Expanding panels

A recurring trend in comics and manga is expanding the artwork of a panel all the way to the edge of the page. It's a seemingly little trick, but it's really an effective tool if you want to bring the reader a little further into the scene you're looking to establish.

Follow these steps to expand a panel to the edge of the page:

1. Select the Object Selector from the Tools palette and make sure that the Select All Continuous Points on Ruler check box is selected on the Tool Options palette.

2. On the panel ruler layer, click the Panel you wish to expand.

3. From the main menu, choose Ruler: Panel Ruler: Expand.

The Expand Panel Ruler dialog box appears, as shown in Figure 7-16.

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4. Choose how you would like the panel borders to look after expansion by selecting one of the radio buttons under Expand Panel Ruler to Page End.

Like when you use the Parallel Division function, you're offered two options here:

• Parallel to Page Side: The expanded panel borders become parallel to the page at 90 degree angles, as shown in the middle in Figure 7-17,

• Parallel to Panel Ruler Side: The expanded panel borders remain parallel to the panel borders surrounding it, as shown in the bottom in Figure 7-17,

Original panel

Panel expanded parallel tc page sides

Figure 7-17:

You can expand the panel ruler parallel tn the page (middle] or to the surrounding panel rulers (bottom).

Panel expanded parallel to panel ruler sides

Panel expanded parallel tc page sides

Figure 7-17:

You can expand the panel ruler parallel tn the page (middle] or to the surrounding panel rulers (bottom).

Panel expanded parallel to panel ruler sides

5. Choose the directions you wish to expand the borders from the check boxes under Expanding Direction.

This is your opportunity to specify how you want the panel to expand. For example, if you're just looking to expand the left and right sides of the panel, select the Left and Right check boxes. You can choose any (or all) of the four directions.

6. Click OK when you're doue.

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