File Setup

Photoshop Image Size and Resolution - Adobe



Before you start working on your pages, you want to make sure they’re set up properly. I always like to make sure my pages are formatted to be print ready, even if I don’t plan on printing them. You never know what you might want to do with your work in the future so it’s better to be safe and have your pages ready for anything.

If you’re working with pencils and paper, you can generally find paper with the right page size for your art at any crafts store.

If you’re working digital, Print Ninja made this awesome guide for setting up print ready pages. The tutorials are specific to Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator but most of it applies to any digital platform you could use. Make sure to check it out!


Page Dimensions



Make sure that before you start drawing, you know what the dimensions of your pages will be.

The standard single issue comic is 6.75 inches by 10.25 inches but by no means do you have to obey that standard. Comics come in all shapes and sizes. Just note that if you use abnormal dimensions, you may run into complications when you go to print your comic.

Check out this great comic template by Ka-blam for a visual representation of the standard page format.

Something to note is that many artists like to draw at much higher sizes and scale their images down for printing. This is so they have the option of printing larger images for things like posters. If you decide to do this, make sure your page ratio stays the same.

For example: if your dimensions are 5 inches by 10 inches, your page ratio is 0.5 (5 divided by 10). This means you can work with a 20 inches by 40 inches file because they have the same ratio (20 divided by 40 is still 0.5).

A consequence of working at a larger scale is that your files can get very big. This can slow down your computer and file uploads so it’s up to you what you want to do.


Resolution



There’s nothing worse than drawing up your entire comic then realizing when you go to print that you’ve been working at too low a resolution.

The resolution is essentially how high quality your images and prints are. Most printers print at 300 DPI (dots per inch). Feel free to work at a higher DPI but you won’t get a clearer image by printing files at a higher DPI than what the printer is capable of.

Believe it or not, computers have a much lower resolution than printed books. My laptop is 118 PPI (pixels per inch). Just because something looks good on your computer doesn’t mean it will in print so make sure your images are at high enough resolution!