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Creating Comics in Illustrator by Lanisatu Creating Comics in Illustrator by Lanisatu

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My tutorial for creating comics with Adobe Illustrator. I used Illustrator CS3 for creating the comic page in the tutorial, but there are notes on how to create similar results in legacy versions of Illustrator.

Please download the PDF and let me know if you have any questions. If you want to promote this tutorial, please link to my post about it on my art blog, as I can follow up questions there more quickly.

This tutorial won second place in the DaniDraws.com Art and Learning Contest

This tutorial was featured on Vectortuts in 20 Challenging Illustrator Tutorials on Deviantart, listed at number 10.

If you've seen this tutorial promoted elsewhere, feel free to let me know.


Written by Emily Gonsalves. Not to be re-distributed without permission. Promotion encouraged :)


Edit: If you liked this, you may also like my tutorial on How to Create a Fantasy Character in illustrator (published on Vectortuts+).

Edit #2: Wow! Thanks so much for the Daily Deviation! It will take me a while to get through the new faves and everything on this now. I'm so glad to see this is useful to so many people :) It really encourages me to work on writing a new tutorial!
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Daily Deviation

Given 2011-02-25
Combining Vector Resource Friday with Comics & Cartoons Week is a fun treat with Creating Comics in Illustrator by ~Lanisatu. This fabulous vector tutorial provides in-depth information for Adobe Illustrator users that want to learn more about vector comic art. ( Suggested by kangel and Featured by FantasyStock )
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katana2665 Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
I realize that this is older, but you did a nice job on the tutorial.
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Lanisatu Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Thank you. Glad you enjoyed it.
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Michael-Sammler Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist
OK. You have saved me much frustration. I haven't used illustrator for a year and forgot everything. Not to mention this is the first time I used it for making a comic book. I am still on CS2 but will update after getting a new computer. Zooming in to %6400 is a pain.
I was pretty frustrated till I walked through this tutorial. Simple and informative.
Thank You!!
Michael
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Lanisatu Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
You are very welcome! I'm glad you found it so useful. Best of luck with your project :)
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daniel-pdx Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012
Wow. I am looking forward very much to studying this. Thanks very much!
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Lanisatu Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
You are very welcome and I hope you find it useful!
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BeastWithinMe Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Liked and faved!!!
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Lanisatu Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Thank you :)
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ENLITZ Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
cool
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Lanisatu Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks.
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unkjay Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011
oh thank you! thank you so much
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Lanisatu Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
you're very welcome. Glad you found it helpful :)
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FantasyStock Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011
Congratulations on your Daily Deviation!! :+fav: This resource has been featured in my latest news article: February 2011 Resources DDs
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Lanisatu Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks! :)
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FantasyStock Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
:hug:
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TanithLipsky Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011
cool
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Lanisatu Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
thanks :)
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Liz-H-Alexander Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Hmm...interesting. Will definitely keep this in mind. :D
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Lanisatu Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
please do, if you think the techniques will be useful for you :)
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SweetAppleTea Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011
I'm glad that you included shortcuts for the PC and for Mac users. Thank you for a well-made tutorial!
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Lanisatu Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
You're very welcome. I switch back and forth, so it was only natural to me to include both in a self-published tutorial. Makes it easier for more people to use the techniques :)
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jacobzilla90s Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is very usefull thank you
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Lanisatu Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
You're welcome :) glad you found it useful.
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shikkaba Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
OMG Emily!!!!! Finally someone I know gets a DD!!!!!!! Congrats!
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Lanisatu Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks! :)

It's my first!
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aDarkWingedAngel Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2009
Thanks, I have just started down the path of using Illustrator I was happy to find this while looking for resources. :+fav:
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Lanisatu Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
You're welcome, glad you found it helpful. And thanks for the fave :)

Feel free to ask me any questions you have about anything not covered in the tutorial.
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aDarkWingedAngel Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2009
Wow... thanks! I may take you up on that once I get a chance to give it a go. :D Thank you very much!
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Lanisatu Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
You're welcome. I've been thinking of writing more tutorials anyway, as people seem to really like this one.

And thanks for the watch :)
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aDarkWingedAngel Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2009
Your welcome on the watch and I look forward to any other info that you decide to share in the form of tutorials. :nod: :thumbsup:
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abbiefranchette Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2008
great tutorial. This was helpful :)
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Lanisatu Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks. Glad you found it helpful :)
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