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 Lulu.com 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.

 

Happy Blogging!!

Book Binding: Home Kit


I haven’t made my own video for this, but I did find one made by someone else already. Now my machine that I bought which was really cheap and came with plastic covers, backs and spines can do up to 150 pages. The reason that I bought mine, was to bind my manuscripts AND storyboards together. It doesn’t matter if you are a manga artist or comic book artist or any other kind of artist where you require a lot of notes and storyboards, binding can be a blessing even if it’s just a few pages. It’s not a cost many of us are willing to go and pay for professionally. Where I live, it’s not that expensive to get a book bound with those plastic clips, but in all honesty, the price you pay for the plastic spines is less that what they charge you for drilling the page holes and putting it together when you can just do it yourself for much less.

I’ve tried the clips, I’ve tried paper clips, I’ve tried binding it myself which was to messy and time consuming and cost me more money that the paper itself did. In the end, after a while through vigorous referencing, they either fell apart or started to wear and fray quicker than I would have liked. If you are serious about making a graphic novel, storybook or writing your own book, these machines are worth it and even if you’re not serious or have no plan to get published, it’s still worth it. You can neatly stack your work with your other books on a bookshelf instead of in a box under your bed never to be seen again.

My other reason for getting this machine, was to make my own journal. I’ve ALWAYS wanted to make my own journal or art book with pages that don’t suck and a cover that I genuinely like. I also like to have one drawing page and one lined page for notes. I hate to write on art paper because I feel like it’s a waste of art space. It’s also excellent for storyboarding, concept art and character design. You just jot down your nots on one page and doodle it up on the other and then you have everything in the one place instead of two separate books ^w^