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Loomy Wips #1: Page Spread Progression by LOOMcomics Loomy Wips #1: Page Spread Progression by LOOMcomics
A long progress sheet Erin put together I as was working.

Thanks to :iconerin314:!

:star: :star: :star: :star: Big Finished Page is Here: [link] :star: :star: :star: :star:

Give it a read if you have time! ;)

OTHER WIPS in this series:

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:iconkouri-n:
Kouri-n Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This was by far the most informative tutorial I've ever read. You have it all planned out so well and have such a good feel for the entire thing. Thank you so much.
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:iconloomcomics:
LOOMcomics Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Glad you liked and thanks for saying so! :glomp:
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xXAngelsofChaosXx Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing! Great job on the page, and overall on this tutorial!!!
:D I'm gonna save this for when I start editing. lol
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:iconloomcomics:
LOOMcomics Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Thank you. Glad you enjoyed. :)
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xXAngelsofChaosXx Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcome!
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rowanshadowcat Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012
Which pens do you use for inking?
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:iconloomcomics:
LOOMcomics Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Oh, dear. Lots of things! Sharpies, Microns (esp 005, Deleter, calligraphy pens, all kinds of nibs for dip ink, Radiographs* (my new favorite), and sable brushes. :) Today I found myself using a plain ball point for some things... I like all pens, so long as I have variety of line. ^^ I'm not too picky about brands either (I don't get into brand wars). I prefer to be choosy about paper rather than ink. I confess I'm a bit picky about paper. ^^
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:iconrowanshadowcat:
rowanshadowcat Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
Thank you for the great advice
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:iconjadiner:
JadineR Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
Now I'm jealous. ♥

How do you break your two-page spreads? I've always had problems making sure they line up in print correctly ><
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:iconloomcomics:
LOOMcomics Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
:heart:

What sorts of issues are you having? I'll print a demo with KaBlam and make another tut/review on it, I think. That way I can troubleshoot/show visuals. XD A lot of printing comes down to individual printers and their specs/alignment unfortunately. But when I break them up, them I basically follow print specs/size. I know that's not entirely helpful way of putting it, but maybe I can show you guys later. >>;;
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JadineR Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
Oh wow, that's too much trouble to go to :blush:

My problem is that, when I size up the page with the template --when KaBlam at least didn't have double spreads templates-- I had to cut down the middle of the spread "by eye". I could never tell whether it was the "correct" middle or not. XD KaBlam has the template luckily but so far it's the only printing comic company I've seen who has it >_>
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:iconloomcomics:
LOOMcomics Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Ah, it's already something I'm planning to do, no worries! I learn a ton doing these things and listening to others, so. ^^ I'd like to know the answers as well, so trying to like, put them in words is good for me, too! You're using Kablam, then? Who is it that you usually use, if you don't mind me asking? I could start keeping my ears open for the names. :)
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JadineR Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012
^_^

I used KaBlam once, as an experiment to see how my pages looked. I posted a mini-review here: [link] Other than that, I used the local Alpha Copies last year for a mini comic. I was thinking of using KaBlam until I've heard of ComixPress. The quality looks really nice and the setups are, personally, a bit easier to understand than KaBlam's despite KaBlam having additional good templates. So I thought about using them instead. However--! There have been a couple of people who have come out with horror stories about ComixPress's service (eg the ink on comic pages running, still wet, pages falling out) so I'm unsure now :O I've heard about Transcon (?) but that's Canadian and seemingly more expensive, I think.
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LOOMcomics Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
That's so interesting! Thanks for the link!
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TrainHartentLover Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you very much

I really needed this lesson.
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:iconloomcomics:
LOOMcomics Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
You're welcome. <3
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unconventionalsenshi Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
woah! O.o :heart:
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:iconloomcomics:
LOOMcomics Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
:heart::glomp:
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:iconnozomigirl:
nozomigirl Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
this was very helpful! i have a silly question...how do you make folders in Photoshop for the layers, i never could get it....probably in plain sight lol but im a little slow sometimes o.O i love seeing your WIP type stuff its always neat to see how something is done :) i cant wait till im like that lol
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:iconloomcomics:
LOOMcomics Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Glad you think so. It's sort of general, I know, but I think sometimes general information can be nice, too! That way, I can know what types of information to specialize later based on replies. :3 Thanks for the comment. XD And you're not slow! All these little icons & options can get a little dizzying sometimes! I feel that way too on many things...

When you go searching how to make those folders, they're actually called, "Groups." So tuts on "Grouping Layers" will help you most.

As with most Photoshop thingies, there's a coupla ways to do it, but I think the easiest way is to tell you to look at the bottom pane of the Layers panel, there's this little folder-shaped icon. Click that and it creates a group! You can drag things layers this group (You can even have sub-groups.) Here's a visual > [link]

Hope that helps. To color them... You can right-click the new group/folder icon > Group Properties... > Color: (dropdown & select).
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nozomigirl Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you so much! i will have to try it out :)it will be helpful cuz i tend to get confused with so many layers.
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LOOMcomics Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Oh, totally! They are your friend, you will love them! I love to put things up their big groups and then lock them so I don't screw up or accidentally drag something to high heaven, or color/erase on a wrong layer... 8D
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nozomigirl Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
oh wow yea that would be bad. oh i hope so! i havent been using it lately because my daughter broke my pen tablet T.T but next time i do i will do some exploring and try it out. it took me forever to figure out the layer thing when i fist got it. hopefully this wont be so complicated lol.
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whiskeyii Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012
I feel like I should pay more attention to splash pages now... >_> Since I tend to stick to shonen stuff, most of the time a spread is just a "Don't I look cool?" kinda' shot. But I think your abstract thought process really makes more of an impact. Definitely gonna' squirrel away this little nugget of wisdom! :D
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LOOMcomics Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
I feel that way a lot, too. There's just so many ways to do it and so much potential ways of doing things out there. I am also learning and I can't wait to keep on experimenting. ^^ I try to try out everyone else's thought processes from time to time to see if I can make something different, so I figured maybe do up a little thing on how my thoughts worked for this one. Thanks for the comment. XD :hug: :hug:
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osakilina Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very helpful. I love to see how other artists' minds work. Mine isn't as well-polished as yours. XD I'm so unprofessional...
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LOOMcomics Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
I'm a work-in-progress and I always will be. But I guess that's every artist. ^^ My mantra is, "You win some, you lose some." :D And Ftr, I always really liked your style and comics! XD I do silly loose stuff too, like draw on napkins. I'm not so rigid and mechanical that I do things the same way every time. XD
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osakilina Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Same here. And thanks! I don't think I'm that great, though. xD I have so much to learn. When you showed how you take black, white and gray into consideration for your page layouts, I realized how my page compositions lack much thought behind them. Seeing your method will help me when considering future page layouts!
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TriaElf9 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Wow! It's really awesome to see your process! You're so professional! Oooh, sooo jealous of your clean pages T_T Can't wait for more pages! (and more insight into your work!)
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:iconloomcomics:
LOOMcomics Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Thank you... *_* You're always too nice. :heart:
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:icontriaelf9:
TriaElf9 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
But it's truuuuuue! ^_^ I don't usually gush, but when I gush, I mean it ^_^
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