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Here's the reason I suggest adding panels to your roughs earlier in the chapter: You can use a panel layer to not only create the borders for you, but also clean up any excess art that may have bled past the boundaries of your panels.

What's great about this tool is that you can create practically any kind of panels you'd like. Whether you like to work with purely square or rectangular panels, or like to skew things up, you can make them on the Panel Ruler layer with no problems.

To create your panel borders:

1. From the main menu, choose Layers New Layer.

2. Select Panel Ruler Layer from the Layer Type drop-down list and click OK.

A thick blue rectangle appears around the inner rectangle of your print guide. That's your Panel Ruler Layer. That's what you use to shape and ultimately draw your panel borders.

c—i 3. On the Tools palette, select the Panel Ruler Cutter tool.

4. Using your panels as a guide, drag the tool along the panel ruler, bisecting each area into two panels, as shown in Figure 3-10.

,;, 5. Oil the Tools palette, select the Object Selector tool.

Depending on how you drew the panels, the Panel Rulers you created may still be the wrong size. The Object Selector helps you shape the Panel Rulers further so that everything matches up.

Figure 3-10:

The Panel Ruler Cutter does exactly what it says.

Repeat as necessary.

Figure 3-10:

The Panel Ruler Cutter does exactly what it says.

6. Click one of the Panel Ruler edges (it turns red), and drag it until it meets your border, as shown in Figure 3-11.

Repeat as necessary.

Figure 3-11:

The Object Selector tool helps you stretch the panel rulers to match your panels.

Figure 3-11:

The Object Selector tool helps you stretch the panel rulers to match your panels.

Now that the Panel Rulers match what you roughed out, it's time to turn them into finished borders.

7. From the main menu, choose Ruler r Panel Ruler "Raslerize.

A Rasterize Panel Ruler dialog box pops up, as shown in Figure 3-12.

In this exercise, 1 want you to keep things simple, so 1 have you create a simple raster layer. If you're interested in more complicated techniques, such as creating individual panel layers to work on, be sure to check out Chapter 7.

8. Select the Convert Panel Image to Raster Pen Layer check box,

9. Type Borders in the Layer Name text box.

10. Make sure that the Convert Ruler Data to Ruler Layer and the Create Panel Ruler from Ruler Data check boxes are both deselected.

12. On the Layers palette, hide the Panel Ruler layer by clicking the eye icon to the left of its name.

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And there you go! You should now see something much like what 1 created in Figure 3-13. Not only are the borders created, but the gutters (the space in between the panels) are all filled with white — so all the art outside the panels has automatically been trimmed.

Figure 3-13:

A new layer is created, with your completed pane! borders and excess artwork trimmed.

Figure 3-13:

A new layer is created, with your completed pane! borders and excess artwork trimmed.

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