Staying Organized

Project folder



With scripts, art, marketing supplies and more, you’re going to have A LOT of files to deal with. Without a plan for where to store all your files it’s easy for your project folder to become a complete mess. A good folder structure will save you a lot of headaches searching for your files.

If you want to use the same folder structure that I do, follow these steps:

1) Check out my personal folder structure HERE.

2) Click the download icon

3) You should now have a “art-template.zip” folder in your Downloads. Extract/unzip that folder (how-to guide for the non technical people: Windows, Mac).

I also use a similar folder structure to manage my marketing and kickstarter data. This structure is designed by the folks at ComixTribe. Check that out HERE (you’ll have to subscribe to the ComixTribe e-mail list).


Naming files



To complement the project folder structure, I suggest using the following naming scheme to keep your files organized within your folders.

<issue number> - <page number> - <roughs/pencils/inks/colours/letters> - <version number>

Ex.

01-01-r-01.tif -> rough draft for issue 1 page 1
01-01-r-02.tif -> second version of rough draft for issue 1 page 1
01-01-i-01.tif -> inks for issue 1 page 1
01-02-l-01.tif -> letters for issue 1 page 2
02-13-c-05.tif -> fifth version of colours for issue 2 page 13

If you have many projects that you’re working on, you may want to consider prepending the project name to the front of your file names.

Ex.

mtm-01-01-r-01.tif


How to Not Lose All Your Files



Imagine getting all your scripts done, your pages and pages of art all organized and ready to go. Now imagine your computer hard drive crashing and losing everything. Yeah no, never again.

My personal motto is to keep any important files stored in at least two places (your computer, a USB, the cloud…) to avoid that horror story.

I like to keep a copy of my project folder in both OneDrive and Google Docs (can’t be too safe!).