As I’m sticking with the same layout for the whole series of Gargoyle comic strips, I’ve saved the four-frame layout as a template, which is simply the blank comic strip before I’ve added any drawings or text.
All I have to do next time is open the template and get straight on with the drawing.
The title of the strip goes in a fifth frame; the only difference is that this one has no border around it.
Frame & Paper
What once seemed obscure has now become second nature to me. For instance, when using the pen or pencil tool, I was often baffled when the mouse-pointer changed to a ‘No Entry’ sign and I was unable to draw. Now if that happens, I head straight for the Frames palette as it usually turns out that I’m attempting to draw on the ‘Frame’ rather than on the virtual ‘paper’ (my layers for roughs, pencils, pen and paint) inside that frame.
Colour Set & Colour Wheel
For my first Adam & the Gargoyle comic strip I kept the process as simple as possible by accepting all the defaults. I chose colours from the Default color set but I’m now starting to use the Colour Wheel, which gives an almost infinitely varied choice of colours.
Borders and Balloons
I’m now able to adjust the width of the border around each frame and of the border around the speech bubbles.
Clip Paint Studio EX: the iPad version is currently free for the first six months, if you want to try it.