Selecting page templates a la carte

If you don't feel like setting up your own page, just switch to the Page Templates tab, as shown in Figure 4-2, and you have a large variety of predefined templates at your disposal. All of the necessary page dimensions have been planned out for you, so all you need to do is choose your resolution and start working!

Looking at the list of templates can be a bit daunting, especially if you aren't familiar with the terminology of paper sizes or what the difference between Submission paper and Dojinshi paper. (Don't feel bad. I didn't really know when 1 first started making comics either!) Table 4-1 breaks down the various page sizes into centimeters and inches.

Haw Pftga

Custom Page Templates

!& ft 1 l v c* 11 M HI EU

>B

it UlPeteit;

Tcfl<5lale Warns

Page Sue

^ User

£l]5i»A4P*)e Froh B5

21 .BOlfflTOAt

£J] See B4 Paper FrwfcA4

25 70*36.106^

OBaocPap«

*i Doprnfii Papa

Fined Page

Fixed Size

Subimeion Paper

L3Z

Pw!B 21 00» 23.70 FnjhFiane 1820*25.70

PagtSfitffi

PageEliudure OB&ife isMPw Fn h B5 5 ™

PagtSfitffi

PageEliudure OB&ife isMPw Fn h B5 5 ™

Pw!B 21 00» 23.70 FnjhFiane 1820*25.70

Table 4-1

Common Paper Sizes for Manga

Paper

Size in cm

Size in Inches

A3

29.7 x 42.0 cm

11.7 x 16.5 inches

A4

21 x 29.7 cm

8.3x 11.7 inches

A5

14.8x21 cm

5.8 x 8.3 inches

A6

10.5x14.8 cm

4.1 x 5.8 inches

B4

25.7 x 36.4 cm

10.1 x 14.3 inches

B5

18.2x25.7 cm

7.2x10.1 inches

B6

12.8 X 18.2 cm

5x 7.2 inches

B7

9.1 x 12.8 cm

3.6 x 5 inches

Japanese postcard

10.0 cm x 14.8 cm

3.9 x 5,8 inches

So, when you see a template with the title Basic Page AO Finish B7 5mm, it's telling you that you'll be working on a 10.5-x- 14.8-centimeter piece of paper with a finish frame of 9.1 x 12.8 centimeters and a bleed width of 5 millimeters.

The page templates are shown in centimeters. So keep that in mind when you select your template. If you aren't careful, that piece of paper you think is 10 x 15 inches will turn out to be 4 x 6 inches! I've made that mistake on more than one occasion, so I speak from experience.

Now that I've covered the sizes, you can tackle the various template types that are available to you:

i** Basic Paper: As its name implies, these are basic templates with various sizes for the canvas as well as its bleed, finish, and basic frames. These templates are available in both 600 and 1200 dpi.

f Dojinshi Paper: Dojinshi is a Japanese term used for independently produced/distributed manga. These are fan comics that are made outside the system and are sold through mail order or other means, instead of in book and comic stores.

is* Fixed Page: This is the same as the basic paper types, with a larger variety of sizes and resolutions.

W Fixed Size: These are templates that are formatted in inches or pixels. They don't have any printing frames associated with them; they're just blank pages. The pages formatted by pixels are at a much lower resolution than any of the other templates (72 and 150 dpi).

v0 Submission Paper: These are templates typically used for various Japanese magazines.

Just like on the Custom Page tab, you can select a single page or a two-page spread.

Now for the moment you've been waiting for: selecting your template!

1. From the main menu, choose FileCNew ¡ Page.

2. Select the Page Templates tab on the New Page dialog box.

3. Choose your template from the Default folder on the left side of the window.

Click the folder of the paper type you'd like to work from.

4. If there are a group of folders organized by resolution, choose the folder of the resolution you'd like to work in.

5. Choose the template size you'd like to work on from the list on the center window.

6. In the Page Settings section (located above the page preview on the right side of the window), select the Single option button If you'd like only one page, or you can select the Double option button if you'd like to work on a two-page spread.

7. When you're set, click the OK button.

You're now ready to start drawing!

Was this article helpful?

0 0
Freehand Sketching An Introduction

Freehand Sketching An Introduction

Learn to sketch by working through these quick, simple lessons. This Learn to Sketch course will help you learn to draw what you see and develop your skills.

Get My Free Ebook


Post a comment