How to Make Comics in Photoshop – Create you own Comic Line Art

Almost all of us have read comics. Though the classic innocence of comic book, simple tales and silly storys declines in todays web based comics, but it has its own importance. Lets salute to the past and create story with our own photos in this tutorial by learning how to make comics in photoshop or comic line art.

comic art

Here we will learn how to create comic strip out of your own photos. You can also design your cards, Pics for your creative photo frame… Its time to show your skills…

Step 1: Create new document

Create new document

Click File > New enter width and height, we are creating document with 800 width and 1200 height. On a new layer draw a filled black rectangle, use Rectangular Marquee to draw rectangle.

Step 2: Create Frame

Create Frame

Select the shape (Ctrl/right click on its layer thumbnail and select pixels) then shrink the selection by 10px using Select > Modify > Contract. Delete the selection by pressing Backspace.

Step 3: Add more frames

Add more frames

Duplicate the layer as many as you need for the full page of comic. Arrange them as you wish and then, when you’re happy, select all except background and merge them.

Step 4: Fill the border

By filling the space around the frames with white, you can frame your images behind these little ‘windows’ to keep it clean.

Step 5: Place the images

place the images

Open up your photos, copy and paste them into the document. Make sure they all go underneath the aperture layer. Transform them and position them.

Step 6: Tracing paper

Tracing paper

Once you are happy with the arrangement, merge the images in one layer. Create new layer and fill it with white. Change the Opacity to around 50% to use it as tracing paper.

Step 7: Choose the Tools

Choose the Tools

Grab the brush tool and give it a slightly thicker size for the outline, like 4px. and brush with size 3px for inner lines, hands, border, where clothes meet skin.

Step 8: Start tracing

Start tracing

In new layer begin tracing all the figures that you want to be in the final image. You can draw around everyone in the same layer (this is time consuming, but satisfying).

Step 9: Colour in

colour in

Use Magic wand (unchecking Anti-Aliasing) to select areas that you want to fill with colour, and in a new layer fill that selection with a colour of your choice. Start Colouring.

Step 10: Merge Layers

Merge Layers

To keep the document concise for speed of working, merge all similar layers in which single objects can still be edited separately.

Step 11: Annotations


In new folder create layer for text. Using the Type tool, write your story in small text boxes – the font used is Comic Sans MS and Bold selected. After writing use the same method as in Step 2 to create yellow boxes for the text.

Step 12: Expressive fonts

Expressive fonts

Enter some text for noise emphasis, such as Yeppeee…., Click on the Wrap Text Button in the Option bar ( a ‘T’ sitting on an arc) to manipulate the text. Now you can use any style which suits your annotation.

Step 13: Give a look

Give a look

Take a paper texture and place it in new layer above all. Set the blend mode to Linear Burn and Opacity to 50%.

Step 14: Final touch

Final touch

You may prefer to use different colour once you are done, it’s easy to change. Use the Magic Wand to select the colour you want to change. You can use a Hue/ Saturation adjustment to experiment.


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