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Making of RD Comic by TamarinFrog Making of RD Comic by TamarinFrog
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Well, well... I actually made this. People have asked me SO many times how I make my comics so here you go. Oh, and this is SIMPLE tutorial. I have simplified some things because the idea of this is to get the basic idea how I make the comic. For example, Lost Tower is really on it's own layer but I made it a part of the BG in this tutorial.

At first I was going to make a tutorial only about the shadows but I figured that I might as well show the comic progress step by step. I hope you'll find this interesting and if you learned something from this. Great! Oh, one tip for the shadows. You don't need to use bluish shadows. You can also use other colors and see how they affect the multiply result. Play around with the Hue/Saturation adjustment to get interesting results.

About line arts... I have done line arts with pencil/markers too but I've find that I get the best result with digital ways. It takes more time though and, to me, line art is the most time consuming part in comic making.

The program I use is Photoshop CS5 but you can do this with older versions too. As for other programs... There shouldn't be anything too complicated here so I think they are good too.

Edit: Commonly asked questions:

How long does it usually take to make one page?
- Depending on how complicated the page is (amount of characters and/or effects), about 5-10 hours.

How big are your working files?
- I don't change the size of scanned documents in any way. The size of one comic page while I work and BEFORE resizing is usually 2457x3437. Resolution 300. (very random numbers indeed).

And of course, you can see the final result here.

Pokemon (c) Nintendo
Random Doom (c) me
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Stallion6 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2015
I'm thinking of turning the Jedi Knight Ross story I'm working on into a comic in honor of your Random Doom series...but I am sure that it won't be half as good as Random Doom...

I'm very much an amateur when it comes to digital art. I originally planned to make stories like "Random Doom: HALO" and "Doctor Ross" into comics as well but....

As you see from my drawings, when I scan them into digital files on my computer the color is "washed out" and I am disgusted at my own drawings!

A solution was to use markers but I do have a few questions about that. Where do I find that orange/brown color Ross is? How do I shade using markers?

....My head hurts trying to answer these questions.
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Miunish Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh man, thanks really, this is so enlightening! at least with you this seems simple. Now I wish I knew how to do backgrounds :D (Big Grin) 
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DexKai Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014
thanks
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AuroraArt Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you for sharing! This is very helpful. :D
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Freezachu92 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Wow... This made me realize how complicated the process of making just one good drawing is. Not to mention all of the groups that Tammy's in, and all of the drawings for them. 
Clap Tammy, you are truly a professional. It will probably take me a lot of practice to get even close to this... But that just sets my goals even higher! I am gonna work on my drawing skillz for days!! (Until I get my grades up that is Sweating a little... )
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TamarinFrog Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!

Good luck with your own projects too! :D
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Makoes Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This tutorial!!! Thank you sooooooooooo much!!!!!!!! I can't even explain how many thing I've been struggling with just clicked into place with this, and how many more things this has opened up for me!  
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TamarinFrog Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Glad to hear you found this helpful. I've learned some better tricks after this and I hope to make a new tutorial someday but this will get you going too. :)
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victorialampini Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's so hard to make the paintbrush tool make straight curves without any bumps and mess ups. Then again, I am a beginner at this type of art. 
How long did it take you to get a steady hand to make the lines so clean?
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TamarinFrog Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Aah, I've been drawing digitally... 5-6 years. That might explain why I have really steady hand. Be sure to have a big canvas and resolution at least at 300 so you get the best results in smooth lines. :)

Also, if you feel your hand is not steady enough, pen tool is one option (if your drawing program has it). Here is a tutorial on how to use it on photoshop: fav.me/d2n82o6
I use pen tool pretty much the same way as shown in the tutorial and I've made some works entirely with it. Example: fav.me/d5kqrfo
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victorialampini Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks 4 the tips Jenna!

I'm sure gonna be using the pen tool a lot for a while!
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TamarinFrog Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Glad I could help and good luck.
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xXosakaXx Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014
when you start adding colors, do you use the wand tool on the colors layer or the lineart layer? when i use the wand tool on the colors layer, it highlights everything and i cant use the bucket tool.
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TamarinFrog Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I use the color layer. And I know your problem! On the top somewhat right when you have the wand tool selected, be sure to check the "sample all layers" box. This way it takes into account all layers and you can color using the wand tool much easier. :)
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xXosakaXx Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014
i found it. whoo boy, do i feel silly. thank you so much for your help!
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TamarinFrog Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hehe, I had to learn these too back in the day. ;) No problem.
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DarkraixCresselia Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
A nice idea for a tutorial would be one on how you make the artwork for the bios, since they have a different style than how your comics and bios were in the past. Plus, some tips on things such as lineart and shading. I myself have trouble with shading the most; I either have too little, or too much, or it's all wonky and funny.
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ChupaRodrique5 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is quite helpful! Woohooooo! cuz imma start a comic like next year as im  trying to polish my skills (drawing and learning to master photoshop). So I am looking forward to the future

Thank You Very Much for this tutorial!
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TamarinFrog Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you found it helpful. I've learned more and do things slightly differently now so i hope to do an updated version of this in the future but you can still get good results this way too. :)
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ChupaRodrique5 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Your Welcome.:iconlabeatplz:  And also thank you for considering to do so (whether or not it was due to my comment), I Hope that You and I (as well as the rest of us) strive to continually improve our skills.Cool Smile 
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RinnyRinsTins Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
o.o what size of a strip did you use for this one. o.o
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TamarinFrog Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I use the international paper size (A4) that is one of the default sizes in photoshop. (that is also about the size you get when you scan pictures). Of course I re-size them once I am done.
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RinnyRinsTins Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you c:
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somerrocks Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
man ive always loved your comics!...........my head hearts..................bowl.......head.......e.hhh............ow.....ok whos hitting me hwith it.........blarg my ocs have broken out of my imagination again guess its time to call imagiation busters..............like ghost busters.........but imaginary ow i think my heads actually bleeding.....yep it is............stupid bowls! ............mmmmbudder oh yea I WUB YOUR COMICS! XD sowwie i wub comics
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ShinichiShin Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
superthanks for tutrial ^^
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noobheadz Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013   Digital Artist
I must try
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noobheadz Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013   Digital Artist
Dang it you need to use a real pencil D=
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SpiritTigar Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
such a big help! Thanks :)
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MissNightmares Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
when i use the bucket...there's these edges that aren't coloured....not the point ones but...all around n general...help?
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TamarinFrog Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Ah! That's annoying indeed. There is one way to get around it, at the up when you have bucket toll selected, there is a setting called "Tolerance" you can raise it and it should paint over those white dots better. Be warned though. You raise it too much and it starts to go over lines too if your line work is too thin.

Now, the BEST way to color (a method I learned later) is to use wand tool. Use wand tool to select the areas you want to color. Then expand the selected area by 1-2pixel (select>modify>expand) and then either fill or use bucket tool to color. That is how I color these days.
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MissNightmares Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013
it worked
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thank you so much :)
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TamarinFrog Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
That is great! Nice I could help. :)
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somerrocks Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
man......i wish i culd do all thsi in my gimp. (well i culd do it probobly BUT it wuld take some help from my tablet and i have NO idea how to get that litte layers things and transparency of layers i stink at it) man your comics rock XD
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empt-minded Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have NEVER thought to multiply the shadow layer asdfghjkl
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Mr-Bangala Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This looks very helpful and I thank you for your tutorial.
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REINDE-ER Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Student General Artist
Everything is clear now. :iconheplz:
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Dragonwish2 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
What text font do you use? Do you draw the speech bubbles by hand or use a tool for them? Lovely guide by the way.
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TamarinFrog Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I think I used "post human" font here.

You can draw speech bubbles by hand too. I personally use the ellipse tool.
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Rampage546 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
I cannot tell you how much I appreciate this! Thank you! I was going to try and start a comic, but I had no clue how. I must say the comic I wanted to start was very inspired by yours. If I ever do get on my feet and start a comic, I'll be sure to let everyone know how much you inspired me, and how helpful you were. Thank you! Thank you!!!
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TamarinFrog Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
That is so nice to hear! Best of luck in your own comic project! :D
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AlphaMoonlight Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
this is very helpful, thx for the tutorial XD
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Chapus2009 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this is VERY helpful! :O I'm curious, which Wacom tablet to you use? c: I've seen some and I'm planning to save money for one, because I'm better and more comfortable at drawing with a crayon rather than using the mouse. I went on the website but then they show me tons of products. o-o
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TamarinFrog Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Glad to hear you found this helpful. I am planning to do more tutorials in the future. :)

And I use... *looks at her tablet..* I use wacom intuos3. But this model is at least six years old so I don't think they sell this anymore (newer version for sure). But let me give you a tip. Don't worry too much about the size. Mine is one of the bigger ones but I know from the experience that drawing with the smaller ones is just as easy (once you learn the whole drawing with pen tablet style in general). So you may want to consider the smaller and cheaper products like the wacom bamboo. Look at them and think how much money you're willing to spend in it and then decide which product would be the best for you. :)
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Chapus2009 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, I see. :3 I took a look at the tablets they had and Wacom Bamboo Create looked good, would you recommend it? :) And I'm not too worried about the size, small is just good for me.

Btw, your art is AMAZING. ^-^ Must have taken LOTS of practice to get that good. x3
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TamarinFrog Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I haven't used it but I think it's safe to say that anything made by wacom is good. :)

And thank you! Yes, I've been doing this since I could hold a pencil There are still a lot to learn though.
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Chapus2009 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ok, thanks. :) Last question, is the Wacom compatible with laptops? o3o Cause we don't have a PC since our last one crashed. ;-;

Welcome. :D And wow, so you must have been doing it for a looong while! I like your Random Doom series. ^-^ My head is always full of ideas but I never seem to get the motivation to draw. >_<"
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TamarinFrog Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I think my fried uses his tablet with a laptop... Yes, they should work.

Haha! You never know where to start... I have the same problem sometimes. Well, best of luck in your works.
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Chapus2009 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ok, cool. 8D ONE last question (god my head is FILLED with them xD) is the Wacom tablet compatible with dA Muro? o3o

Yah... We can refer it as... artist's block. xD
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TamarinFrog Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I think it is. I've heard some people have had problems with the pen pressure but I'm not sure about that... I'll try it quickly. Nope! My tablet works just fine with it. :)
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Grasschamp Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I am in the process of making a comic right now. This guide could be quite useful if I used it correctly.
I thank you for putting up something this incredibly helpful!
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