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Create comic line art (part 2)

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Tips & Tutorials, by Mark White
November 23, 2014

Part 2 of our amazing comic spectacular!

11. Artistic license

You can, of course, use some artistic license when tracing. Adding a superhero costume, a sword or other objects could brighten up the piece! We changed the ball in the dog’s mouth and later on, we’ll change where his body is in the frame.

12. Colour in

Use the Magic Wand to select areas that you want to fill with colour, and in a new Layer fill that selection with a colour of your choice. we went for a simple red versus blue for these footballers.

13. Merge layers

To keep the documents concise for speed of working, merge all similar layers in which single objects can still be edited separately. The colours and the lines are all hard-edged shapes, so can be easily selected with the Magic Wand tool.

14. Background

Use the Marquee tool to create simplistic background shapes for the ground, sky and goal. Fill with colour in a new layer underneath the characters (Edit>Fill). You can play around with the Hue using Image>Adjustments>Hue/Saturation.

15. Annotations

In a new Folder, create a layer for text. Using the Type tool, write your story in small text boxes – the font used here is Comic Sans, with Italic and Bold selected. After writing, use the same method as in Step 2 to create yellow boxes for the text.

16. Expressive fonts

Enter some text for noise emphasis – we’ve gone with “TACKLE!”. To shape this, click on the Warp Text button in the Options bar (a ‘T’ sitting on an arc) to manipulate the text. You can then pull the text around however you like. Experiment with different fonts too, depending on what you’re annotating.

17. Give it a ‘look’

Grab a paper texture and place it on top of the image for a vintage feel and stay in keeping with the concept of a comic. Be sure to set the blend mode to Linear Burn and Opacity to 50%.

18. Putting pen to paper

Open up your texture image and put it into the document on a layer above all of the others. Make sure that the layer’s blend mode is set to Linear Burn and adjust the Opacity in accordance with what works.

19. Final touches

You may prefer to use different colours once you’re done, it’s easy to change. Make sure the texture layer is invisible (click the eye icon on the layer) and use the Magic Wand to select the colour you want to change. You can then use a Hue/Saturation adjustment to experiment.