3. Creating Comic Frames and Border Splits



I will use the storyboard I drew last time as a reference.

[1] Making a basic comic frame

I select the [Frame Border] tool from the [Tool] palette. Next, I select the [Rectangle frame] from the [Sub Tool] palette and draw a frame border.

■ Customizing the [Rectangle frame] sub tool

Before using the [Rectangle frame] sub tool, I change the options in the [Tool properties] palette.

When [Raster layer] is checked, a separate raster layer is created at the same time as the frame. I want to use the raster layer and the vector layer separately according to the manga production process, so I remove the checkmark.

Also, if [Fill inside the frame] is checked, a white background layer will be created at the same time as the frame. But this time, I will make the background layer myself, so I remove that checkmark as well.

Note: For details on how to create frame borders, refer to the following courses.



In this tutorial, the sub tool display method is changed to [Tile].

In order to show it, select [Display method] from the menu on the upper left of the [Sub Tool] palette.

Note: In the default settings, it is set to [Stroke].

(1) First, I create a frame border (frame border folder) by dragging a large frame (basic frame) to the middle of the original manuscript paper. Outside the frame border is masked and displayed in blue, and any lines drawn outside the frame will be hidden as long as the layer is located within the same folder.

(2) If the blue outside the frame is too dark, you can make it lighter from [File] menu > [Preferences] > [Layer/Frame].

(3) I drag the name layer and text layer into the frame border folder to store them.

To draw or edit a frame, I create a layer in the “Frame border folder” and work on it from there.

[2] Dividing the frames

I will split frames using the [Divide frame border] sub tool.

Before splitting, I set the border interval with [Tool Property].

I will split the frames in order of ① > ② > ③.

[3] Adjusting the bleed frame

I edit the frame and make a bleed frame by using the [Operation] tool > [Object] sub tool.

(1) In the [Layers] palette, I select the [Frame border folder]. Upon selection, the frame border display becomes red like in the image.

(2) I drag the green square handle to stretch the bleed frame.

Note: You can extend the frame line to the edge of the paper by clicking the yellow triangular handle.

After extending the left side and bottom parts of the 4th frame, frame division is complete.

Next time I will explain the process of drawing the rough draft.



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