> An Overview of the Comics Production Process
An Overview of the Comics Production Process
Here's an overview of how comics are produced within much of the comics industry, with links to specific Tips & Tricks on this site:
Finished artwork is scanned and colored in Adobe Photoshop, a pixel-based
graphics program that allows for detailed shading and painting effects.
Finished files are usually saved in TIFF format. See these pages for details:
Simultaneously, the pages are lettered in Adobe Illustrator, a
vector-based graphics program that is best for manipulating type and creating
hard-line objects. Finished files are saved in EPS format. See these pages for details:
More Illustrator Techniques:
The TIFF artwork and EPS lettering files are merged in a page layout program such as QuarkXPress, InDesign or
PageMaker, and provided to the printer for output as film negatives. See these pages for details:
If you're on a budget, you can probably get away with using fewer (or
different) programs, such as doing the lettering in Quark, or combining the
lettering and art in Photoshop, or even outputting finished PDF files from
Illustrator, but it will limit your flexibility and capabilities. You might
also consider Corel's suite of graphics programs, which have many of the same features as Adobe's for less money.
The most important thing is that you provide files to your printer (or film
outputter) in a format they can handle. Be sure to talk to them first and
find out what they require and/or prefer. That will save you the most time
and money in the long run.
Best of luck!
P.S. Here's some more pages that contain publishing and professional lettering advice:
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