Sunday, March 11, 2012

From Sketch to PSD, iPad tutorial part 6

In the last post we built a template page. When you complete your page rough on the iPad you will import that to Photoshop to set up the page.
Copy the template and rename however you want to keep pages organized. If you've used Sketchbook Pro on the iPad to make your rough as discussed in a previous post, you can use iCloud to sync to the desktop version of Sketchbook Pro, you can save to Dropbox, email to yourself, etc. Once you have that on your PC bring it into your page. The resolution of the iPad is small compared to your final print so you will need to transform it to fill the whole PSD. It will be pixelated, but it's the rough so that's okay.
In the template we made 7 folders for 7 frames. If this page has less frames, delete those extras: if more, copy and name 8, 9, etc. Cmd+semi colon to bring up you guides. Transform each premade border to the size you sketched. Be sure to snap to guides so that the boxes will be more perfectly aligned than your sketched boxes.

In each folder you should have at least one premade balloon. Delete or copy each of these to match the balloons needed for each frame. Size them to roughly match the sketch. The final size and position will be matched to fit the text, not the sketch.
Open your script and navigate to the page you are working on. Copy text from a piece of dialog. And paste it into a text field above the balloon. Repeat until all dialog is pasted and then size your balloons to fit the text. I also do some last minute editing to make sure text fits well into the space. Add any captions or any other text you want in at this point. I generally add sound effects after unless I think I will need to know how it's positioned while drawing. In other words, it's a bit of a judgement call and your style. Note: I don't bother with the balloon tails yet because they need to aim perfectly to the character speaking, but I've not drawn that yet so I'll add those when I import the final images back into this PSD.
Now, hide every layer except borders, balloons, captions and that thin black line I had you make around the parameter of the whole page.

Save this out as a PNG so it has transparency and put it in your Dropbox folder. Then on the iPad, open Dropbox and save to your Photos. You should already have the sketch you've used to make this page on your iPad because that's where you created it, but if not be sure to add it to your Photos too.
In the next post I'll talk about how I add these 2 images to Brushes and begin drawing.
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