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Pro Comic and Manga Template by DaneRot Pro Comic and Manga Template by DaneRot

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UPDATED-APRIL 3, 2008---
I GOT A FEW REQUESTS FOR BACKWARDS COMPATIBILITY FOR CS THROUGH CS2 SO I MODIFIED THE FILE. PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF THIS WORKS BETTER FOR YOU GUYS!

I'VE ADDED AN EXTRA SPEC FOR AMERICAN COMICS AT ACTUAL PRINT SIZE AND I MODIFIED THE LARGE AMERICAN COMIC SIZE WHICH WAS SLIGHTLY OFF IN DIMENSIONS.

AND HERE IS THE ORIGINAL POST...


This is a Template for creating comic and manga art in Adobe Illustrator.

It's preloaded with standard American comic and manga sizes like...

American standard
American standard Double Page Spread
American Standard DPS on one page

TokyoPop standard
TokyoPop standard 1.5 x up
TokyoPop standard 2 x up

TokyoPop standard DPS
TokyoPop standard 1.5 x up DPS
TokyoPop standard 2 x up DPS

I've also loaded this document with a bunch of cool brushes that are all color-coded with a directory for what each color brush does.

The brushes are colored in the brush menu but can be assigned a new color when in use. I noticed it's hard to keep track of dozens of black brush icons so I created the color code.

The page is set to 11"x 17" dimensions but you can easily change the crop marks.

This document is set for use in Adobe CS3, but I'm sure you can use it in earlier versions.

If you load this document as a User Defined Brush Pallette you can use all the brushes in other documents.

This is version 1. I'm sure you may find errors in the brushes or typos, if you do please write me and let me know. I'll fix them up as soon as possible.

Let me know what you think!

If you need comic art tutorials for Adobe Illustrator check out my blog at www.illcraft.com for more resources.



Take care,
Brian Denham

EDIT--
Some of the brushes used in this document were taken from the web. I've included a few of several different people's free brush palettes but they have a lot more to offer if you visit their sites. I didn't include whole palette's just the best of the best for what I liked.

JOE WEBSTER--JW INK BRUSHES
First up is Joe Webster who has some awesome comic style inking brushes. Be sure to adjust your stroke to change the look. I like using a very low stroke of his detail brushes. Here's where you can find out more about Joe, his awesome art, and cool tutorials and brushes...
[link]
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:iconaclepticmusic:
Aclepticmusic Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
Um, I'm having some problems downloading. Can I have some help?
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:icondiva42:
diva42 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent Resource Thank You!
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:iconkarateschnitzel:
KarateSchnitzel Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
I LOVE YOU!! This is exactly what I need! Thank yooouuu!!^^
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:iconxskadoshx:
xskadoshx Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
love it for cs5 please ^.^
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:iconcreepingbone:
CreepingBoNE Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I have CS5, would you be able to upload something that's compatible to that version please?
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:iconchelsey-p:
Chelsey-P Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm having problems loadings this. It only makes one page of the words on your description O___o?
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:icontleeart:
TLEEART Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011
Thanks a lot for this resource! I'm excited for this, since I'm wanting to start up a comic.
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:icontigerroad:
TigerRoad Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011  Student General Artist
Your download only brings up a green page. I don't know if its me or not but I'd fix it if its not.
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:icongashu-monsata:
Gashu-Monsata Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I'm gonna sound totally stupid here most likely :P But I want to make a comic and print it out, however in the UK, we use A4, A5, etc. Are American sizes the same? Because we only use A4 and A3 in our college printers :B
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:iconiaswn:
iaswn Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010
Neat collection of brushes. Thanks.
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:iconprojecteverquest:
ProjectEverquest Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010
Can you help me find brushes for Photoshop 7 like this?
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:icondaysand123:
daysand123 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010
I don't understand how to download it.
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:iconanimezfan:
animezfan Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010
ok i will download this tnx
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:iconxer-ces:
Xer-ces Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome thanks!!:hug:
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:iconsilversahar:
silverSahar Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010
I tried to open it with PIMG and it's only shows a green page with a message.
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:iconmannycartoon:
mannycartoon Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for posting this dude..I've been messing with inking Illustrator.

Cool so far.
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:icontommyphillips:
TommyPhillips Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2010
so don't the vector remapping of the line annoy you?
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:icondanerot:
DaneRot Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010  Professional General Artist
I don't understand the question.
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:icontommyphillips:
TommyPhillips Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010
When I draw with the brush in Illustrator it does not keep the same line I draw. It changes slightly. Does that annoy you or how do you fix it where it will not do that...
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:icondanerot:
DaneRot Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2010  Professional General Artist
I have a tutorial page at [link] illcraft.com

You need to make custom brushes. I mainly use the pencil tool though.

Double-click the pencil tool and turn off "keep selected" it will allow you to draw more naturally.

Also pull the sliders all the way down for more control of your line.

Read the tutorial from the beginning. It may help.
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Slayer-1412 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2009  Student General Artist
nice :wow:
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:iconansatsumono:
AnsatsuMono Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009
Man, this'll be real useful. Thanks for sharing!
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:iconwatashisukidesu:
watashisukidesu Featured By Owner May 19, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
if I get this is my photoshop CS4 going to be replaced ???

or it will still remain ??

I have been searching this for a life time already good thing I found it !!
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:icontoyger:
Toyger Featured By Owner May 1, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Can't get it to work, so sent a mail like you said =)
This could be a great help, so hope you help out =P
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:iconbide666:
bide666 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2009
Thank you! This is an excellent starting point for new artists working with comic/manga materials.
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:iconproject001enyo:
Project001Enyo Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2009
How do I download the file? When I go to download, it just this green one page thing that has words that are cut off.
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:iconxandyr78:
Xandyr78 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2009
I realize I'm way behind here...but I've tried everything I can think of to use this...and all I ever get is a bunch of programming gibberish.

I'm using CS4, and would really like to be able to streamline some of my workflow. Anyone able to help?
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:icondanerot:
DaneRot Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2009  Professional General Artist
Like I said in a previous reply, anyone that can't get the template to work can just email me and I'll email the ai file back.

My email is
briandenham @ gmail. com

(of course, just smush my email address together so there is no spaces!)
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:iconxandyr78:
Xandyr78 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2009
Sent an e-mail couple weeks ago, Brian. I'm sure you're INSANELY busy (I've followed ya for awhile), but I'd never heard back.
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:iconbigbadronin:
bigbadronin Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2008
thanks man! really needed this.
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:iconflareon-jupiter:
Flareon-Jupiter Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2008
I won't likely be using the template since I have Manga Studio EX -- but I'm making my own word balloons in Illustrator (and importing them as PSD files in MS) and the brushes work really well.
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:icongojr-studios:
Gojr-Studios Featured By Owner May 14, 2008
Thank you, buddy.
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:iconmarvtmartian:
MarvTMartian Featured By Owner May 13, 2008  Hobbyist
I just tried to open a file that I'd created with this template in Illustrator into photoshop... it cropped the image right down! any ideas why?
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:icondanerot:
DaneRot Featured By Owner May 13, 2008  Professional General Artist
No idea. Did you open it as a Illustrator file in Photoshop?

Did you set your crop marks? I would only send it to Photoshop as a tiff for coloring. What were you doing?

I don't know what happened though.
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:iconmarvtmartian:
MarvTMartian Featured By Owner May 13, 2008  Hobbyist
I'd done a rough sketch in Illustrator using the template, then wanted to try inking in photoshop (I know, I'm a traitor for even trying). That's when it cropped the image right down.... how do I set crop marks?
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:icondanerot:
DaneRot Featured By Owner May 14, 2008  Professional General Artist
CROP MARKS

Draw a square with the shape tool to the size that you want your page outline to be.

Select the square and go to your Menu bar and select OBJECT then at the bottom it says CROP MARKS highlight that and select MAKE.

This will set your page outline so you can then save the page or transfer it to Photoshop with the correct size dimensions.

Woo. That's it.
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:iconmarvtmartian:
MarvTMartian Featured By Owner May 14, 2008  Hobbyist
cheers :-)
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SHADOWPRIME Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2008
Brilliant stuff man, thanks for sharing ^^
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:iconagnosticanarch:
agnosticanarch Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2008
Dude, you rock! I can't wait to try this out!!
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:iconmarvtmartian:
MarvTMartian Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2008  Hobbyist
Am I being thick? I've downloaded the file, but still can't get it to work! what am I doing wrong?
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:icondanerot:
DaneRot Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2008  Professional General Artist
You may have to change the extension to .ai from .pdf

or

if you have CS3 place the file in your Templates folder and then open it

if none of that works email me and I'll email you the file.

For 1 million dollars.....moohahaha
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:iconloverxxx:
Loverxxx Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
I don't really want to bother u, since I think u r a very busy man, but it doesn't seem to work on my illustrator. I use CS3... Well, that was it.
Btw, great art, I mean GREAT ART!
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:icondanerot:
DaneRot Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2008  Professional General Artist
Did you place the file in your Template folder and open it that way?

If you have problems with the file downloading or it's just not working, please email me at briandenham @ gmail.com and I will send you the file.

Don't worry about bothering me, that's what I'm here for. ALso a lot of people have asked me to email it for the same reasons so you will be in good company. :)
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:iconloverxxx:
Loverxxx Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Thanx... I really like your work, since you do most of it through illustrator, which seems really amazing to me, cuz I also work mostly with that program.
I will send the request to your email so u can send it to me. Again, thanx a lot!
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:iconestjohn:
estjohn Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, this is absolutely great! Thanks :)
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:icondanerot:
DaneRot Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2008  Professional General Artist
PLEASE DOWNLOAD AGAIN. I UPDATED THE FILE ON APRIL 3, 2008.
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:iconzjoriz:
zJoriz Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2008
Gee, thanks!
If you want older versions of AI to be able to open it, you gotta downgrade it (export) to the earliest version that supports all the functions you use. I always prefer Illustrator 8.0, but I doubt it will support those brushes ^_^
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:iconmarvtmartian:
MarvTMartian Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2008  Hobbyist
I can't get it to work in CS2 at all :-(
I've tried opening it as a normal file & as a Brush Library, but it won't work... what am I doing wrong?
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:icondanerot:
DaneRot Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2008  Professional General Artist
It was mentioned in the responses that you may have to change the file extension from .pdf to .ai that might help.

I may need to upload another version of this file later, I think I saved it wrong or something.
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:iconmarvtmartian:
MarvTMartian Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2008  Hobbyist
Yeah, Tried that earlier... It didn't work :-(
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