InDesign What I Love About It As A Comic Artist

I know what some of you might be thinking. But it is one of the best programs that I ever subscribed to. Some of you know or a little while I was self publishing on and during that year I spent almost a year trying to get it to upload correctly until one day I’d had enough and subscribed to InDesign. Later I upgraded my adobe package to all apps. But it was the best thing I ever did.

I no longer have the bleed issues I once had and for those of you that publish comics, you will know the exact pain and annoyance I am talking about. I tried with everything to alleviate it but nothing worked. I tried OpenOffice, Word, Photoshop and even GIMP but nothing was going right. I still had major issues with the bleed being to thick, to short or my art getting cut off in the spine or off the page edges.

The main problems I was having was when it came to resizing. As a comic artist I have to work at 1200dpi for various reasons the main one being quality and screentone range. That’s usually around 8000px by 12000 px or so per page. When I finally started using InDesign my headaches (literally) we far less. Being able to set up the perfect template bleed, drag and drop and not loose image quality was by far the best part for me.

Aligning, numbering, watermarking and exporting became a breeze. These are all the reasons as to why I have come to love it. If it wasn’t so hard to get the perfect bleed for publishing in Photoshop and loosing image quality then I probably wouldn’t have found or needed it but it’s so important that it’s almost critical.

I can’t even begin to describe the hell I went through plus the money in carbon copies. I have such good faith in InDesign that I only buy one carbon copy knowing that it’s going to be perfect anyway. And I recommend it to anyone that is a writer or comic artist or any other desktop publishing career. It’s absolutely worth it and worth learning.

The only downside for me was the inital learning curve. At first it wasn’t too bad since I had learned Adobe Illustrator the prior to using InDesign but it was hard for me (as an artist) to get use to all the new tools and terminology. But it was worth it. It’s a program that keeps paying off. Not only that but since it’s so widely use you can always acquire a job or freelancing work with inDesign.

Overall it’s a great tool. If you have something else that you use that you think is better or just as good please do leave your thoughts in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you and I’m sure others would as well.


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Published by DraconianRain

I am an Australian artist and I love a wide variety of art genres and styles. I am a self taught artist and love sharing my quirky tips on other ways to draw.

4 thoughts on “InDesign What I Love About It As A Comic Artist

  1. I had no idea it was so intricate a process! Glad you found a way that works well for you 🙂

    1. Oh my goodness yes!! I had no idea in the beginning either. I think one of the worst parts was for comics you have a double bleed. You have the cut off bleed then the inner comic bleed that helped you align and confine to a margin so your speech bubbles don’t get sucked into the binding because often you have double page spreads or art that goes all the way to the edges of the page. InDesign has saved my hide so many times from these issues I can’t even count how many! I super recommend it to anyone that’s a hardcore publisher. I’ve actually started to see people use it for thesis writing now. I totally understand why. It’s the most powerful publishing tool around. Especially all the font options. Which was yet another huge issue lifted off my shoulders. I remember I once had to reformat my entire script in the speech bubbles with inDesign. It has these neat text drag and drop bits and I was able to tinker with the font and make it readable once more. It was kind of why I stopped making comics for print for so long. It was just to much frustrating work in the end.

      1. Oh wow! It seems like such a great program! I will defo look into it if I ever consider publishing anything!

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