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.

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Table 4-1

Common Paper Sizes for Manga


Size in cm

Size in Inches


29.7 x 42.0 cm

11.7 x 16.5 inches


21 x 29.7 cm

8.3x 11.7 inches


14.8x21 cm

5.8 x 8.3 inches


10.5x14.8 cm

4.1 x 5.8 inches


25.7 x 36.4 cm

10.1 x 14.3 inches


18.2x25.7 cm

7.2x10.1 inches


12.8 X 18.2 cm

5x 7.2 inches


9.1 x 12.8 cm

3.6 x 5 inches

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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!

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