printed, set the resolution to 300 pixels; otherwise, leave it at 72. Name the image "yourname," and click "OK."

  4. 4

    Select the "Paint Bucket" tool from the toolbar, and use it to fill the canvas with the colour you want for the borders of your comic book panel.

  5. 5

    Select "File," and click "Open." In the dialogue box that pops up, browse to the first image you want to use, and open it. Right-click on the layer, and choose "Duplicate." In the dialogue box, choose the "yourname 1" document as the destination. Select "Edit," then "Transform," and click "Scale." Resize and position the image where you want it on the panel page.

  6. 6

    Repeat steps 4 and 5 to place all of the images on your comic book cover. Then select the "Custom Shape" tool. Set it to "Fill" with white, and choose either a speech or thought bubble from the "Presets" at the top. Draw in the bubble you need.

  7. 7

    Select the "Rectangular" or "Rounded Rectangular" shape tool, and draw in boxes for narrator comments.

  8. 8

    Select the "Text" tool, and type in the text for the bubbles and the boxes. Save your work.

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