One of the most celebrated icons of childhood is the comic book. Comic books are known for vibrant characters, brilliant colors and whimsical plots. Creating a comic book is a great way to tell a story, and can now be done easily with your computer.
Open the images you'll be transforming into a comic book in Photoshop. Higher-resolution images convert best. Select images that are at least 500 by 500 pixels in height and width to avoid a blurry or pixelated final image. When you've opened all your images, go to "Window" on the Menu bar and select "Arrange," then "Cascade." The "Cascade" option allows you to view all of the images in one screen.
Match the levels on all your images to get a uniform look. Click "Image" on the Menu bar, then select "Adjustments," then "Color Balance." You can also simply press Ctrl + B on your keyboard. For these images, the color levels are 30, 85, and 41.
Combine your images by dragging one onto another while the windows are opened in "Cascade."
Scale the images. In this tutorial, three images are combined. One image contains the background, the other two contain action characters. In order to create a realistic scene, you'll need to scale the characters to match the background image. Do this by going to "Edit" on the Menu bar, and selecting "Transform," then "Scale." Be sure to select the "Maintain Ratio Aspect" icon on the "Scale" Menu bar to avoid skewing the image. Scale each image based on your interpretation of how the characters would realistically fit in the scene.
Add shadow to your characters. Right-click on the layer with the character and select "Blending Options." Under "Shadow," change the angle to 90 degrees, the distance to 0 pixels, the spread to 18%, and the size to 18 pixels. Also add an "Inner Shadow." Leave the default settings unchanged.
Select "Color Overlay" and change the color to #3C4705. Change the "Blending Mode" to "Overlay" and the opacity to 60%.
Go to "Image" and select "Merge Visible."
Go to "Filter" and select "Artistic," then "Poster Edges." Change the "Edge Thickness" to 4, the "Edge Intensity" to 1, and the "Posterization" to 2.
Return to the "Filter" menu and select "Artistic," then "Cutout." Change the "Number of Levels" to 6, the "Edge Simplicity" to 1, and the "Edge Fidelity" to 2.
Duplicate the layer by right-clicking on the layer in the layer palette and selecting "Duplicate Layer." On the duplicated layer, select the "Filter" option from the Menu bar, choose "Pixelate," then "Color Halftone." Keep the default settings.
Change "Blending Mode" to "Multiply." Change the "Fill" to 25%.
Create a new layer. Choose the "Shape" tool from the "Tool" bar, then the "Thought Blurb" icon from the "Custom Shape" drop-down menu. Go to "Paths" in the "Layer Box," and right-click. Select "Fill Path," then choose a color (the illustration uses white).
Create another layer for text. Type in text, using a comic-like font such as "VinciHand." Right-click on the layer and select "Rasterize." Save the image. You're done.
Continue to add images to complete your comic as separate Photoshop files. After you've completed your story, save all of your images.
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