Photoshop’s actions allow you to string together a bunch of repetitive steps to save time and sanity. They can be tricky to learn. But, once you’ve got the basics down actions could become an essential part of your comic workflow.
TIP: If you’re already familiar with actions, skip down to the Advanced section, below. There may be something new to try.
What can you do with Actions?
Hey there! My name is Devin, and in case you don’t know me I’m the Editor-In-Chief here at Making Comics (dotCom). I’ve had an idea percolating for a bit to start something new—an ongoing Q&A column that should prove useful for anyone needing advice. Creating a comic can be an isolating experience, especially when you hit a wall and are having difficulty finding solutions. If you’re in a situation like that, I’d like to help. (more…)
Efficiency. As comic creators, we’re all striving for it. With full-time jobs, family, and everything else life throws at us competing for our precious art time, being more efficient means getting more done. My goal with these Photoshop articles is to help you streamline your process to get more work done in the same amount of time – or even less. I began with an article on using Photoshop Actions in your workflow. Today, I want to talk about using some of the more powerful features of a world class application like Photoshop. Specifically, creating shadows and effects nondestructively. But what is nondestructive editing? Let’s have Adobe explain it:
Nondestructive editing allows you to make changes to an image without overwriting the original image data, which remains available in case you want to revert to it. Because nondestructive editing doesn’t remove data from an image, the image quality doesn’t degrade when you make edits.
If you use Adobe Photoshop at any point in your comics making process, then there’s a good chance you should be using Actions to speed up your process. But what are Actions, and why would you want to use them? (more…)
This short video tutorial explains how to create quick, professional looking text sound effects using Photoshop. What’s more, the effect is non-destructive, meaning it uses layer styles on active text (not rasterized text) so you can change the word, change the look and even save it as a style to apply to other text. This is the way I do a majority of text effects on my comic Marooned.