A Tip From Tony! (Re-Post)

I felt it was time to re-post this little diddy. This was originally posted in June of 2011. I think you may find this very useful.
So…read on!

 

I haven’t done one of these in a while but, my Ka-Blam mates and I, have been noticing in the message center that a lot of people seem to be having similar issues which need to be addressed.

First off, everything I’m telling you can be easily found by reading through our FAQ’s and Technical Specs pages. I’d also strongly recommend reading through the comments and replies below the FAQ and Tech Specs pages. A lot of information is provided there as well.

You ready? Let’s go!

FILE SIZES!

1. Standard Comic: 7 x 10.5 inches.
Let’s say your comic page/file is only 6×9, we still need the file you send us to be  7 x 10.5 inches, unless you’re doing a custom sized book.  All you need to do is to place your file on a 7 x 10.5 canvas and fill the rest with white, a color of your choice, or whatever you like; just as long as the final file size you send us is 7 x 10.5 inches.

2. Manga Comic: 5.5 x 7.75 inches.
The same rule applies here as above. If your comic page is smaller than 5.5 x 7.75 inches, we still need the final file that you send us to be 5.5 x 7.75 inches.

3. Magazine Format: 8.25 x 10.75 inches
Do I need to say it?

****VERY IMPORTANT: Before you send us your way too cool files, be sure to delete the Ka-Blam template. We already have one. ****
OK, armed with the above info, let’s jump into the templates! Yay!

TEMPLATES!

Back in the Ka-Blam Bunker we get a lot of questions concerning our templates. They’re pretty self-explanatory but, if you’re a visual type of person, like myself, you may find this very useful. I’ve given this link to several creators whom have found it very helpful so I thought that I should share this with everyone, again.

Ladies and Gentlemen…The Ka-Blam Template Visual Guide!
Check it out, give it a look…I’ll wait.

So now that leads me into our most frequent and biggest obstacle course which  most people seem to have a difficult time navigating…the bleed. Now armed with all the information above, this should be a pretty easy explanation.

TO BLEED OR NOT TO BLEED!

1. Full Bleed
If you want the images/pages of your final printed comic to cover the entire page; I’m talking no borders just a whole image of Capt. Underpants crashing through a wall, then you need your image to cover the entire template. If you’re doing a standard size comic, then Capt Underpants needs to be covering the entire 7 x 10.5 inch template.  If you’re doing a manga comic then Cap needs to fill the entire 5.5 x 7.75 inch template. Yes, that includes the yellow and scary red area of the template. The whole thing! You shouldn’t see any white border in your final file. It should only be Capt. Underpants in all his wall-busting 7 x 10.5 inch glory.  That, my friends, is full bleed.

Now one important note here; if you have Capt. Underpants saying something prolific as he crashes through the wall, make sure that his prolific utterance is sitting safely in the blue area of the template. We will trim away the red area of the template and having something in the yellow area might risk getting lost as well. You can afford to lose a few flying bricks but, Capt. Underpants’ awesome word balloon is important,  so keep it safe…keep it in the blue.

2. Non Full Bleed.
At this point, this may be a bit redundant and if you think it is…then congrats, you got it! If you want your image to sit nicely in the middle of the page with a nice border around it, (just like those old Steve Ditko Spiderman comics) then place it in the middle of our template in the safe, blue area and fill the remainder of the template up with white or whichever color you like.  In the end, you’re still sending us a 7 x 10.5 inch file/page.


As I mentioned at the outset, all this can be found by reading through our Technical Specs and FAQ’s pages. There’s also a search feature where you can find lots of info as well as some very cool articles and info found by clicking through our Resources page.

Now get back to making some comics!
Play Nice.

2 Comments

  1. Hi there!
    Thanx so much for all of these wonderful tips for comic writers/artists who don’t know WHAT steps to take to get ones’ work published. I myself have a webiste for my manga-but the goal is to get it in print!I currently have 17 completed issues, but only post issues 1&2 online for viewing along with story intro, gallery w/ the option of requesting the remaining completed issues ona disc to prevent people from just downloading all of my work. Do you think this is a good idea? or bad?

    Thanx so much!
    -Talia Duci

  2. Here’s a walkthrough for those true noobs who can’t work their way around Photoshop (including me*):

    HOW TO MAKE YOUR COMIC BOOK PRINT-READY USING PHOTOSHOP AND THE APPROPIATE TEMPLATE:

    1. Open your comic book page and appropiate template in Photoshop (FILE>OPEN>…)
    2. Click on the page, then SELECT>ALL, EDIT>COPY
    3. Click on the template, then SELECT>ALL, EDIT>PASTE. Your page (layer 1)should now be on top of the template (layer 0)
    4. change opacity to verify (“Uh, still trying to figure this one out” :S )
    5. Right-click page, then EDIT>TRANSFORM>SCALE. You can now change the size to the appropiate proportion using the template as a guide by dragging the box handles around the image. Click the image twice to set.
    6. Delete the template from the layers menu (WINDOWS>LAYERS) by clcking layer 0, then the trash icon in the lower right corner. Click ‘yes’ to confirm
    7. FILE>SAVE AS… in a different file and name to retain appropiate template; FORMAT: TIFF, COMPRESSION: LZW
    8. Congratulations! You’re done with that page. Good luck!

    (*Seriously. I was doing triumphant body-builder poses when I figured it out.)

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